Piecing Together the Semantics Puzzle

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on September 12, 2014

Putting a puzzle together can be frustrating as a child, yet this brain teaser becomes more gratifying as an adult. Carefully placing intricate pieces together to create a complete picture. I think we offered an almost completed puzzle last week in Leipzig at SEMANTiCS 2014, where we presented LOD2.

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Should Legal Citators Index Social Media?

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on September 08, 2014

Lawyers and other legal professionals have relied for decades on legal citation indexes. These citators include the CCH Citator, GlobalCite, KeyCite and Shepard’s(R) Citations. They help legal professionals better understand whether a primary source of law being relied upon for a legal argument remains “good law.” Citators also help lawyers expand their research by locating primary and secondary sources of law that comment, explain, agree, disagree with, etc. with them. This is the research function of citators. But is it not time for citators to begin indexing social media, particularly social media created by lawyers and law firms? Read further >


Lawyers wearing a cardboard mask

Ornella Zampieri
Written by Ornella Zampieri
on September 05, 2014

My hometown, Milan, is known as the Italian city of business and, even more so for fashion. That’s why it may be difficult to see around someone wearing a cardboard mask while having a Virtual Reality (VR) experience: more likely, trendy people will instead wear a pair of Google glass. But now, VR has become affordable for any budget: with just a few dollars you can transform your smartphone to a VR device and experience a total immersion in virtual and augmented reality. Read further >


IPF Quality Reporting: CMS Plunges Ahead Without NQF Endorsment

Law and Health Blog
Written by Law and Health Blog
on September 01, 2014

On August 6, 2014, CMS issued the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (IPF) Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Final Rule. In addition to adjusting rates and addressing ICD-10 implementation, the Final rule also included changes to the IPF Quality Reporting (IPFQR) Program. The IPFQR applies to both inpatient psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric units within acute care and critical access hospitals. Read further >


Is Lex Mercatoria a New Opportunity in Legal and Regulatory?

John Barker
Written by John Barker
on August 29, 2014

Just like parties to commercial transactions today, merchants in Europe in the Middle Ages knew that time is money. Waiting on courts and legislative entities was a money-losing option, so they created their own means to settle disputes – the lex mercatoria (see articles in Wikipedia and Trans-Lex.org for an overview). The lex mercatoria, Latin for “commercial law,” took into account best commercial practices and existing laws of the jurisdiction where disputes arose. Some commercial best practices were later codified into national legal systems. Others were recognized in judicial opinions. Other customs remained, simply, customs. Read further >


Improving Search with Long Tail

Steven Lindo
Written by Steven Lindo
on August 25, 2014

The Research on Search

There are many problems facing enterprise search applications today. The main ones being poor recall, relevant results, and the lack of insightful information provided back to the user. I recently did some research on this topic and I would like to share my discoveries. The research focuses specifically on the long tail and how you can use it to improve your applications or products.

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That’s one small step for…

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on August 18, 2014

To start a blog post with such a phrase in order to introduce the finalization of a 4-year project might sound a bit pathetic. Still I think that LOD2 has opened a new door for Wolters Kluwer and for the industry as a whole to better cope with the fundamental transformation process we already face and will be facing in the coming years.

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Bill Would Stretch Medicare Telemedicine to Physical Therapy, Bigger Populations

Law and Health Blog
Written by Law and Health Blog
on August 15, 2014

Expanding the use of telemedicine under Medicare is the goal of a recently proposed piece of bi-partisan legislation. The bill, known as the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2014, is designed to create more parity between telemedicine and traditional in-person care. U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced the bill. In reference to their motivation, Thompson said, “By expanding telehealth services, we can make sure the best care and the best treatments are available to all Americans, no matter where they live.” Read further >


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