Canada’s online legal magazine.

Researching Medical Literature

For those of you who access PubMed or NLM Gateway for medical literature, here is a useful article from the New England Journal of Medicine on researching: “Searching for the Right Search – Reaching the Medical Literature”: Dr. Steinbrook describes how web-based search engines are transforming our use of medical literature, and discusses the various search engines available, eg. PubMed, Google Scholar, and Yahoo. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Recherche Ponctuelle Et Recherche Sublime

Those were the terms that Harry Arthurs used a quarter of a century ago in the SSHRC Study into Law and LearningReport of the Consultative Group on Research and Education in Law, mandated by Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Law and Learning / Le droit et le savoir.

And a comment at the end of a recent Tribune piece on Outsourcing legal research leads me to ask who in fact does know more.

The comment is made by David Goodman, a practising lawyer who says he doesn’t feel threatened by Dov Siedman’s cadre of moonlighting professors who’ll . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Wikipedia’s Wikilaw Project

From the ABA’s question of the week: QUESTION OF THE WEEK
: What would you be willing to contribute to Wikipedia’s Wikilaw project?
There’s a new legal resource on the horizon, and it’s going to be written by you—or anyone else who has knowledge of the law and time to put it into words. It’s called WikilawSee the interesting debate on Larry Lessig’s blog about whether this is a doomed undertaking, and it’s being spawned from Wikipedia, the Internet-based encyclopedia that allows anyone to contribute and/or edit entries. The goal of Wikilaw—as stated on its home . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Book Rate Safe

There was a rumour going around recently that the special Canada Post rate for mailing library books which some institutions enjoy would soon be discontinued. TALL President Wendy Reynolds has contacted the Canadian Library Association about it. She has confirmed this was just a rumour, that the book rate is continuing.

Moreover, Canada Post, the Canadian Library Association and l’Association pour la science et les techniques de la documentation (ASTED) launched a new tool for shipping library books with the Library Book Rate in late November 2005. Press release.

If you have any questions regarding the Library Book Rate . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Search Engine Watch

Slaw’ers often make posts regarding a new search engine or tool available on the web; for a wider angle view of this topic Search Engine Watch is a site dedicated to new developments in this area.

This site includes: Ratings of various engines and services, a Resource Page, which includes reviews, tutorials etc., a daily and/or monthly newsletter that one can subscribe to, a blog and it is all available via RSS if one so desires. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous


Thanks to a comment by Michael Lines on my electronic discovery piece, I've discovered the InterPARES Project at the University of British Columbia: The International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES) aims at developing the theoretical and methodological knowledge essential to the long-term preservation of authentic records created and/or maintained in digital form. This knowledge should provide the basis from which to formulate model policies, strategies and standards capable of ensuring the longevity of such material and the ability of its users to trust its authenticity.
Posted in: Miscellaneous

The Lawyer-IT Dialogue

In a recent post (see Electronic Discovery) I raised the often troublesome relationship between lawyers and IT folk in law firms. One of my jobs at Osgoode Hall Law School over the past few years has been to mediate between the IT people and the faculty, and so I know a little about this vexed meeting of minds, but I’d imagined that somehow things would be better worked out in the professional context of practice than in the sometimes quirky academic world. Seems I may have been wrong.

Do your IT people talk to your lawyers? Do the lawyers . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Quaero (Sed Non Invenio)

Quaero is billed as Europe’s answer to Google, but it has a lot to live up to….

So far Quaero is just a scattering of top tech minds in labs across France and Germany, working on what they hope will be the world’s most advanced multimedia search engine.

Quaero epitomizes European ambitions — especially for French President Jacques Chirac — of creating alternatives to U.S. technological prowess. But facing off against super-rich, super-talented U.S. companies may prove daunting for the cumbersome consortium of European companies and public agencies hatching Quaero.
Globetechnology: European tech giants craft search engine

Yep. That and . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Electronic Discovery

Not being a practicing lawyer, I’ve required more than a moment to clue into the depth and difficulty of the problems facing law firms and their clients as a result of all of the current forms of electronic data, ranging from emails to material on web sites, or blogs for that matter.

As I’m sure the rest of Slaw knows, these forms are more evanescent than good old paper, and are more subject to easy… emendation, shall we say, or to unintended publication. These foibles can prove troublesome within lawsuits, for example, when documents must be produced or otherwise made . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Mining the Deep Web

When teaching students or lawyers about legal research on the Internet, I usually try to also explain the concept of the “deep” or “invisible” web – the large number of webpages that are not indexed by major search engines. One of the more complete online articles on the topic of finding this sort of material is by Marcus P. Zillman on His article is entitled “Deep Web Research 2005” and can be found here. The Wikipedia entry on “deep web” can be found here. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous