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Google Toolbar for Firefox

Google has released a stable (non-beta) version of its toolbar for Firefox. I won’t go through all of the features — some of you may already be using the toolbar for IE, though if you’re not using Firefox you should consider it seriously: tabbed browsing and popup blocking would alone make Firefox superior, but there’s lots more. Of the toolbar features, highlighting searched-for terms, word-find (finding your searched-for terms in a page), and Google suggest are those that make it interesting. . . . [more]

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Downsizing Your Library Collection

The Fogler Rubinoff library recently faced the daunting task of disposing of 200 boxes of books which had formerly occupied shelves in our library but were now, with a prior library downsizing, a recent move, and the availability of all of the material online, in a storage facility in the basement of the TD Centre. After many phone calls and listserv postings, we discovered that print report series have no value and that it is difficult and time consuming to find a home for them. Neither University of Toronto nor York University had any interest in the series. We had . . . [more]

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WestlaweCarswell

I had a demonstration from a representative of WestlaweCarswell yesterday: they are developing keycite links to related documents to full-text cases, so that you will be able to link to factums, pleadings, etc. This now works on Westlaw US. I don’t know who if anyone is betatesting this in Canada, but it would be a good idea for Canadian researchers to check the US Westlaw version to see if all the panoply of documents available in the US is relevant or necessary in Canada, outside of the factums that is.

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Stikeman’s Guide to Securities Act Changes

Globe and Mail subscribers may have noticed the ad from Stikeman Elliott offering a free “a comprehensive analysis of Securities Act amendments that expand the potential liabilities of Canadian public companies and income trusts – as well as their officers, directors, trustees and advisers.” You can see their ad online at:
http://www.stikeman.com/pdf/LitUnleased_05_GMad.pdf

To get it you have to email or phone Stikeman’s. I presume it’s available in digitized form.

The amendments have been incorporated into the online version of Ontario’s Securities Act, and can be found at Part XXIII.1.

[Wouldn’t it be great to be able to insert an . . . [more]

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The Challenge to Traditional Publishing

Larry Lessig’s blog has an advance copy of an OECD report on scientific publishing and the impact that digital distribution has on traditional models of intermediation through traditional commercial publishers.

I suspect that it has many echoes in the legal research field as well.

Reinforces my mantra that publishers cannot continue to make money simply funnelling public content to us at a markup, but must find ways to add significant value.

The report is at http://www.lessig.org/blog/archives/oecd_sci.pdf . . . [more]

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Short URLs — Again — Briefly

I recently posted about PURLs, the venerable OCLC service for providing persistent, and incidentally shorter, URLs. If it’s the shortening feature you want, and if you use Firefox (and who doesn’t?), you may be interested in the Firefox extension W3T URL Shrinker. Once installed, you right click on the page you want a short address for, choose “Shorten this URL” from the context menu, and up comes the brief address.

You can find it at a very long URL, or at http://w3t.org/?u=2yc . . . [more]

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Index to Common Law Festschriften

Pat Northey of LawHawk in New Zealand sends this to Slaw:

The Index to Common Law Festschriften is an exciting new addition to legal research is the culmination of a three-year project funded by the Law Foundation and undertaken by a small team at the University of Auckland Library and Law School under the direction of Professor Mike Taggart. This is the first index of contributions to common law Festschriften and fills a serious bibliographic gap in the literature of the common law. This collection is complemented by the Legal Essays collection available from the Davis Law Library.

There are . . . [more]

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Camera Phone Scanner

[S]oftware, developed by NEC and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in Japan, goes further than existing cellphone camera technology by allowing entire documents to be scanned simply by sweeping the phone across the page….

Using the new software with a 1-megapixel camera held at least 20centimetres away, an A4 sized page takes about 3 to 5 seconds to scan. This produces between 21 and 35 images which the software merges together to extract the text and record any images….

[T]he concern now is that this technology will catapult the publishing industry into a copyright furore similar to

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Technology & First Year Law Students

Every year at the UVic Faculty of Law we have our 1st year students fill out a survey, which among other things, asks them about the technology that they are bringing with them into law schools. It is interesting to see the trends over the three years that we have been administering the survery (see the PDF for the charts that tell the story). Some of the highlights are:

  • 2 students out of the 104 surveyed do not have access to either a laptop or a computer at home.
  • 86% of students own laptops, and 86% of those laptops are
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Internet and Surveillance

Reporters Without BordersReporters Without Borders defends imprisoned journalists and press freedom throughout the world, as well as the right to inform the public and to be informed, in accordance with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Reporters Without Borders has nine national sections (in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom), representatives in Abidjan, Bangkok, Istanbul, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Tokyo and Washington and more than a hundred correspondents worldwide.
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