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Online Discussion Post-Usenet

An event perhaps long overdue, today May 20, 2010 is the day Duke University will shut down the Internet’s first discussion forum. The “Users Network” or its more recognizable name ‘Usenet’ was started in 1979, and evolved to more than 120,000 newsgroups on almost every subject imaginable.

We could call Usenet the Twitter of yesteryear, and that wouldn’t be too far off. But even as we say good-bye, I see attributes in Usenet that are still somewhat unique. Will we ever see the Internet offer a single source and location of global discussion? It’s not likely.

I also find . . . [more]

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Twapper Keeper: Archive Your Tweets by Hashtag, Keyword or Person

Came across a cool Twitter app I didn’t know about yesterday: Twapper Keeper. Twapper Keeper lets you create an archive based upon hashtag, keyword, or person. All the relevant tweets are gathered in one place, and they can be exported and downloaded. The Twapper Keeper interface is easier to use than Google and this app gives you a great way to archive tweets from a conference, archive trending hashtags or keywords for historical or analysis purposes, or just for saving your own personal tweets. There are only 7500 Twapper Keeper archives now, but I am sure this number will grow. . . . [more]

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Canadian Forum on Court Technology – September 22-23, 2010

Earlier this week, I was at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries in Windsor, where I had the opportunity to hear Pierre-Paul Lemyre from LexUM.

He was speaking about the Guidelines for Canadian Court Web Sites being developed by the Canadian Centre for Court Technology.

He mentioned that the Centre is organizing a Canadian Forum on Court Technology in Ottawa on September 22 and 23.

The final version of those web site guidelines should be about ready by then. Slaw contributor Patrick Cormier described the process for developing those guidelines in January 2010. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Technology: Internet

The Evolution of Law-Related Knowledge Management in North America – Opportunities for Law Librarians

I had the pleasure of presenting on knowledge management at the CALL/ACBD/MichALL law library conference currently underway in Windsor, Ontario. I shared the panel with Ginevra Saylor of Fraser Milner Casgrain, Denise Bonin of andornot, and SLAW’s own Simon Fodden.

It would appear that knowledge management is alive and well, albeit perhaps in an evolving manner. I will try to post shortly in more detail on the discussions that ensued at the session but thought for now I would post here at the following link a PDF of the paper I submitted called The Evolution of Law-Related Knowledge . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Practice of Law: Future of Practice, Technology: Internet

Washington Supreme Court Supports Library’s Stringent Internet Filtering Policy

The Supreme Court of Washington issued a decision on May 6th supporting a public library’s decision to fully filter Internet content, stating that such filtering could be viewed as “collection development”. The case is known as Bradburn vs. North Central Regional Library District.

Library Journal has an article that summarizes the decision and provides reactions and predictions from various experts. . . . [more]

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Chesapeake Project Study on “Link Rot” and Legal Resources on the Web

The Chesapeake Project Legal Information Archive has just published its 3rd annual study of link rot (see link in the top right of the home page under “Additional Resources”).

Link rot describes “a URL that no longer provides direct access to files matching the content originally harvested from the URL and currently preserved in the Chesapeake Project’s digital archive (…) In some instances, a 404 or ‘not found’ message indicates link rot at a URL; in others, the URL may direct to a site hosted by the original publishing organization or entity, but the specific resource has been removed or . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Technology: Internet

New Google Results Page

The new Google search results page finally got propagated as far as my browser mere moments ago.

Google will now use a full two column display (with a third column on the right for ads). Where before options were strung out across the top (“web images blogs” etc), they’re now arrayed at the left in bold colour:

The various filters and facets affecting the results can be displayed in a drop-down list. It doesn’t seem possible to set that list to expanded or collapsed within your preferences, but perhaps I’ve missed something. . . . [more]

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Tweets Are Almost the New Quotes

Yesterday the official Twitter blog announced that they would be releasing a feature allowing embedded Tweets, similar to how we embed YouTube videos.

Earlier today the feature went live on a site called Blackbird Pie,

The origin of the script is both self- and user-centered. Mostly, we just think it’s a pain to take screen grabs of tweets. But of course we also think it’s a much better user experience to have @-mentions, hashtags and the account itself all linked and clickable.

I’ve played with a little bit, and there still seems to be some bugs. For example, the . . . [more]

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Archiving Tweets Revisited

Despite the debate about whether tweets are a valid form of writing and what Google and the Library of Congress are doing with tweet archives, privacy etc., I want to write about archiving twitter streams. Perhaps if I put my thoughts out there (on the web) I believe I will be able to find those thoughts later when I need them. In 140 character thought bytes.

Steve has written about the value of tweeting at a conference and Simon F. has written about archiving tweets, but things have changed a bit (byte) as they tend to do.

The Legal . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management, Technology: Internet

FireFox Adds Toolbar Customization

Not that Firefox wasn’t the most customizable browser already, but the upcoming edition will allow you to add and remove elements from all installed toolbars – paring your experience down to a single row, if desired.

As someone who currently uses three rows of toolbars, plus the area taken up by in-browser tabs, screen real estate is always an issue. Moving to larger monitors & screen resolutions does help, but it remains a constant balance between adding functionality -vs- viewable area. Knowing that I’m overly reliant on my ‘bookmarks toolbar’ – which I jam as many essential links into as . . . [more]

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Free Online Legal Research: Lesser Known Links to Amaze Even the Most Experienced Researcher

Connie Crosby and I will be co-presenting with two American law library colleagues (Jane Edwards and Marlene Coir) in a few weeks at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries in Windsor, this year a joint conference with the Michigan Association of Law Libraries.

Our topic is “Legal Research Free and Fast!” and we will be making available a jointly-authored paper that provides an overview and analysis of “free” versus “fee” online research tools.

My personal challenge for the presentation – and I assume perhaps a challenge shared by my co-panelists – is what free Internet-based, law-related . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Technology: Internet