Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S., today announced the integration of its Federal Developments Knowledge Center (FDKC) with its award-winning Cheetah platform. The easy-to-use FDKC platform has been enhanced with range of new features and is now available on 18 practice areas dashboards on Cheetah. The integration will help users monitor all
FREE and Powerful: Wolters Kluwer Launches Suite of COVID-19 Smart Charts Outside the Paywall.
For the past month librarians and lawyers have been scrambling to locate and digest the daily cascade of COVID-19 orders, laws, regulations and policies that have been streaming from every level of government across the fifty states. The Wolters Kluwer COVID -19 resource has aggregated and tagged releases from across the federal government including the President and Congress as well as State Governors and local county health departments.
Today Wolters Kluwer launched a powerful COVID-19 Smart Chart tool which will enable lawyers to quickly locate and compare the laws across multiple jurisdictions. It is the first free advanced digital tool offering a a “comprehensive …
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I have been predicting that predictive tools would gain an increasing presence in the practice of law. The press release from Thomson Reuters about Legislative Insights on Westlaw Edge carefully skirts the prediction issue by substituting the word “probabilities.” Thomson Reuters deep legislative coverage is about to be turbo charged with technology from Skopos Labs. Thomson Reuters was an early investor in Skopos through their venture capital arm Thomson Reuters Ventures.
Legislative Insight is driven by a proprietary machine learning and natural language processing methodology from …
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By my recollection State Net is one of the oldest surviving legal research and legislative tracking systems. State Net collected and coded and normalized data about the activities of 50 state legislatures back in the dial up days of modems with acoustic couplers. They thrived long enough to be acquired by Lexis Nexis in 2010.
Over the years the system expanded to cover regulations from all 50 states. The latest challenge is addressing the growth in important local legislation. State Net now tracks laws introduced in over 300 major cities and counties around the country.
Daniel Lewis, founder of Ravel Law which was acquired by Lexis Nexis in 2017 is now responsible for the State Net system in his role as vice president of product LexisNexis Legal & Professional. Lewis provided me with an overview of the new State Net features and put the challenge of state motioning in perspective. According to Lewis each year 135,000 bills are introduced across the 50 states compared to about 10,000 federal bills. Fifteen times more state bills …
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Even though the government is shutdown, Voxgov is still “listening.” Since 2014 Voxgov has been ingesting and analyzing every statement, report, newsletter and tweet from over 14,000 government websites and social media accounts. To date they have collected almost 50 million pages!
I asked Robert Dessau, voxgov Founder and CEO if he could provide some insights into the statements of official Washington since the start of the shutdown. The word cloud images included in this post are previews of new visualization features which will be added to voxgov in the coming months. The word clouds are based on documents collected by voxgov between December 16, 2018 and January 16, 2019. The government shutdown started December 22nd.
Surprisingly members of both houses are releasing almost the same number of official statements as they released during the same period a year ago (44,118 documents in the past thirty days versus 45,522 in the same 30 day period a year ago.)
There is a much larger impact in the executive agencies which have released only 149,259 documents in the past 30 days compared with 397,238 documents in the same period a year ago. Voxgov normally ingests between 170,000 and 200,000 documents per week.
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FACEBOOK AND TWITTER WORD CLOUD: