The author of the Search, John Battelle, has made 14 predictions about developments in search-enging technology in 2007.
I agree with the challenge to Google's perceived dominance, and to some of the possible corporate mergers, but much of the rest seems to be speculative. . . . [more]
There's been a lot of talk about phishing recently, and there's always a low level growl about those spam emails that pass themselves off as some missive from work. It's just a fact of life: people lie. At least some people do, and when there's money in it, the lies get as big as the Brooklyn Bridge. But of course, we'd never lie. At least not like that.
Most of you are familiar with, WestlaweCARSWELL’s Litagor service. Until recently, those of us in the academic setting were able to use it and found it very useful from a number of different perspectives. Students taking part in moot court competitions, civil procedure study and paper writing all found Litigator to be an excellent tool for use in their research and learning experience. Faculty members were also finding it most useful as an access point for material that was not otherwise readily abundant. I’ve used the past tense in describing Litigator’s use in the academic context, because it is no . . . [more]
Thanks to Steve Matthews for clearing up some misconceptions over at Vancouver Law Librarian Blog.
In his post RSS and Viruses? he clarifies:
Are RSS feeds a virus risk for law firms? or any other company? I've had this question before, so let's clear this up. The answer is NO!
RSS is an xml file, which by definition is an ASCII text file with mark up. It is an interpreted file. By itself, it cannot execute a virus. The only potential risk would be within the feed's description field, which can carry html data. Viruses can be embedded within
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Serious issues which we might well consider exploring more fully in future posts on Slaw.
SYMPOSIUM: OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING AND THE FUTURE OF LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP
Joseph Scott Miller
10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 733 (2006)
Michael W. Carroll
10 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 741 (2006)
Access to primary and secondary legal materials is a . . . [more]
For those of you who are the administrators/facilitators of a group wiki:
The DARwiki has some hints and tips for improving and promoting participation in community-based wikis. Some DOs and DON'Ts that are mentioned include:
-DON'T create empty pages
-DON'T do it all yourself
-DON'T over organize
-DO initiate a wiki project (focus on a specific page or set of pages for a limited time period)
-DO design a good FAQ for the wiki
For the first time in federal court, two coveted media seats are reserved for bloggers. Not only that but the court is providing WiFi to permit them to blog live.
En effet, 2 bloggers auront des siègent réserver dans le cadre de la sélection des jurés pour le procès pour parjure d'I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby qui est accusé d'avoir menti aux enquêteur chargés de faire la lumière sur la fuite dans les médias du nom d'une agente secrète de la CIA, Valerie Plame. . . . [more]
Justia, a legal technology firm released BlawgSearch.com, a search engine and directory of legal blogs, and Blawgs.fm, a search engine and directory of legal podcastsWe discussed this briefly, earlier this month, but now it's launched..
BlawgSearch.com includes a directory of over 1,000 editorially selected legal blogs, which are categorized by subject matter and locality. The BlawgSearch.com search engine enables sorting of results by relevance and posting date, and allows subscriptions to RSS feeds of the searches. BlawgSearch.com also includes daily, weekly, monthly and all time legal blog popularity rankings.
Slaw ended up as fifth highest ranked in the . . . [more]
Jim Milles, director of the Law Library at the University of Buffalo Law School, is teaching a course this spring entitled Teaching Legal Research.
The lecture for his first class was yesterday and is available in the form of a podcast.
Milles will be podcasting all of his lectures in the class.
On their own, I don't think podcasts make for effective teaching tools because a large part of the learning experience involves interaction, reading, etc.
It appears though that the intention is for the site to include links to teaching materials in other formats such as PDF. I . . . [more]
The draft program for the 2007 conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries is up on the association's website.
The event takes place in Ottawa from May 6 to the 9th, 2007 at the Fairmont Château Laurier, located just east of Parliament Hill.
Conference topics include:
- Managing the impact of technological change in law libraries
- Change management case studies
- Developing a Core Foreign and International Law Collection
- The Ultimate End-User: the Public's Access to Law Libraries and Legal Information
- The Trail of a Trial
- Leveraging Library Skills and Competencies to Promote Knowledge Management Initiatives
- Are we becoming a secret
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This is in the way of a postscript to Connie Crosby's previous entry on January 5th. As I commented on the posting, I was in New York last week, and had some time to visit the New York Public Library and to look at some of their special collections. Its one of the few places where the general public can do this, subject to understandable restrictions. They have some amazing stuff, but I was impressed by the amount of visual material that they were scanning and making available in the NYPL Digital Gallery. I did a brief search using . . . [more]