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What makes a good blawg?

By Nick Holmes on April 11, 2008

First published in Legal Executive Journal, April 2008 Law blogs (aka “blawgs”) are still unfamiliar territory for many lawyers. Though not a new phenomenon, blogging itself and even reading blogs is definitely not yet normal for lawyers. Space does not (…)

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The law wiki dream (2)

By Nick Holmes on January 9, 2008

First published September 2007 in the Legal Web e-book on Legal Information and Web 2.0. Most of us know of wikis primarily through the granddaddy of all wikis, Wikipedia, which provides an immense, user-generated encyclopedia of articles on every conceivable (…)

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Web 2.0 for lawyers

By Nick Holmes on November 5, 2007

A much-extended version of this article was published September 2007 in the Legal Web CPD course on Legal Information and Web 2.0. This version was published November 2007 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. What is Web 2.0? The phrase (…)

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Effective blogging (for lawyers)

By Nick Holmes on October 2, 2007

Adapted from an earlier article and published September 2007 in the Axxia Newsletter. In the last issue we looked at reasons why lawyers should blog. Here we consider the “how to” of effective blogging. Blogging services provide the forms and (…)

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Joining the conversation

By Nick Holmes on July 29, 2007

First Published July 2007 in the Axxia Newsletter. Few readers can be oblivious to the buzz surrounding “social media” (aka Web 2.0) that has grown in recent years. The term encompasses an increasing range of services that enable people to (…)

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Does IT matter?

By Nick Holmes on May 3, 2007

First published May 2007 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. “Does IT Matter?” is the title of a controversial 2003 article in the Harvard Business Review by technology writer Nicholas Carr and also of his follow-up book in 2004 which (…)

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The Statute Law Database – an update

By Nick Holmes on May 3, 2007

First published May 2007 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. It is now 4 months since the Statute Law Database was released to the public. In the first couple of weeks following the launch there was a flurry of comment (…)

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The law wiki dream

By Nick Holmes on February 27, 2007

First published March 2007 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. Solicitor Steve Butler, who produces the UKLawyers legal newswire, has changed his former opinion that a grand centralised law wiki could be an enormously valuable resource. Having previously been impressed (…)

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Developments in legal information

By Nick Holmes on January 4, 2007

First published January 2007 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. Here are some of the key developments in the field of (free) legal information provision in 2006 and some predictions for 2007. The Statute Law Database After a 10-year wait, (…)

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Community, democracy and the future of law publishing

By Nick Holmes on November 6, 2006

First published November 2006 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. The rise of social software A phenomenon of the last two years has been the meteoric rise of services built on “social software” – services that enable people to rendezvous, (…)

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The Statute Law Database – finally a reality

By Nick Holmes on September 5, 2006

The Statute Law Database is a project of the Statutory Publications Office (SPO), an office within the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA). It has a long and chequered history, reaching back to 1991 when the initial project was started. Until (…)

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RSS: How to pull the news that matters

By Nick Holmes on August 21, 2006

First published May 2004 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. If you use the web seriously to keep up to date on a particular topic, you probably visit the news pages of dozens of sites and subscribe to a number (…)

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Syndication, syndication, syndication

By Nick Holmes on June 28, 2006

First published July 2006 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers The most helpful expansion of the RSS acronym (there are several) is Remote Site Syndication. In this context, syndication refers to making data feeds available from a website in order (…)

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Servicing the corporate client

By Nick Holmes on May 9, 2006

First published September 2005 in Whither the Legal Web?. This abridged version published January 2006 in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. For the largest law firms the provision of online legal services is an imperative but few, if any, of (…)

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Is blogging good for business?

By Nick Holmes on May 9, 2006

First published May 2006 in in the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers. The so-called blogosphere (the world of blogs) now occupies the position that the web itself did 10 years ago. Hands up those who, in 1996, did not appreciate the (…)

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