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As many of you may know, I attend this information trade show in London almost every year. While much is new, some things remain the same. To avoid repeating myself, I suggest you see my report about Online Information 1999, which was published in January 2000 ( Legal Information Alert, vol. 19, no. 1, p. 4). For several years now, I have had a standing offer to take any of my readers attending this show to tea. So far, no one has taken me up on my offer, which is too bad, since this online trade show is a very mind-stretching event. In looking over the list of attendees for Online Information 2000, I discovered that most were vendors. There are several reasons why you should consider attending an Online Information conference. First, a December event is generally better suited to law firm librarians’ schedules. Conferences in late spring and summer may conflict with the influx of summer associates, and ones in the fall with the arrival of new associates. Next, airfares to London are relatively cheap in December, with sales starting as early as September. You may be surprised to learn that it often costs less than a trip from Chicago to the West Coast. Finally, many law firm librarians tell me that they are involved more in business research and are handling less legal research. This is the global business information conference and exposition. If you need yet another reason, there’s my offer to treat you to tea. How can you resist a chance to have high tea in London? That said, here are my comments about what was new at Online Information 2000. Organized by Learned Information Europe, Ltd., and now in its 24th year, its theme was “Worldwide Solutions to Your Information Needs.” About 16,000 information professionals, end users, and vendors came to see exhibits at what has become the largest information industry event in the world. Those attending the conference heard keynote addresses by Richard Barrington, a director with the U.K. eEnvoy Office (the agency charged with getting the U.K. online), Lynne Brindley, head of the British Library, and Neil Budde, an editor at WSJ.com. At this event, you can get a solid grip on the latest topics and the future trends that are changing our world. Among the sessions available were ones on knowledge communities, collaborative workspace, wireless Internet, intranets, and content management. If you are into Knowledge Management, you are reading the U.K. magazine with the same name, right? I picked up a copy of this excellent publication and found articles on search engines that rank data on Web pages, the relationship between human resources and knowledge management, and much more. ( http://www.kmmag.co.uk/) The products and services you see here are not just European. I visited the Infotrieve stand (Britspeak for booth) and learned that this company, which has offices in California and Germany, offers a document retrieval service that has several useful features. You can search its Article Finder database of over 22 million citations and over 10 million abstracts from more than 35,000 scholarly journals. Free full-text searching using Boolean or Natural Language is available. The list retrieved is ranked by relevance. You check the documents you want to buy. You do need to create an account, but this takes only a few minutes. You then use a credit card to complete your order. All copyright requirements are taken care of for you. Infotrieve offers several methods of delivery: mail, FedEx, fax, and, coming soon, PDF. One handy feature is Infotrieve’s Table of Contents Alert Service. Identify the journals you are interested in and add them to your “Alert Profile.” When there is a relevant new table of contents available, it will be e-mailed to you with a live document link. There are about 20,000 titles available for this service, including the Legal Reference Services Quarterlyand Law Library Journal. The service is heavy on medical journals. The next time you feel tempted to post a “do you have this article” query on law-lib, turn to this site first. www.infotrieve.com; telephone: (818) 871-1854. Another site that offers similar services is ingenta. This company offers broad-based article search and delivery service at http://www.ingenta.com/. It also develops subject-focused e-communities, built in conjunction with associations, publishers, and university presses. This is one of the top U.K. sites and, since we live in a global economy, it is nice to have access to these materials. Online Information is intended for vendors and end users in addition to information professionals. Therefore, you see many products for information producers, which lately seems to include law firms as well as traditional publishers. The emphasis this time was on digital content — how to manage it and how to access it. Content syndicators included iSyndicate ( http://www.isyndicate.com/) and Screaming Media ( http://www.screamingmedia.com). Companies offering electronic or online publishing solutions included Konnect Soft ( http://www.konnectsoft.com/) and TurboPress ( http://www.turbopress.com/). Building online communities was prominently featured at Online Information 2000. SiftGroups Limited is one company that has developed business-to-business, online, community-based vertical marketplaces that offer its members industry-specific information, networking opportunities for potential partners and suppliers, and e-commerce facilities. Virtual communities such as accountingweb.co.uk, crm-forum.com, lawzone.co.uk, trainingzone.co.uk, and eubusiness.com have been created with its SiftGroups product. ( http://www.siftgroups.com/) Digital rights are very much a concern with publishers and information professionals. Vendors offering solutions included SealedMedia, which offers Internet publishing and rights management ( http://www.sealedmedia.com/). Get-a-copy.com is a product by Info2clear, which offers still another service to register, clear, and promote works securely throughout the world and sell it via the Internet. eRights is a third product that offers a solution for selling content online while protecting its copyright ( http://www.emeta.com/). In her booth and at a product presentation, Online Inc.’s Marydee Ojala spoke about the transformation of Databasemagazine into Econtent. The magazine, which was relaunched with its new name in February 2000, will focus on the digital content industry. The December issue had as its cover story, “Human Search Engines: the Next Killer App?” In her editorial in that issue, Ojala discussed the confusion between peer-to-peer information sharing and copyright violation. In case you have not noticed, the Online World conference is no more. Learned Information’s Web Search University ( http://www.websearchu.com/) and eContent 2001 ( http://www.econtent2001.com/) are replacing it. The Online Information conference proceedings are now available online. For information about purchasing them, go to http://www.online-information.co.uk/ proceedings/. To get a feel for the program, you can view the 2000 conference program at the Online Information Web site. It will be available until the 2001 program is set and its details are put on the site. Scheduled for December 4-6, 2001, this conference and exposition moves to a larger space at London’s Olympia Conference Center. See you there? ( http://www.online-information.co.uk/) For more about Online Information 2000, see Nina Wendt’s “Conference Report” in Business Information Alert (vol. 13, no. 2, p. 5, February 2001). LEGALTECH NEW YORK In January, I headed to New York to attend LegalTech for the first time. It was a chance for me to see and test-drive the new products and services being announced, as many are unveiled at this show. West Group made several announcements. One was its acquisition of FindLaw, a free legal portal. (See our review of FindLaw in Research Advisor, Issue 19, June 2000, p. 1.) West Group’s FindLaw is the functional equivalent of lexisONE. Having a free online Internet presence for lawyers is an important strategy for each of these companies. Deborah Monroe, who previously headed up small and midsized law firm marketing for West Group, has been named general manager of FindLaw. West unveiled its new continuing legal education (CLE) initiative that will deliver Web-based CLE programming to legal professionals called Legal Edcenter.com ( http://www.legaledcenter.com/). West Group will partner with other CLE providers to furnish interactive educational courses. These programs will be distributed over the Internet as pay-per-view content, including live Webcasts and archived online CLE content. Initially, West has teamed up with the National Practice Institute (NPI) and the Chicago Bar Association to provide its programming. Legal Edcenter goes live in March. West also showed its new WestWorks product, which combines Microsoft technology platforms with the Microsoft Office 2000 suite of products to provide client, matters document, and docket management solutions while plugged into the West content. This is an impressive product for the small law firm market. Since most of you reading this are probably not in small law firms, I won’t say more, but if you work with someone in this market, urge them to look at this product. Finally, West demonstrated WorkSpace, an Internet office for collaborative client or co-counsel projects. I set up an “Alert Publications room” and am now working on a special issue with two collaborators. I will report on how this works. LEXIS-NEXIS Lexis-Nexis’ announcements also reflected the trend to integrate office administration, practice management, and legal research. At LegalTech, the company announced an agreement with TimeMatters Software to create a Lexis-Nexis-branded integrated practice management solution for legal professionals. Many large firms use other systems, but if your firm uses TimeMatters, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with this new application. Donna Tuke Heroy is editor and publisher at Alert Publications, Inc. She can be reached at [email protected]

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