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My New Twitter Tool – a Monday Fillip?

With Simon F being in Spain and all, it seems we fell down a bit on one of our regular editorial items – the Friday Fillip.

While I won’t even try to fill Simon’s shoes, I would like to offer up my latest web-experiment as a Monday pseudo-fillip:… A site showing the most recent twitter entries from individuals connected to the legal industry; around 150-ish at last count. If you’ve heard of twitter, and want to see what the service looks like without the investment, I’d encourage you to check it out.

Also related & potentially helpful . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Conference – May 25-28, 2008

CALL/ACBD’s annual conference is quickly approaching. This year we are meeting in beautiful Saskatoon. There is still time to register if you have not yet done so! Also, the pre-conference workshop on Saturday, May 24th is the Law Library Leadership Institute looks outstanding.

If you go, please say hello. . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: CLE/PD, Legal Information

2008 Webby Award Winners in the Law Category

Yesterday the Webbies were announced. They’re described by the New York Times as ‘the Oscars of the internet’, and are judged by a panel which includes Simpsons creator Matt Groening and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Once you get beyond the gushing over the creative use of new technologies by Stephen Colbert for the Colbert Report and on the Obama campaign, the list includes a couple of quite excellent law-related websites.

Out-law by Pinsent/Masons we’ve blogged about over the last couple of years, won the overall Best Website Award. Even more remarkable, it was the first non-US site to . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

CanLII Reaches Half a Million Cases

The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII), the source of free online Canadian legal information created by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, announced earlier this week that it has surpassed the 500,000 case mark in its database:

“When it was launched in the fall of 2000, CanLII contained less than 30,000 cases. Over the years, the content development went through various stages: first, recent cases from all appeal and superior courts, then from all courts, and so on. Recently, focus has been placed on the addition of important historical case law as well as administrative tribunals. All those

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Posted in: Legal Information: Publishing

Show Me You Care

In this crazy world of competing deadlines, priorities, sound bites and instant communication technology it sometimes seems harder than ever to nurture the important relationships in our lives. We are all under such pressure to perform and to achieve there is little time left in the day to reach out and show someone that we care.

The energy between two people is what creates great marriages, families, teams, and organizations. Yet, when we think consciously about improving our lives, we put almost all of our effort into self-development. (Tom Rath, Vital Friends)

It’s easy to forget that there . . . [more]

Posted in: Practice of Law

VoIP a Problem for Emergency Calls

Last week we saw the unfortunate death of a toddler due to the 9-1-1 team being dispatched to Mississauga instead of his home in Calgary. His family was exclusively using VoIP–or Voice Over Internet Protocol, a telephone system using the Internet rather than the cellular or land line system–through ComWave. They had moved and their records had been updated, but their emergency records had not been updated.

I always wondered why, when I signed on with Skype (an international VoIP system that has some level of free calls), it cautions that it is not meant to be used as an . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

ArtMob Exploring Intellectual Property in Canada

Last week I was invited, wearing my hat of law librarian, to participate in a round table discussion on art, the Internet and intellectual property with the group ArtMob. ArtMob is a group of artists, scholars and other stakeholders interested in the intersection between Canadian culture and copyright and intellectual property law, and how it comes into play with the Web. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Information Management, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Substantive Law, Technology

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre tracks companies around the globe whose practices infringe human rights. From the “About” page:

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has become the world’s leading independent resource on the subject. Our website is updated hourly with news and reports about companies’ human rights impacts worldwide – positive and negative.

We seek responses from companies to allegations of misconduct: thus ensuring that our coverage is balanced and encouraging companies to address concerns raised by civil society.

The website covers over 4000 companies, over 180 countries.

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Posted in: Substantive Law