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Archive for February, 2007

Thomson Reports Strong Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2006 Results

Thomson is doing well.

Thomson Corp reported today that its 2006 revenues increased 8%, to $6.6 billion, and operating profit increased 7%, to $1.3 billion. For the fourth quarter of 2006, revenues increased 8% to $1.9 billion, led by its Legal and Regulatory segment.

Revenue highlights by business segment:

Legal and Regulatory
Revenues increased 8% in both the fourth quarter and full year, to $1 billion and $3.6 billion. In the fourth quarter, legal products and services achieved a solid revenue growth of 7%, led by US Westlaw. The fourth quarter revenues for Tax and Accounting products grew 12%, led . . . [more]

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Happy 175th Birthday to the LoC

The Library of Congress announces its birthday plans this morning.

Law Library of Congress To Celebrate 175th Anniversary in 2007

In celebration of its 175 years of service to Congress and the nation, the Law Library of Congress is launching a yearlong series of events designed to celebrate its achievements and showcase its unparalleled resources.

The celebration began with a special ceremony held at the Library of Congress on Jan. 18. The American Bar Association presented the Law Library with a resolution recognizing this historic milestone, and the American Association of Law Libraries presented the Law Library with a commemorative

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Customized Search Engine for Canadian Government Documents

The spread of customized searching continues in the library world.

David Sharp, the Government Publications Librarian at the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre at Carleton University in Ottawa, has recently developed a customized search tool for Canadian government documents. It is in the middle of the page.

According to a post on the Access to Government Information blog:

“For now, it searches on the federal level, including select crown corporations, the provincial and territorial level; as well, it searches 80 municipal sites from across Canada. (The 80 municipalities were chosen from a list of Statistic Canada’s Census

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UBC Archives Digitizes Darwin Letters

UBC Archives has digitized and published online a collection of 52 letters by Charles Darwin.

“As far as we know, this project marks the first time that digital images of these Darwin letters are available online,” says Chris Hives, University Archivist.

The letters include correspondence between Darwin and John Scott Burdon Sanderson (1828-1905), involving research that Darwin and Burdon Sanderson conducted on the digestive powers and leaf movements of insect-eating plants.

In addition, UBC students are transcribing the digitized letters, and transcriptions will be added to the Archives site as they become available later this year.

“This project offers UBC

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Movement for Open Access to Law

The Lewis and Clark Law Review volume 10:4 (Winter 2006) is devoted to papers from a symposium for open access publishing and the future of legal scholarship. One of the lead articles by Michael Carrol, “The Movement for Open Access to Law” describes the development of the open access movement that gave rise to CANLII and WorldlI but wishes to see this go further and argues that the “time is ripe for legal scholars and scholarly legal periodicals to fully join this movement for open access to law” (741). While most Canadian law reviews are members of the Legal Scholarship . . . [more]

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Portée Académique D’un Blogue

La question m’a été récemment posée par un collègue : un blogue, pour un professeur, à quoi cela sert ? Cela me permet aussi de faire un lien avec un tout récent billet d’un de mes non-juristes favoris, Bruce Schneier, spécialiste en sécurité, s’intitulant « Bloggers on Blogging ».

Et bien, il me semble que l’intérêt premier, en ce qui me concerne, et de très loin, est académique. Académique quoiqu’un tantinet iconoclaste d’avec la forme traditionnelle d’enseignement. Surtout dans mes cours de maîtrise, il est parfois difficile d’inciter les étudiants à faire leurs lectures à chaque semaine ; . . . [more]

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The Pressure to Be Clever Is, Sadly, Off

I love a clever headline. Sadly, I’m better at enjoying them than I am at creating them but every now and then, genius strikes me and you can bet I want to headline it! Largely, though, it has worked in my favour that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) frowns on the pithy headline. The trade off? B-O-R-I-N-G!! I post every day to our law firm’s internal blog and what’s even more challenging than creating a clever title for a post is creating a clever title that is also clearly descriptive of the content. Mostly, the headlines run to the latter.

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R.I.P. Captain Copyright

Captain Copyright is no more. Challenged by just about everyone, especially the Canadian Library Association, the Canadian super-hero for children thinking about copy-theft has been taken offline and replaced by a statement by an unnamed person or group that finishes with the wish:

We truly hope that there will come a time when the copyright community – including educators, librarians and copyright collectives – can work together to provide a unbiased teaching tool that provides teachers and students with a balanced view of copyright.

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www.yoursite.com

There’s a move afoot to get rid of the www that graces the front of almost all web URLs on the very sensible ground that it’s unneccesary (the nifty word for which in geek speak is “cruft”). no-www.org, which, you’ll note, itself lacks the sextuple-u prefix, is encouraging folks to arrange things such that their sites take traffic on the bare domain name — which Slaw does, by the way. I almost always find it best, when giving out this blog’s URL to say simply slaw.ca; and the CBC does it without fail.

Try it yourself when entering a . . . [more]

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“Presently”… Presently

It would seem that Google is about to launch a presentation creator service to compete with Microsoft’s PowerPoint. The buzz is that this new app is to be called Presently, which is cute and about which a bit more, well, presently. I gather that this was discovered by some resolute geeks who are able to mine the Google Docs server — and let that be a warning to you that nothing online is secure. The hackers say that with Presently you’ll be able to convert documents into presentations, which can have themes, and the whole will have a zoom capability. . . . [more]

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