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Archive for May, 2006

Internet Archive and Copyright

Too late for our Theme Week on copyright but still interesting:

Michael Shamos, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said archiving like that done by the Internet Archive is “the biggest copyright infringement in the world,” but said it is done in a way “that almost nobody cares about.”
CNEWS (via AP): Internet Archive faces copyright suit

A couple of weeks ago a there was an item in the newsThe NY Times article is good, as is the piece in about a lawsuit by a company, Healthcare Advocates, against the Internet Archive for failing to do . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law

ALM and Lexis-Nexis Split – ALM Goes to Westlaw

LexisNexis and American Lawyer Media Part Ways

This week notices went out that American Lawyer Media publications would no longer be available via LexisNexis.

The notice offers no explanation for the discontinuation of ALM databases. Rather, it asserts that the lack of availability through LexisNexis “does not, in any way, alter LexisNexis’ value for customers or our overall market position.”

But there is no word of this on Lexis’ Press Release page. And the logic of why becomes apparent with a new announcement out of EaganAlso on the ALM page:

New ALM/West Strategic Partnership Brings ALM Content Exclusively to

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

Blogging Tips From ALA

Came back from the awesomely large Association of Legal Administrators conference in MontréalOur session on Practical Paranoia – Remote Computing doesn’t really fit the Slaw agenda, so I won’t bore folks on the topic – and that’s why no live blogging from ALA in Montréal by Slaw this week, only to realize that I should have delayed my train to stay for the session following ours. The smart thing would have been to hear the discussion on Blogs: The Hot New Technology for Communication and Information.

The session included a presentation by Bonnie ShuchaBonnie Shucha, Reference & Electronic . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous


A post by John Davis last week — Open Text Mining Interface — led me to a service called (unhappily) CiteULike. It’s a kind of for scholars: you find a scholarly article you like and “send” it to your CiteULike account. Automatically a citation is formed and stored, along with an abstract where available and your own tags. Others can then see the material you’ve uploaded if the tags you’ve used interest them.

There is a host of features I haven’t yet plumbed: watchlists, interest groups, the capacity it seems to upload a pdf from your hard drive, . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Making Slaw Better

We’ve been running Slaw for over 9 months now, and it’s time to ask the Slaw community – how are we doing?

We’ve designed a three minute web survey for you to let us know what you like – and don’t like – about Slaw.

Please give us 3 minutes to make Slaw better.

You can start the survey here, or cut and paste this URL into your browser:

Thank you

Slaw . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Kim Nayyer

I’m delighted to announce that Kim Nayyer is joining Slaw as a core contributor. Kim is an associate at Miller Thomson LLP and is their National Research Lawyer. Her bio gives you an indication of the depth of her experience:

She has taught legal research for the Bar Admission Course in Alberta as well as to first-year law students at the University of Alberta.

In addition to other presentations on legal research, Kim worked with the Edmonton Law Librarians Association to initiate an educational program for legal research and analysis for articling students in Edmonton. The program was well-received and

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

Webby Awards

Slaw-ers, In case you were not aware, our friends at Jurist are neck and neck in voting with Court TV for a 2006 Webby Award in the Law category. (Let’s push to get Slaw nominated next year). If you wish to vote you can either visit Jurist and click on the Webby banner near the top of the page or go directly to the Webby Awards.

To lend a little partisanship, Jurist is the only law school/law-student powered entry in this particular horserace.

Just doing my part for Web-democracy… which is supposed to be a good thing… right? And . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Legal Research in a Digital World

I just finished writing a paper for the Computer Aided Legal Instruction Conference (CALI) in June, called “Research in a Digital World -or- Personal Knowledge Management for Legal Researchers“. From the executive summary:

The increasing volume of digital information with which researchers work is making the task of finding, capturing, organizing and eventually collaborating with digital data more difficult. Electronic information in multiple formats sitting in multiple silos of data present a challenge to researchers who have difficulty finding a specific piece of information in a timely fashion.

The two major benefits that come from effective

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Posted in: Miscellaneous

Canada’s Sorry Site

Check out the newly designed official introductory page on the site for Canada.

De gustibus non disputandum
and all, but… to me it resembles a dog’s breakfast: far too many things going on in far too many guises. And to turn the site to partisan purposes, with the Conservative blue and Conservative slogans, is in poor taste I think. All in all, right for WalMart, maybe, but not for our front door. Oh, and the “pick-your-language” splash page that used to have a close-up of a wavy flag, now has jet fighters.

If you’ve forgotten what the old site looked . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

South African Law on the Web

It seems that whenever I link to AustLII I discover something new, which always surprises me, although it shouldn’t by now. Today’s surprise was to link to the SAFLII site (Southern African Legal Information Institute) and to see just how much has been placed on the Web since I last looked, quite a while ago. As well as legislation and cases from the major courts, there is also a plethora of information from the various provinces, material from law journals and the South African Law Reform Commission and government information. Decisions from the Supreme Court of Namibia frm 2005 are . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Librarian on the Verge of KM

As many of us are on the ‘verge’ of the CALL conference later this week, and in particular, the KM pre-conference session, let me point to one of Connie’s recent Tao of Law Librarianship articles on LLRX.

In her latest installment, titled Librarian on the Verge of KM, Connie talks about the role of the Librarian in KM efforts, and how many Librarians now have an opportunity to expand their firm presence. As expected, I’d have to agree. And to go a bit further, I’d say that with a supportive firm culture and strong firm relationships, you may . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous