A while back, I started collecting links to companies, web sites, or other projects involved in the legal information industry in the sidebar of this blog under the heading “Companies and Projects”. However, I decided to reorganize the sidebar links and I decided to put together a larger industry directory page.
I will try to make the directory expansive enough that it will include traditional legal publishing companies as well as software companies, start-ups, academic projects, and nonprofit projects. Basically, any organizations involved in the legal information industry. The current “Companies and Projects” links on the sidebar will slowly disappear as they are added to the new directory.
This made me reflect on my perceptions of the idea of judicial notice when I was first introduced to it in law school (approx. 1997) compared to today. I have to admit that it seemed like a sensible and rather boring concept back then but after 10 years working in an information industry I can not think of many examples that I would say meet (2) above. While Garon is worried that the information age has made us less critical of the source of information, I think it has made me more critical.
Even as someone working in this field, I sometimes have a hard time keeping track of the various companies and projects that are involved in the use of legal data. So, I decided to start accumulating a list (not-so-surprisingly titled “companies and projects”) among the other links in the right-hand column of this blog. If you don’t see something you think should be listed, just leave a comment.
I read a short article by Clive Thompson in the November 2011 issue of Wired magazine, entitled Why Johnny Can’t Search, which was about a College of Charleston business professor’s experiment that demonstrated how students aren’t assessing information sources on their own merit — they’re putting too much trust in Google search ranking. The article approached the subject from an education perspective and it has generated some interesting responses. However, the article made me think about the extent to which legal information systems aid professionals in assessing information.