Thursday, November 19, 2009

Google enters the legal search engine fray

See here to see a fascinating post on the Google Blog. The Google engineers are pioneering a new radio button on Google Scholar that allows the user to search by legal topics or by case names. They include a rather graceful statement about "standing on the shoulder of giants:"

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of several pioneers, who have worked on making it possible for an average citizen to educate herself about the laws of the land: Tom Bruce (Cornell LII), Jerry Dupont (LLMC), Graham Greenleaf and Andrew Mowbray (AustLII), Carl Malamud (Public.Resource.Org), Daniel Poulin (LexUM), Tim Stanley (Justia), Joe Ury (BAILII), Tim Wu (AltLaw) and many others. It is an honor to follow in their footsteps. We would also like to acknowledge the judges who have built this cathedral of justice brick by brick and have tried to make it accessible to the rest of us. We hope Google Scholar will help all of us stand on the shoulders of these giants.
Tip of the OOTJ hat to my wonderful colleague, Suffolk Professor Marie Ashe, who e-mailed this link to me!

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