By Jason Wilson
I’ve written about this before, but Jacob Sayward’s recent article for AALL—iCite: Legal Research? There’s an app for that.—has me all kinds of pissed off. Not because he’s wrong or has misrepresented anything about the products he reviewed, but because his article is representative of reviewers of legal research products generally, and their unwillingness to question how accurate and reliable the digital content those publishers provide is, particularly statutory information. How hard is it to ask a publisher (if that is in fact what we consider apps developers to be) where they get statutes and the workflow processes they use to ensure the content’s reliability and authenticity. As lawyers and law librarians, did we all of a sudden not care about this? Did we wake up one day and say, “awwww shiiiiiit, I don’t care where it came from, as long as I can get it on my phone.” Are we so stupid that the only thing we care about is how wonderful and intuitive the GUI is? Because if that is true, we’re sunk for sure. And along with it, the profession.
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