On 3 February 2016, The Washington Post ran an interesting little piece on an online initiative in the US called The Open Syllabus Project. The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) is essentially a big data project designed to capture as much information possible about the books… Read More
I chanced upon this incredible time-lapse video by Texas-based designer, Phil Coffman (@philcoffman), of his drawing of a Tintin scene on an iPad Pro using Apple Pencil. Take a look for yourself https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiDAER5i40o
I’m turning into a bit of geek when it comes to new apps and online tools and love it when I find something new that works well and renders beautiful results. One such recent find is an online tool called Typeform. Typeform is a nifty, visually… Read More
Earlier on today, I put up a quick post calling for assistance in some research I’m undertaking to better understand the ways in which practising lawyers go about researching issues of law in 2016. I’ve developed a shortish survey that asks a range of questions… Read More
Just a quick note on an essay I read today by Jonathan Zittrain, Kendra Albert and Lawrence Less in the Harvard Law Review which I found pretty interesting and may be of interest to legal information professionals.
The article, entitled “Perma: Scoping and Addressing the Problem of Link and Reference Rot in Legal Citations” explores the risks and problems associated with linking to third party providers of information for the citation of sources in legal scholarship. I suppose that this isn’t a problem confined to legal scholarship alone.
To give you a feel for the direction of the article, see the quote below:
In principle, as cited sources move to the Web, this linking should become easier. Rather than requiring a reader to travel to a library to follow the sources cited by an author, the reader should be able to retrieve the cited material immediately with a single click.
But again, only in principle. The link, a URL, points to a resource hosted by a third party. That resource will only survive so as long as the third party preserves it. And as websites evolve, not all third parties will have a sufficient interest in preserving the links that provide backwards compatibility to those who relied upon those links. The author of the cited source may decide the argument in the source was mistaken and take it down. The website owner may decide to abandon one mode of organizing material for another. Or the organization providing the source material may change its views and “update” the original source to reflect its evolving views. In each case, the citing paper is vulnerable to footnotes that no longer support its claims. This vulnerability threatens the integrity of the resulting scholarship.
Well worth a read, particularly if you, like me, still haven’t shaken your trust in the printed word.
The reference to the article is 127 Harv L Rev F. 176 (just in case the link rots one day!)
On 20 March 2014, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) dismissed an application by the defendant for permission to appeal against his conviction of two counts of sexual touching of a girl under 13 years of age, contrary to section 7(1) of the Sexual Offences… Read More
I’ve just added a new and nifty little feature to this blog: on the right-hand navigation pane, just beneath the “Recent Transmissions” list, you will now see a self-updating feed of free case summaries published by ICLR. When you click on any of the cases… Read More
On 6 February 2013, I gave a seminar at the offices of Lewis Silkin LLP entitled “The Curious Case of the Judgment Enhancers”. This is a transcript of the seminar I delivered, for those who are interested in such things. C The Curious Case of… Read More
This is the final part of a series of blog posts I’ve been putting out, under the rubric of ‘Conceptualising Confrontation’, since the spring of 2011. To read the other parts in the series, go to the Criminal Law page on this blog. The sole… Read More
In English law, the reception of anonymous witness evidence is governed by the statutory regime contained in Part III of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (CJA 2009) which placed the temporary powers contained in the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act 2008 on a permanent… Read More