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Digital Developments

I didn’t post yesterday, as I confess to being bleary eyed and jet lagged from travelling and reception libations to think clearly. I’m attending the joint meetings of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the American Association of Research Libraries (ARL) at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. I thought Slawyers would be interested in three of these.

The first is project Alouette Canada, about which I posted in January, they now have a website which gives some basic information although the project is still under development.

The second is the Public Knowledge Project spearheaded by the amazing . . . [more]

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More on Taxonomies – and KM

Inspired by recent posts encouraging a general taxonomy initiative and, as well, participation in firm (0r other internal) KM initiatives, I thought I’d bring to the attention of the KMers among us an upcoming SLA Click U course which sounds as though it will bring the two subjects together: Taxonomy KM — Where to Go Once the KM Program Is Already in Place. I have no other information about this course or the instructor apart from what is on the site, nor have I any personal experience with SLA’s Click U web-delivered courses. However, particularly as a single . . . [more]

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The Daily Feed

For a while I would get Statistics Canada‘s The Daily via a news feed from the federal government newsroom. The trouble I found was that the feed only gave you a link to the website for the Daily, which was hardly worth anything at all.

Now I see that there are separate feeds for a variety of subjects that The Daily reports on. This may be news to some, so herewith those subjects and a link to the StatsCan feed:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts, culture and recreation
  • Business enterprises
  • Communications
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Government
  • Health
  • Justice
  • Labour
  • Manufacturing
  • National
. . . [more]
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CanLII Find – by Citation

Alejandro (Alex) Manevich, the multi-talented research lawyer at Ogilvy Renault in Toronto, writes to say that he likes our CanLII Find bookmarklet so much that he changed it. He finds he uses citations as his query terms, and so he’s hacked the little thing to make it search CanLII for the citations of his choice.

His happy modification is here: CanLII Find – Citation (IE).

Note that this only works with IE. (I’ll see if I can whip up a Firefox version.) Drag it to your favourites bar or treat it as a bookmark. If you highlight a citation . . . [more]

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The Universal Library

Simon Chester reaches out from Edinburgh (forcing me to remember how to spell it) to point me to an article in last weekend’s New York Times Magazine, “Scan This Book!” by Kevin Kelly, honcho at Wired Magazine (and maker of one of my favourite sites, Cool Tools). Kelley reports on the various initiatives that are underway around the world to digitize all of the world’s books — literally. We’ve touched on them from time to time here at Slaw… Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive, Google’s troubled efforts, Amazon’s plan… but Kelley also talks about the Chinese enterprises and . . . [more]

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LexisNexis Canada Adds RSS

Connie’s dream of having all the new publisher offerings on a single website may soon be attainable!

Our friend Library Boy is noting the recent addition of RSS Feeds for LexisNexis Canada.

Here’s the full list.

I believe some of these feeds were available previously (What’s New, News Releases, & The Lawyers Weekly) , but some look to be new, and the ‘one-stop-shop’ approach is definitely a nice addition. So… kudos to Lexis for jumping on the RSS Bandwagon!

Who’s next? . . . [more]

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A Rose by Any Other Name?

I am currently in the process of up-dating my guide to Australian legal research on LLRX.com. One of the things I always have to change is the current state of the names of the major legal publishers and their respective ‘big’ databases. As the take-overs and buy-outs and mergers continue so do the name changes, although, frustratingly, there’s rarely a quick changeover and sometimes a merger of the names, confusing many people and meaning that my Guide is rarely current on this aspect. In Australia Butterworths and Law Book Company were, for many decades, the main law publishers, trailed at . . . [more]

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CALL Hangover?

My first CALL Conference ended last Wednesday, and I’d like to say thanks to the many members of CALL that made the experience first class!

I met an amazing number of people, and for the first time was able to put faces to names. From listserv personalities to fellow Slaw members, the Canadian law library community suddenly become tangible to me. A large percentage of people I spoke with had exposure to me via Slaw or my personal blog, and in traditional Librarian fashion, didn’t hesitate to introduce themselves! As someone who can become locked in their ‘reserved’ moments, . . . [more]

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Mesh Conference – Michael Geist Interviewed by Rob Hyndman



Michael Geist interviewed by Rob Hyndman



Notes by Connie Crosby – any inaccuracies or ommissions are mine and not the speakers’

Bill 60 Copyright died on the Order Paper; new legislation is expected to be introduced this fall; Geist expects it to be more U.S.-style legislation.

The current protection tools currently don’t work. This legislation has an impact with free speech and scientific research.

iTunes phenomenon – they were able to negotiate content protection deals with the distributors – only did this once Napster made them realize how people wanted music delivered, and they were going to download whether they . . . [more]

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Mesh Conference 2006

Today and tomorrow I am attending the Mesh conference in Toronto talking about Web 2.0 issues. Jim Milles is here, too, blogging beside me so you might check out his blogs for additional perspective on the issues raised.

Day 1 is largely focussed on social, political and broadcasting/media issues. Day 2 (tomorrow) will have a more business / marketing / entrepreneurial focus.

One of the organizers is Rob Hyndman, so there are definitely legal issues are being addressed in the sessions.

The conference is being held in the funky MaRS Collaboration Centre on College St. (just west of University . . . [more]

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Atlantic Getting Wider

Since I’m in the East Neuk of Fife without access to the web, this posting will be brief – and without the usual bevy of hyperlinks that normally are scattered like vole droppings over my blog postings.

And the lack of web access also gives me some distance to think about Canadian law, as contrasted with English law as reflected in the four major Sunday papers.

It’s been interesting over the last thirty years to note how English law – once so central to Canadian law – has moved to the margins. And not to be replaced by American law . . . [more]

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More From CALL/ACBD 2006 – a Call for a Legal Taxonomy

Well, Simon Fodden’s intuition was correct. There does appear to be a need for a model legal taxonomy which can be used across Canada. At the CALL/ACBD conference in the Members’ Open Forum, there was a call for someone to put together one taxonomy for common and civil law rather than everyone reinvent the wheel. I don’t see that any official vehicle was put into place to achieve this other than it being a possible future research project. There does seem to be a lining up of the stars on this one if there is someone who wants to take . . . [more]

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