Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2016 Coxnference - LexisNexis Breakfast
These conference breakfasts allow major vendors to outline recent product enhancements and to give law librarians a heads up about upcoming products and services.
LexisNexis has started rolling out its new Canadian legal research platform Lexis Advance Quicklaw. We have not yet implemented it at my place of work so it was interesting to be able to have a peak.
Lexis Advance will offer a single cleaner interface for searching across content types. Users can use pre- as well as post-search filters (AKA facets) to narrow by jurisdiction, document type, etc. This type of interface and filtering capability seems to have become standard amongst vendors. Previous conferences have featured demos of single search tools from vendors such as Thomson Reuters, SOQUIJ (Quebec) and others.
One feature that may distinguish the Advance platform is its binational taxonomy covering civil and common law concepts.
Advance also offers a graphical citator interface and an easy-to-use research "map" to retrace the steps you have followed.
Next steps include the ability to drag and drop international search results directly into a research folder and the implementation of a French language interface which does not seem to exist yet.
Other new LexisNexis offerings include additions to the transactional Practice Advisor product line such as step-by-step tool kits listing documents, checklists and flow charts on how to handle various legal tasks, for example all the steps needed to prepare a loan transaction.
LexisNexis is also introducing a news aggregator called Newsdesk (based on the recently acquired Moreover platform). It contains sources from 200 countries and millions of social media feeds and results can be graphed, organized by word cloud or analyzed for social media sentiment.
The Lexis Diligence product will serve the needs of firms that must do background checks on prospective clients. It contains data on a huge number of so-called "politically exposed persons".
The company is also investing in data mining platforms such as Lex Machina that crunches vast quantities of IP information to find patterns in litigation for practitioners, such as how successful different arguments have proven in front of specific judges.