Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2016 Conference - Thomson Reuters Demo
This morning, vendor Thomson Reuters held a breakfast meeting to discuss enhancements to its legal information products.
Many of the new features involve the integration of different types of content across platforms.
In terms of searching on WestlawNext Canada, the biggest change will be the ability to do a federated search of WestlawNext content along with the content of e-Reference titles available on the ProView platform.
A master taxonomy will also be used to organize material across content types and platforms. For example, search using the classification for damages for breach of contract in the sale of goods will henceforth retrieve cases, legal memos, Canadian Encyclopedic Digest material as well as e-Reference content.
Along the same lines, subscribers to the Practical Law Canada collection of practice-related material will find content from different sources available when perusing so-called checklists. A checklist on the sale of goods would include tabs for material pulled from WestlawNext, from e-Reference, the CED, forms and precedents, a drafting assistant tool and a subscribing law firm's own internal research memo collection.
Other content enhancements coming "soon" include a new bill tracking tool as well as persistent tables of content for commentary texts. No matter where a user happens to be in a WestlawNext article or secondary text, the user will be able to see exactly where he or she is.
Users of Editions Yvon Blais' La Reference collection of Quebec-related legal materials will also see new features such as new quantum collections and an annotated new Quebec Code of Civil Procedure with commentary on each article from a team of 25 experts and links to associated jurisprudence. The new Code came we into force On January 1, 2016.