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Email Subscription

Slaw now offers email subscription. Using the text entry box in the right menu, you can obtain a daily digest of postings to Slaw, courtesy of Feedblitz. You ought to be able to unsubscribe very easily, and suspend email if you’re going to be away for a while. Feedblitz will provide you with a management link with each email and will once a month remind you of your Feedblitz password. Please let us know if for any reason this doesn’t work the way it ought. . . . [more]

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Amazon vs. Google

During all of this debate about Google Print, Amazon has been awfully quiet. But in reading the print version of Information Week (Nov 7, 2005) I came across a short article “Pay By The Page” outlining Amazon’s plans to expand its “Search Inside the Book” technology to let customers buy part of a book or read it online – for a fee.

This got my curiosity. In roaming around the web I came across references to two potential new services from Amazon, “Amazon Pages” and “Amazon Update” on a recent (Nov 3, 2005) CNET story:

Amazon’s new

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Commercial vs. Free Online Databases Survey Results

Two weeks ago when I’d last posted, I’d asked for replies on your use of commercial versus free online databases for legal research, with a breakdown between legislative, caselaw and legal commentary issues. My own practice is predominantly using commercial databases over free. The response I received from others on Slaw, and from some colleagues at my firm, were instructive: *Use of commercial ($) db’s rather than free: Legislation: 50%: 4 <50%: 3 50%: 1

*Use of $ db’s rather than free: Caselaw: 50%: 7 <50%: 0 50%: 1

*Use of $ db’s rather than free: Legal commentary: 50%: 7 . . . [more]

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The Personal Library

Books do furnish a room. Books map the brain of a reader. Our choice of books and our arrangement of them have meanings that tell stories and reveal patterns of thought.

Think about Walter Benjamin’s lovely essay in Illuminations on Unpacking a Library and how his books establish patterns and relationships. (If you have an Amazon account, look inside the book “Illuminations” at page 59.)

In the law I remember at the start of my career working with lawyers who had the luxury of extensive shelves, the curiosity to acquire books and the possibility posed by cheaper prices than today . . . [more]

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Echo / Écho

Documentation juridique. ServiceDoc Info – Blog Juridique – L’archivage électronique de l’histoire du droit:L’archivage électronique de l’histoire du droitlundi 14 novembre 2005Bonne idée et bonne pioche que Simon Chester a produit pour le compte du site collaboratif canadien slaw.ca.A partir de l’annonce de l’accord British Library / MSN largement relayé dans les médias, il constate avec anxiété que les ouvrages juridiques sont peu ou mal représentés dans l’offre actuellement disponibles.Mais il en profite pour lancer une sonde systématique sur les contenus en testant sur quelques grands classiques. Bonne occasion de repérer des sources ou des titres indispensables.De fait, il n’en trouve pas beaucoup, mais il constate avec amusement que la montée des néo-conservateurs rendaient certains ouvrages plus disponibles (“Funnily it was the rise of the neocons that make some of this material available”)Ce qui est fort intéressant dans ce post, c’est qu’il a déjà obtenu une réponse très détaillée proposant de nombreux liens très riches sur les projets de numérisation du droit canadien, dont notamment le répertoire des projets canadiens de numérisationVoir en ligne :Slaw, A Digital Archive of Legal History ? . . . [more]

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Soquij for the Chopper?

The biggest story in Canadian legal research and information tools all year and Slaw’s sitting on the sidelines. Shame on us for being so passive.

There’s a battle being waged over the largest official law reports in the country, the pioneer in the delivery of online legal information to the legal profession, now threatened with closure by a government that thinks that there’s no need for law reports with court websites and that editing and headnotes are relics from a quaint distant time.

I’m talking about the Charest government’s plans to close Soquij – even though it’s financially self-sustaining and . . . [more]

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New: Google Base – Opportunities for Legal Researchers?

CNN’s top technology news story today was the beta launch of Google Base, which is an online database hosted by Google to which anyone may upload data. The site includes the following description:

Google Base is a place where you can add all types of information that we’ll host and make searchable online.

You can describe any item you post with attributes, which will help people find it when they search Google Base. In fact, based on the relevance of your items, they may also be included in the main Google search index and other Google products like Froogle

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Scholarly Electronic Publishing

The [Houston Library] Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (SEPB) presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet.

This may not be of wide interest to readers of Slaw, but it could be a helpful resource for those who are looking for material on IP or DRM, for example. There’s a decent table of contents to the bibilography and the ability to subscribe to a RSS feed for updates. As well, you can search the bibilography. . . . [more]

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Hello From San Jose!

Ocean Beach

Originally uploaded by ConnieC.

Hello from San Jose!

I am learning a lot and connecting with a number of people, so I am finding it to be quite worthwhile so far. Last night I discovered the official conference wiki. It uses Social Text wiki software which people seem to like. It includes a link to photos on Flickr which include the conference tag. At this point they will look pretty familiar if you’ve checked out my blog since so far I’m the only one who has added anything in. It helped that I was already using . . . [more]

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