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New IBM Enterprise Search

Google News is reporting that IBM is about to give away a concept-based search engine for unstructured data:


This piece explains the concept

Search concepts, not keywords, IBM tells business
Mon Aug 8, 2005 12:02 AM EDT

By Eric Auchard

NEW YORK (Reuters) – IBM plans to give away key search technologies for corporate data retrieval that use concepts and facts instead of simpler “keyword” searches relied upon by consumer Web companies such as Google Inc., the world’s largest computer company said on Monday.

While simple but powerful keyword searches have revolutionized how Internet users locate and retrieve . . . [more]

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Internet Filtering in China

There was a recent news story on CBC about the stock of the Chinese search engine Baidu being traded on NASDAQ with an opening day gain of 354%. This reminded me of the important research being done through The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School on Internet filtering and censorship by the Chinese government. There is a full text report entitled Internet Filtering in China in 2004-200: A Country Study. From the executive summary of this report: . . . [more]

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Top Five Mistakes in Electronic Research

I’ve developed Top Five and Top Ten lists as part of the Boot Camp I teach, with my colleagues, to articling students at our law firm. While it started out in fun, I soon discovered that it was an effective teaching tool that students paid attention to (as opposed to anything else I said), and have spent time refining it recently. I thought I’d offer this one as my first post, (although it’s not very tech-y) and welcome comments.


1. Missed higher level of Court: This one’s a career-limiting move! Did . . . [more]

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Graphical Keycite on Westlaw

I was at a conference in San Antonio in July where Westlaw announced a new graphical interface for “shephardizing” US caselaw.

The dome url is

I talked to the Canadian rep who said this is under development in Canada, but not yet available. I reccomended that they consult with the legal research and academic communities on features, specifically on being able to note up foreign cases in Canadian courts, as this is now a significant aspect of Canadian legal research.

I urge Slawites to do the same.

I think graphical keycite is great, but I’d like to hear other . . . [more]

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Filtering Out Information by Delegation

A few months ago, in connection with a project to create a research “desktop” for the faculty and graduate students, I interviewed a number of my colleagues at Osgoode Hall Law School about how they do their research. I was particularly interested in how often and how well they used online databases, those to which the Osgoode library subscribes or the two commercial giants (which are free for academic use). I can’t say I was surprised by my informal findings, which can perhaps be best summarized by saying that faculty members use these databases far less than one might suppose . . . [more]

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StatsCan Goes to Law School

Statistics Canada has just released the “Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP), Canada, 2000”. This is the Canadian effort to match the U.S. CIP, which was first developed in 1980. These classifications may have a variety of uses beyond that for the collection of statistics.

Law as a “field of study” is listed under “Academic and Occupationally-Specific Programs” and is identified, as are all fields of study, by a double digit, in this case 22. That field is further broken up into:

  • Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate)
  • Law (First Professional Degree)
  • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (Graduate Level)
  • Legal
. . . [more]
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Out of the Jungle

Out of the Jungle: Thoughts on the present and future of legal information, legal research, and legal education is a new group blog founded by Jim Milles (Director of the Law Library at SUNY Buffalo), Billie Jo Kaufman, and Linda Ryan. It’s going to have an American focus, but as we are all facing more or less the same IT issues, I thought Slaw readers would like to know about this blog.

Jim Milles wrote a provocative article “Out of the Jungle” for the February 2005 issue of AALL Spectrum whereby he advocates that librarians focus more on . . . [more]

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