There was a brief posting on law.com today (Oct 10/06) on the integration of LawBase (matter management software) with Google Maps. The fact that this integration is called a “mashup” is what originally caught my attention. However, when I decided to do a little “research”, my focus changed. Mashups are apparently “hot technology” – I was therefore surprised that I couldn’t find any discussion of this functionality on the LawBase website. I then resorted to a google search to see what was available and of course found a web page with a “news release” on this development. Unfortunately, as far as I could tell, there was no “date stamp” on this news release.
Is it merely a product of my age that I like to see information in context (and in this case, one aspect of context is date). Maybe I’ve spent too many years reading magazines and newspapers, where it is easy to tell when the information was first published. It strikes me it is now too late to suggest that websites should try to indicate “date of origin” for posts. SLAW, of course, properly dates all posts and comments!