The semantic web is coming, the semantic web is coming!
Simon Chester alerted us a while ago to Google Lab’s new project: Stub Posting on Google Squared. It has now launched: http://www.google.com/squared. Simon C asked in his post what Slaw readers might make of this, and I’d like to repeat his question now that you can take it out for a spin and kick its tires. I can see how the basic organization into fundamental facets that shift depending on the nature of your search terms would be useful to school students; but I’m not sure whether it will enhance more sophisticated requests of the kind Slaw readers might make of Google.
As an aside, I still think there’s a lot Google could and should do to help legal researchers, whether amateur or professional, by tweaking its algorithms to recognize legal terminology and concepts. Google Squared would be a place for them to start.