Research & intelligence

…they're at a fork in the road. That's the conclusion of a significant report on artificial intelligence from ALM Intelligence, Law Firms Need Artificial Intelligence to Stay in the Game. This one is not free, but it is a game-changer and at $299, well worth the price. An excerpt is available to law.com subscribers (or you can sign-up for limited...

Dr. James A. Duke, a world-renowned botanist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), passed away in December 2017 at the age of 88. He was a pioneer in the study of alternative crops and the chemical makeup of plants for medicinal and pharmaceutical purposes. Preserving archival data and research such as Dr. Duke's is important not only as an...

From prospecting to proposal-writing, salespeople have a need for background information. That's especially true in high-value, high-stakes scenarios that involve products and services with hefty price tags and complex decision cycles. And nothing has enabled the search for background information like the internet, which has turned every sales rep I know into a research analyst. Sometimes it's efficient and cost-effective...

Since I was old enough to read, I have been somewhat infatuated with Roman history and mythology. One of my favorite figures from this ancient pantheon is Janus, the two-faced god of beginnings and endings. He was depicted always looking forward and backward. In addition to the past and the future, he was believed to be the deity of duality. In...

As someone who has attended and spoken at many SLA conferences (Special Libraries Association) over the years, I have some history and background to draw from. Annual meetings of this size and scope involve a lot of details, and I congratulate all involved at SLA for the hours of planning and preparation they devoted, resulting in another successful show....

Fake information affects all aspects of society. People from varying education and employment backgrounds can easily be fooled by unreliable and unverified information. Libraries and information centers are re-emphasizing their commitment to teaching patrons about critically reviewing resources for their occupational research needs, to ensure information accuracy and validity. ...

Do search algorithmic differences, particularly in Westlaw and Lexis, require a firm to maintain both platforms for attorneys' legal research needs? We were recently asked about the impact of search algorithms by a client who is considering aligning with one legal research provider for the majority of the firm's information needs as part of their procurement strategy....

If it’s June, it’s SLA; if it’s July, it’s AALL. These two annual events for librarians, researchers and other information professionals happen back-to-back, and in 2018 they took place in the same location—Baltimore, Maryland. We just returned from SLA (Special Libraries Association) and look forward to returning to Baltimore for the 2018 AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) Annual Meeting &...

Websites, blogs and social media have made it tempting—and easy—to copy or link to images or video/music clips we come across on the Internet. But doing so without permission exposes you—and your employer—to a minefield of potential legal trouble. The original creator or content owner can sue you for copyright infringement, and it can get expensive and be damaging to...

It’s mid-May and Americans are looking forward to Memorial Day weekend for our own selfish reasons—a day off and the unofficial start of summer. More importantly, let’s remember the reason for this holiday: To honor those who died while serving our country. We can also express our appreciation for their valor and leadership....