There are several articles recommending that law firms leverage the expert search and knowledge management (KM) expertise of law library staff in business development. For example, in an article posted at Altman Weil, Nina Cunningham suggests two actions law library staff might take to enhance their role in law firm business development, namely, (1) partner closely with the IT department of the firm and (2) become an expert in the firm’s major practice groups. Partnering with the IT department is essential because IT often controls access to all KM technologies in the firm, including firm-wide portals/intranets and practice group distribution lists. Expertise in a practice area enables law library staff to create ever more relevant search alerts for members of the practice group and gain deeper insight into the preferred channels for each member to receive bizdev-related current awareness (smartphone/tablet, Intranet, RSS, social media, etc.). Another article posted at aallnet.org recommends that law library staff should partner closely with the firm’s marketing department – and to be sure that the marketing teams give proper credit to law library staff that help in running queries, analyzing search results, and creating profiles of clients, their competitors and the firm’s competitors. But there is much more value that the law library can provide. Read further >
Doing “Search” Right!
When people think of “search” today two things usually come to mind. The first is Google, and the second is, well you guessed it… Google. When it comes to Enterprise Search, do you think that we can be better than Google? (click to tweet this) I think you should be better and here is why.
From September 2014 onwards, Google Board of Executives are traveling across Europe to discuss the right to be forgotten. It is expected that this tour will take two months to complete, and then several years to get settled. Read further >
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.
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.
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.
The Volume, Velocity, and Variety of Big Data
By now you have heard about the three V’s of Big Data Analytics: volume, velocity and variety of data. By now you have also heard that there are solutions in place to handle these problems. The solution is basically anything built on top of Apache Hadoop 2.0, or competitive products. Hadoop is now packaged by Cloudera, HortonWorks, and MapR.
These software solutions provide the scalability, flexibility and architecture that enables enterprises to address these issues. How did they solve it so quickly? Competition. I love the competition in this space. It takes yesterday’s problems and accelerates solutions. The winners overall are the consumers of these products. A little over a year ago, you may have struggled through hours of configurations and installation steps to setup of Apache Hadoop, but today you can download a Cloudera/Hadoop VM and be up and running in less than an hour.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has recently decided that “An internet search engine operator is responsible for the processing that it carries out of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties.”
But what does that mean?
I love words and I love language and meaning! Since I am not a native speaker, the words above sound and “feel” very similar, although their usage is quite different.
The same goes for “legal jargon”, where I have to face the fact that what I learned during my English lessons at school and university is quite often not applicable or even misleading in a legal context.
Publishing comes down to delivering the right information to the right people, preferably at the right time. While this hasn’t changed in itself, the way we request and deliver access to (legal) information has fundamentally transformed. The age of digitization is here. Read further >