This is Nicole L. Black’s primer for the legal profession on an emerging technology which is defined as a “type of computing that is comparable to grid computing, [and] relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications. The goal of cloud computing is to apply traditional supercomputing power (normally used by military and research facilities) to perform tens of trillions of computations per second.”
Marcus P. Zillman is a an internet search expert whose extensive knowledge of how to leverage the “invisible” or “deep” web is exemplified in this guide. The Deep Web covers somewhere in the vicinity of 1 trillion pages of information located through the world wide web in various files and formats. Current search engines are able to locate around 200 billion pages. Marcus identifies sources to mitigate the odds on behalf of serious searchers.
Conrad J. Jacoby discusses his experiences using the Peek mobile e-mail device (Time Magazine’s 2008 Gadget of the Year), which he believes is genuinely useful and an excellent value for its cost.
Attorney David Navetta contends that there there will be significant financial pressure on organizations to take advantage of the pricing and efficiency of cloud computing, and if attorneys fail to understand the issues ahead of time there is a serious risk of getting “bulldozed” into cloud computing arrangements without time or resources to address some serious legal issues that are implicated.
Attorney and KM expert V. Mary Abraham provides details on how one law firm has found a way to create real transparency in its dealings with clients via an extranet, and whether this process may start a trend.
Law librarian, legal research expert and blogger John J. DiGilio’s new column focuses on technology trends that leverage the web to achieve more efficient and effective results. Here John recommends using customized search engines to manage the sites you search.
According to Marcus P. Zillman, the “Deep Web” encompasses in the vicinity of 900 billion pages of information in various files and formats. Search engines currently locate approximately 20 billion pages, so this guide is a valuable tool for those who research a broad range of issues and seek wider access to a wide spectrum of reliable data, reports and information, regardless of format.
George Butterfield and Kristyn Helge review ten major legal digital research portals, assessing, comparing and contrasting their major characteristics and providing guidance on using each one.
Dennis Kennedy contends that by the end of 2007, there will be a clearly distinguishable digital divide between technology-forward and technology-backward firms. He suggests seven trends that should be on the agendas of law firm technology committees.
Conrad J. Jacoby reviews the latest products from new and familiar companies that are offering legal and litigation support technology applications solutions.