As many of you have probably heard, over the summer SSRN underwent some major changes in ownership (it was purchased by Elsevier). We have also seen some apparent changes in enforcement of its copyright policy. Since SSRN is such a major part of the way we communicate our scholarship, we in the law library wanted to initiate a conversation about what these SSRN changes mean for finding, accessing, and preserving UNC Law faculty scholarship. To help do that we have put together this blog post that summarizes some of the changes to SSRN.
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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Wed. August 24, 2016 11:45 AM
If you’re interested in empirical IP research, check out Lex
Machina, a product of Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics. Lex machina (which offers
free accounts for law school academic users) offers a suite of legal analytic
tools for federal IP litigation, helping law firm users to understand how to craft motions,
proceed with claims, and what to expect in terms of timing of the resolution of
a case. For academic uses, Lex Machina offers a huge, structured dataset of IP filings drawn from the Federal Courts, USPTO, and elsewhere.
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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Tue. May 5, 2015 10:22 AM
Recently we received an update from Bloomberg on some noteworthy new and innovative additions to the database. One is Bloomberg’s new online-only Bankruptcy Treatise, available on Bloomberg Law through the main tabs under Practice Centers >> Bankruptcy. Long in the making, the new treatise is designed to compete with more established works; Bloomberg advertises it as having over 600 chapters and 13,000 pages of analysis—similar in size to West’s mainstay, Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3d. But what's most notable and innovative about Bloomberg’s new Bankruptcy Treatise is the way the treatise is created and updated: according to Bloomberg, this is done “in real time,” with a team of editors constantly updating the treatise to reflect recent changes in law.
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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Thu. December 18, 2014 10:01 AM
October 20-26 marks the seventh annual celebration of Open Access Week, observed by organizations around the world who have as their mission to make information more available--especially scholarly research and data that can have important impacts on the real world. This week UNC Libraries is sponsoring three events, on scholarly communications and copyright, open access for graduate students, and open data.
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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Tue. October 21, 2014 10:20 AM
One of the most challenging aspects of legal research is understanding the relationship between cases and the ideas represented in those cases as they develop over time. Ravel--a Silicon Valley legal information start-up--provides a new way to visualize and understand caselaw.
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Posted by David R. Hansen (Dave) on Tue. June 17, 2014 8:48 AM