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Archive for September, 2006

Transnational Electronic Data Exchanges

In my constant quest for answers (and questions) on e-docs issues, I am trying to find recent cases or articles discussing transnational electronic data exchanges for discovery/disclosure or in the business management context that illustrate important aspects of the problems we are dealing with when it comes to e-information.

Thanks for your precious help! . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

EPA Headquarters Library

Yesterday’s Federal Register has a notice that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters Library will close its doors to walk-in patrons and vistors on October 1, 2006. The notice provides further details on how the public can obtain EPA documents held in the Headquarters Library collection and in electronic format.
The following reasons/trends are given as to why the EPA is changing the delivery of its library services to the public:
-more and more materials are available online and electronically
-tighter security at Federal facilities
-physical visits by the public to the EPA Headquarters Library are declining
-reductions in the . . . [more]

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WorldLII News

WorldLII latest newsletter is out. Quite a bit from the antipodes. And from CanLII news that they now have decisions of the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board and the Ontario
Public Service Grievance Board, as well as the Nova Scotia Small Claims Court. It’s good to see that “small” matters are being taken seriously by CanLII: if anyone needed free access to decisions, it’s the people who turn to these bodies. CanLII also now has Yukon legislation.

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By the way, you won’t see a more . . . [more]

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Coalition for Networked Information

Slawyers may be interested to know about the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).

CNI is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 200 institutions representing higher education, publishing, network and telecommunications, information technology, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI’s Members.

Their projects look like the kind of thing that overlaps with our interests, because they aim to:

  • share knowledge about architectures and standards for networked information
  • improve scholarly communication
  • study the economics of networked information
  • advance Internet technology and
. . . [more]
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New Edition of McGill Guide to Legal Citation

The McGill Law Journal recently completed the latest (6th) edition of its famous Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation.

The Guide is the accepted authority on citation of legal materials. Canadian courts, legal periodicals, law faculties and lawyers rely on the Guide to maintain a uniform system of legal citation.

The newest edition includes new material pertaining to the following matters:

  • the neutral citation should now come first in the list of parallel citations
  • material has been added dealing with electronic journals
  • there is updated information on citation to electronic databases
  • there is a new section on dealing with
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Disruptive Websites – Business 2.0 Reviews

Via Erick Schonfeld, Business 2.0 has a new article up profiling an interesting list of ‘disruptive’ online businesses.

Here’s Eric’s top 11, with deep links into each profile:

1. Netvibes (The new personalized startpage)

2. EEStor (Gentlemen, stop your engines)

3. Coghead (DIY software)

4. NextMedium (Web marketplace for product placement)

5. Applied Location (Skymeter—fighting traffic with GPS)

6. (The Oracle-killing, Web database)

7. BlueLithium (Google’s new ad-versery)

8. Clearwire (Craig McCaw’s WiMax play)

9. Zopa (Peer-to-peer banking)

10. Jajah (VoIP 2.0)

11. NanoLife Sciences (Cancer-blasting antiprotons)

A number of new-to-me sites in there — 4,5, 9,10 & . . . [more]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

Legal Information for Canada’s North

I hadn’t noticed a great piece on the UVic Law School Library’s efforts to make legal information available in the North and to provide legal resources to students and lawyers from Nunavut. It’s a fascinating mélange of traditional, electronic and culture-specific materials, delivered under difficult circumstances.

The article entitled Providing Library Services to Canada’s First Arctic Law School by Emily Yearwood-Lee, talks about how a law librarian, Serena Ableson set up a law library dedicated to the needs of Nunavut.

There is also a piece by Ms. Ableson in the International Journal Of Legal Information The Official Journal Of The . . . [more]

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Thai Coup, Thai Blogs

As everyone will likely know by now, there’s been a military coup in Thailand, apparently successful, from what early reports say; and martial law has been declared. The military has reportedly taken control of the major media outlets. The CBC has good coverage.

I thought it might be interesting to see what Thai bloggers (those who blog in English) have to say. I’ve found one called 2Bangkok that already has a fair bit on the coup; and another, Law and Life in Bangkok, that hasn’t got around to posting about it yet. There will, of course, be others, so . . . [more]

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Web 2.0 in University Libraries

Occasionally I leave the idyllic confines of the law library/faculty and go to meetings in the main campus library. In one recent meeting, about strategic planning (not my favourite subject) I was waxing on about web 2.0 and what it will mean for the future of university libraries. For my folly, I was asked to give a (hopefully) short presentation on this to an upcoming management meeting. I have some readings and of course SLAW is a good example of social software, but I thought I need something that covered the whole area. Fortunately, a recent issue of Library Technology . . . [more]

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It’s something of a stretch from postage stamps to the main business of Slaw, and I’m not sure I’m going to even try it with these old ligaments. But I found the government announcement interesting enough to share, nonetheless:

Canada Post today announced the introduction of a new non-denominated stamp that will retain its value forever. The PERMANENT™ stamp will be accepted at the basic domestic Lettermail rate and replaces next year’s 52¢ domestic rate definitive stamps. The PERMANENT stamp will eliminate the need to purchase 1¢ stamps after a rate increase, doing away with the need for Canadians to

. . . [more]
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International Law in Domestic Courts

OUP has a new commercial database that will be of interest to SLAWers, International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDIC):
“International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC) brings you the most important international law issues being decided in domestic courts around the world today. With legal experts in the field reporting on cases from over sixty-five countries, this online service highlights the full range of jurisprudence around the globe in a format that makes it easy to pinpoint specific legal issues and to compare how these issues have been dealt with in different jurisdictions. A vital resource for both lawyers in practice . . . [more]

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