Legal Information : Monopoly or Free Market

Thursday, 30 August 2007

BIALL Members may be interested in viewing this presentation which was delivered at the American Association of Law Librarians Annual Conference. In it the author now a consumer watchdog for legal publishing states that the "big three" Thomson, Reed Elsevier and Wolters Kluwer control around 85% of the market for Legal Information.

The author also argues that Thomson in particular "has uniquely been driven to increase prices and profit margins at the expense of its customers and to fundamentally alter the law library landscape"

This is a interesting look into the U.S Legal Information market.

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Changes to the OPSI Website

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

As reported by SCOOP Representative Carolyn Masher OPSI have made some significant changes to the way Primary Legislation is displayed on their website.

The display of Acts on pages in much improved see the Appropriation Act 2007 for an example. You can now also receive RSS Updates for all UK Acts and individual Acts although it looks like there is some work to do here still.

If you use the OPSI website regularly you will definitley want to complete the survey they have published about the changes to the website.

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Web 2.0 Questions

Monday, 6 August 2007

For anyone who has ever attended a Phil Bradley session on Web 2.0 (including the session at the BIALL Conference) , he is often asked the same sort of questions. So he has written a page on his Blog listing these and his answers.

A great list and I'm sure some of us will have been asked these questions already.

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