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Statute Law Database

Hello everyone – my first post, well overdue.

At last I have some news in response to Nick’s email some time ago querying the status of UK online legislation. An internal pilot of the Statute Law Database has recently been completed and is being evaluated.

The database is expected to be made available to Government departments in April. A pilot of the public service will follow in May, with the service expected to go live by the end of this year. The publicly-accessible database is intended to be freely available.

However our English colleagues are a little wary of these . . . [more]

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Older English Newsmagazines

Moving away from tales of love, I thought I’d mention a fabulous Web site from Oxford, called the Internet Library of Early Journals. It includes the full text facsmile and searchable versions of a number of very important early journals, or news magazines, the equivalent’s in part of today’s Macleans or Time. The collection includes titles like The Gentleman’s Magazine (no, not published by anyone named Hugh). As well as being a source of endless distraction for anyone who delves into them, as they include amusing letters and poetry, the journals are also an important source of legislative . . . [more]

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Law and Love – an Eclectic Research Nosegay for Valentine’s Day

The law can tell us a few things about love. Legislation, jurisprudence and doctrine.

Remember Wystan Auden’s poem, Law Like Love which you can hear read in the great man’s voice:

Law, says the judge as he looks down his nose,
Speaking clearly and most severely,
Law is as I’ve told you before,
Law is as you know I suppose,
Law is but let me explain it once more,
Law is The Law.

And Auden goes on to contrast that with love – but you really should read the work yourselves.

Let’s start with legislation. All young . . . [more]

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Back to Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan

Thanks to Steve Abram’s blog for a quite deliciously concise translation by Peter Binkley of Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan’s Five LawsRanganathan, S. R. (1957). The five laws of library science. London: Blunt and Sons, Ltd. The implications of Ranganathan’s work continue to be explored in the world of Web 2.0.

Libri utendi.
Omni libro lector.
Omni lectori liber.
Otium lectoris servandum.
Virescat biblioteca

So elegant in its simplicity . . . [more]

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Words, Words, Words – a Skyscrimble for Slaw

The wonderful Erik Heels told me ten years ago about a websiteCould it have been Random Website, Erik? that took one at random to unexpected destinations on Mr. Gore’s Information Superhighway.

I’ve lost the link, of course, but each week I try and stop by a wonderfully quirky collection of links at Web Zen.

This week’s links will I think appeal to Slaw readers, who are quintessentially people of the written wordI had initially written people of the book without realizing that this has a quite precise meaning in Islamic teaching.

The keeper is the Ask . . . [more]

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The Friday Fillip

…[T]he number of known blogs, now somewhere around 25 million, has been doubling every 5½ months… At this rate, in August 2009, the number of known blogs will more or less equal the population of the world.
Ongoing: Everybody’s Blogging

For a seriously detailed look at the blogosphere, see Sifry’s Alerts: State of the Blogosphere, February 2006 Part 1: On Blogosphere Growth. . . . [more]

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Hats Off to Steven

Delighted to see (thanks to Ron Friedmann’s blog ) that Steven’s smiling faceSee page 33 is found on an excellent piece in Jordan Furlong’s CBA National assessing the state of knowledge management in Canada as applied to law firmsI leave to one side my own work on this topic.

Ron observes that with trends in US law firms away from structured knowledge management, Canada may offer more interesting developments than south of the border.

But Slawers can also see what Steven Matthews, Knowledge Services Director, Clark Wilson,Vancouver, looks like in person. . . . [more]

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IT and Lawyers — Can’t We All Get Along?

With all of the discussion earlier about II and Lawyers; I was half expecting to hear someone use the phrase … “can’t we all get along?” I deliberated on whether to enter this debate; but, after having gathered my thoughts here goes… First, to think that this is a problem of IT and lawyers is to look at this through too narrow a lens. Indeed, there is discussion throughout management and IT literature that is looking at the IT-Business problem. What follows here is one person’s view of the problem and some suggestions for dealing with it.
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