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Category Archives: Search Engines

App adds features to Westlaw and Lexis – makes legal research faster and easier

Bestlaw, a robot for legal research [via Bob Ambrogi]

“Features – When you read a document—like a case, statute, or law review article—Bestlaw adds a toolbar with these features:

  • Copy a perfect Bluebook citation with one click
  • Read documents in a clean, readable view with beautiful typography
  • Prevent getting automatically signed off
  • Collapse and expand statutory sections
  • Automatically generate a clickable table of contents for any document
  • One-click copying for citations, titles, docket numbers, and full text
  • Highlight hard-to-see page numbers
  • Jump between footnotes and the main text without losing your place
  • Instantly look up information about a case on Wikipedia and other sources
  • Share the document by email or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+…”

Researcher claims Google can manipulate election results,Robert Epstein: “America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was accomplished. Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far moreContinue Reading

Searching for Computer Science Access and Barriers in U.S. K-12 Education

Google Report, released August 20, 2015 – Searching for Computer Science Access and Barriers in U.S. K-12 Education “Many students, parents and K-12 teachers and administrators in the U.S. highly value computer science education. Parents see computer science education as a good use of school resources and often think it is just as important asContinue Reading

ICO orders removal of Google search results

UK’s Information Commission’s Office– August 20, 2015: “Google Inc has been ordered to remove nine search results after the ICO ruled that they linked to information about a person that was no longer relevant. The ICO ruling concerns nine links that are part of the list of results displayed when a search is made byContinue Reading

Review Federal Agencies on Yelp

Yelp Official Blog: “We are excited to announce that Yelp has concluded an agreement with the federal government that will allow federal agencies and offices to claim their Yelp pages, read and respond to reviews, and incorporate that feedback into service improvements. We encourage Yelpers to review any of the thousands of agency field offices,Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Finding People Resources and Sites on the Internet

Via – Finding People Resources and Sites on the Internet – People centric resources and sites on the Internet allow you to find individuals based on a range of objectives: personal (family, medical, genealogy); business (legal, corporate, financial); academic; government and career. Web search guru Marcus P. Zillman’s new guide highlights selected sources toContinue Reading

NYC Expands Access to Public Contracts and Hearings

News release: “Mayor Bill de Blasio announced [August 10, 2015] a powerful new tool to increase government transparency with the launch of an expanded City Record Online (CROL). CROL is now a fully searchable database for all the notices contained in the City Record newspaper – including schedules for public hearings, land-sales and contract awardsContinue Reading

OCLC – Looking inside the Library Knowledge Vault

“How do we ascertain truth on the web? That’s a question being pursued by researchers at Google who have articulated a flow of data that generates discrete statements of fact from countless web sources, relates those statements to previously assembled stores of knowledge, and fuses these mathematically to identify which statements may be more “truthful”Continue Reading

How Google Translate squeezes deep learning onto a phone

Google Research Blog – [July 28, 2015] “we announced that the Google Translate app now does real-time visual translation of 20 more languages. So the next time you’re in Prague and can’t read a menu, we’ve got your back. But how are we able to recognize these new languages? In short: deep neural nets. WhenContinue Reading

ViewPoint – Great New Possibilities for the Library of Congress

Colleagues – we have worked for many years, often many decades, as members of a profession to which we have a deep and abiding commitment and through which we have, under often the most challenging of circumstances, helped to usher in the future without forsaking the past. So this snippet (the rest is behind aContinue Reading

Google Announces Plans for New Operating Structure

Google Investor Relations posting: August 10, 2015 – “G is for Google. As Sergey and I wrote in the original founders letter 11 years ago, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, we also said that you could expect us to make “smaller bets inContinue Reading

HathiTrust US Federal Government Documents Initiative

“Stemming from a proposal accepted by HathiTrust members at the 2011 constitutional convention, HathiTrust has embarked on an ambitious initiative to, “through coordinated action and collective action, expand and enhance access to US federal publications including those issued by GPO and other federal agencies.” The HathiTrust Government Documents Registry is a key component of this broad effort. Further informationContinue Reading