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For the Birds

The Canadian Constitution is a point of no small amount of pride in many Canadians and also a point of some contention. In this day and age we sometimes struggle to fit issues of the modern day with the Constitution. Equality rights, euthanasia, religion, terrorism and more, are all issues which we struggle to fit into our constitutional framework. Another issue has been added to the list: Migratory Birds.

In August of 1916 Canada (or more properly the U.K.) and the United States concluded a treaty in recognition of the importance of protecting Migratory Birds which were “…in danger . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Legislation

Google’s Intranet

For all of you who manage the firm intranet, or are charged with capture technologies for internal KM… do yourself a favour and check out this post on Google Blogoscoped.

A very interesting look at Google’s internal web functionality. Comes via a KM World webinar yesterday called Innovation@Google: A Day In The Life. An event I didn’t partake in, but really wished I had. :)

One of the screen captures below:

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Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management

Content Management vs. Knowledge Management

KMWorld’s recent article “Content Management vs. Knowledge Management: A Summary of Key Differences” highlights the key differences between content management systems and knowledge management systems. As the article points out, understanding these differences is important when deciding which type of solution will best meet your organization’s need for producing, creating, capturing, distributing and evaluating knowledge. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Information Management

New Quicklaw and WestlaweCarswell: Comparing the Two Platforms

Thought I’d pass along this excellent resource that was featured in a message posted to the NCALL listserv today by Neal Ferguson of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Ottawa. It’s a PowerPoint by Catherine Best of Best Canadian Guide to Legal Research fame that was used at a presentation to the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries last month. It’s available here.

The CanLII interface is also reviewed.

This will certainly be useful for legal research sessions when people start asking why they should use one resource over the other…. . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Legal Information: Publishing

UN Data

The UN Statistics Division has a search tool, UNdata, which is worth looking at. Drawing on 13 databases — environment, population, agriculture… but not law — UNdata provides a window on some 55 million records.

The search results are presented in a really useful format, as well. The results page offers you two tabs, Data Series and Table Presentations, that will give you documents or tables, respectively, in which your search terms appear. As well, in the Data Series tab you may choose whether to download the document, view it online, or preview it in a popup window.

[via . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information: Libraries & Research

Legal Antiquarian: New Blog on History of Daily Lives of Lawyers

Mike Hoeflich, a professor at the University of Kansas School, has just created a blog called The Legal Antiquarian.

As he mentions in his intro post last week, the blog deals with “the various aspects of legal history having to do with the daily life of lawyers and judges, as well as to the sources, manuscript, printed, and otherwise preserved which can be used to help understand how law and the legal profession functioned in the past. Among the subjects I will cover will be the daily lives of lawyers, their practices, their offices, the books they owned and . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Substantive Law, Technology: Internet

Google Advanced Search Changes

After years of looking the same, the Google Advanced Search page has changed. For the better:

It looks simpler, more straightforward to use. As far as I can remember, the features I used to use still seem to be there. Is anyone else missing anything?

This was quietly changed (no mention on the official blog) following the implementation of Google Teleportation. Note that, toward the bottom of the Advanced Search form, there is an option to search any one specific website domain which has been available all along. If you don’t get the Teleportation option from the Google . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Dominic Jaar Featured in Lexblog Q&A

Just a quick note to highlight the fact that Slaw’s own Dominic Jaar is featured on today’s lexblog Q&A.

This week’s interviews were all geared toward the upcoming ABA Techshow, but they were also very kind to Canadians. LSBC practice management advisor, and legal management blogger Dave Bilinsky was featured earlier in the week.

Congrats gentlemen! . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Inattention Devices

There’s a story I recall about some famous and brilliant mathematician — perhaps Norbert Wiener — who rarely took his nose out of a book and who didn’t like to waste time: he would read while walking to and from the classroom (or perhaps his office) but have his arm out such that with a small part of his (very big) brain he could count the doorframes as they were ticked off against his hand; at the right count, his wrist would stiffen, and with his arm as a lever, rotate himself into the room still reading.

Now, that’s multitasking. . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

What Happens When Your Library Is Finally Empty?

As Clay Shirky’s latest book makes clear, the internet’s reduction of publishing costs to effectively zero has critical implications for all the professions that are built upon the former reality of high publishing costs, librarianship and journalism among them. What will happen to libraries in the coming decades? Do libraries have staying power in the face of a total reversal of the economic reality they are predicated upon?

As the recent discussions on Slaw about changes at Lexis-Nexis Quicklaw and Canadian Law Book indicate, many expect primary legal resources in the digital age to be free of costs, perpetually available, . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information

Special Report on Technology and Government

In the February 14 edition, the Economist printed a special report on how governments are using technology to better communicate with citizens. The report contained a number of fascinating examples of the creative uses of information technology, but highlights the fact that governments are light-years behind businesses in using communication technology to serve people more efficiently.

The report tosses around two key terms: “i-government” and “e-government” . The first refers to the basic process of using the internet to provide information to citizens, while the second refers to providing government services directly to people through the internet.

A second way . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology