January 2010

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WestlawNext: Some final thoughts.

January 31, 2010

My password to the private beta for WestlawNext is set to expire tonight, but before it does, I have some final thoughts on the platform for you to consider. First, the browser. If you are running IE6, you will need to upgrade to IE8. If you are running IE7, you’ll get by, but there are [...]

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WestlawNext Review: Ending the tyranny of the keyword?

January 28, 2010

At the beginning of this week, I was fortunate enough to get to spend some quality time with fellow legal information professionals at the Thomson Reuters headquarters in Eagan, Minnesota to discuss the history and future of the new Westlaw, which we now all know as WestlawNext (on February 8th, it will be found at [...]

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Brain fingerprinting & other neurolaw developments – UPDATED.

January 24, 2010

By Jason Wilson Forgive me if I’m late to the party on this one as the debate seems to have been going on for the last decade (at least in some circles). Last week Physorg posted about an article in the inaugural issue of WIREs Cognitive Science, titled “Neurolaw.” The following passage caught my attention: [...]

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What is important?

January 21, 2010

Through a glass door you watched the surf break in the distance while someone told you confidentially that what’s really important is the way time passes in dreams when you’re not dreaming. Desperate Characters, Nicholas Christopher [[Photo (cc) bortescristian]]

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How will we read?

January 18, 2010

We are on the eve of Apple’s “Come See Our Latest Creation” event, and the only thing I am thinking about is whether the fabled New Device will be a significant advancement beyond my Old Device, thus rendering all previous devices completely undesirable and highly repellent. And from what I’ve read by Tim van Damme, [...]

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What will be our new metaphor?

January 15, 2010

John Gruber over at Daring Fireball has another excellent post, this time on the Apple Newton. In considering why the Newton failed, Gruber says this: I think it’s OK for a 1.0 product to be ahead of its time, to be too ambitious. The trick is not to be too far ahead, and more importantly, for [...]

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Project Cobalt: a few more predictions.

January 14, 2010

I’d like to offer a few more predictions about Thomson Reuters Legal’s (TRL) latest version of Westlaw, known now only as Project Cobalt: Default search will not require Boolean connectors, however, the user will be able to switch to Boolean. I wouldn’t be surprised to see users run the same search with and without connectors [...]

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Legal publishers are made of people!

January 13, 2010

Three recent posts by Kevin Hunt over at Thomson Reuters Legal Current blog caught my attention this week because they reminded me about a video TR did about a year ago on the day in the life of a case. That video was sort of the first glimpse (for those of you who have never [...]

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