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Towards Gov 2.0

By Nick Holmes on July 14, 2008

Democracy – as Abraham Lincoln famously defined it – is the government of the people, by the people and for the people. Hitherto, we’ve been able to exercise our democratic rights only at the ballot box, by lobbying our MP (…)

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Quick and easy custom search with Google

By Nick Holmes on July 14, 2008

Some 18 months ago Google launched its Custom Search service (still in beta) that enables you to create a custom search engine (CSE) focussing on anything up to 2,000 specified URLs. The rationale is that, despite its undoubtedly sophisticated algorithms, (…)

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A wake-up call to lawyers

By Nick Holmes on July 14, 2008

Professor Richard Susskind is, as I write, no doubt completing the final draft of his forthcoming treatise, The End of Lawyers? to be published in June by Oxford University Press. More than 12 years ago he wrote its predecessor, The (…)

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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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