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April 28, 2005

Illinois' Ask a Lawyer Day This Saturday

In celebration of Law Day, this Saturday, April 30th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Illinois State Bar will hold its annual Ask-a-Lawyer telephone call-in program, with the cooperation of local bar associations.

According to a flyer, any state resident can call and talk to a lawyer at no cost. See flyer for details and phone numbers.

Top 20 Legal Thinkers in America

Legal Affairs has posted a list of the Top 20 Legal Thinkers in America. The list was based on results of a survey of their readership asking them to identify the country's most influential and important legal thinkers. They are:
  • Academics: Akhil Reed Amar, Erwin Chemerinsky, Alan M. Dershowitz, Richard Epstein, Lawrence Lessig, Cass R. Sunstein, Lawrence H. Tribe, Eugene Volokh
  • Judges: Frank Easterbrook, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Alex Kozinski, Sandra Day O'Connor, Richard Posner, William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas
  • Commentators: Paul Gigot, Dahlia Lithwick, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Nina Totenberg

Source: Robert Ambrogi's LawSites - Ambrogi comments about the presence of bloggers on the list.

Top Ten Things Law Librarians Wish Students Would Know or Do

As she does each year, Betty Karweick, Legal Research & Writing Instructor at the UW Law Library, has compiled a list of the "Top Ten Things Law Librarians Wish Students Would Know or Do in Their Legal Careers."

The list is based on suggestions received from members of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin. Ms. Karweick says that the list is always one of the always the highlights of her "Preparing to Practice" class.

April 26, 2005

State Bar Technology In Law Practice Report

Although it was published in November, I recently discovered the State Bar of Wisconsin's 2004 Technology in Law Practice Survey Report.

There were some interesting conclusions drawn which I've grouped by topic area:


  • While nine in 10 members said they conduct legal research, two-thirds reported that other lawyers in the firm likewise do research. Not surprisingly, as the size of the firm and community increased, so did the likelihood of saying that a paralegal/legal assistant, law clerk or law librarian also conducted research.
  • When receiving substantive legal content, printed copy (43%) holds a slight edge over online (37%), while one-fifth have no preference.
  • More than one-third of members visit the WisBar Internet site several times per month or more frequently, while only 14% never visit it. However, visitation is more frequent among sole practitioners and smaller firms, and it declines as the size of firm and age of respondent increases.

Internet Access and Usage

  • Eight in 10 members access the Internet at both work and home.
  • Six in 10 offices now use either DSL (broadband) or T1 to connect to the Internet, while three in 10 use a cable (broadband) or dial-up via modem connection.
  • Three-fourths of members with Internet access use it on a monthly (40%) or less than monthly (34%) basis to purchase products or services, while 7% never use it for that purpose.

Who Is Using Your Client's Name as an Adword on Google

GoogSpy is a new tool that reveals what adwords companies are purchasing in Google. Search for your or your client's name or product names to see who is using them as adwords. Or, enter in a competitor's name to learn what adwords they have purchased.

A search for "Harley Davidson" retrieved a list of companies that pay for "harley davidson" as an Adword from Google and provides links to the ads. It also show the top ten Google search results for that phrase and a list of competitors.

For more info, see GoogSpy For Seeing Who's Buying Whom On Google at SearchEngineWatch.

Amazon is Selling Law Review Articles

It seems that Amazon.com has begun selling law review articles and some folks aren't too happy about it. From a post at TaxProfBlog:
As one who fights with law reviews to retain the right to post my articles on SSRN so they can be downloaded for free, I am worried that the new amazon venture will give law reviews yet another reason to try to restrict the ability of authors to post their work on SSRN. As many readers know, Lawrence Lessig recently publicly pledged that he will no longer publish law review articles until the reviews stop insisting on the exclusive right to authorize the publication, reproduction, and distribution of articles, which they in turn sell to Lexis and Westlaw. I do not know the business deal Amazon has worked out for the sale of articles, but the system is seriously broken when professors are denied the right to make their scholarship freely available and everyone else in the distribution chain is making a buck off of their intellectual property.
Source: Law-Lib

April 25, 2005

Wisconsin Innocence Project Goes to Trial

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an article about the UW Law School Wisconsin Innocence Project's involvement in the retrial of Evan Zimmerman, a former police officer in the 2000 killing of his ex-girlfriend in Eau Claire. The trial will be covered by A&E's "American Justice" and by Court TV.

Search Feature Added to Wisconsin Legislative Drafting Records Database

The UW Law Library has recently added a Google search for our database of Wisconsin Legislative Drafting Records database. Browsing by session is also still available.

Although the database contains drafting records from the 1999/2000; 2001/2002; and 2003/2004 sessions, the search doesn't seem to include the 2003/2004 records because Google has not indexed them. We hope that they will do so in the future.

April 21, 2005

Legislative Council Reports on Transportation & Fiscal Management

Staff of the Wisconsin Legislative Council have issued two new reports to the legislature:

What Will It Cost to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game?"

Ok, this doesn't have much to do with legal research, but I thought it was interesting. Team Marketing Report has created a Fan Cost Index which tracks the cost of attendance for a family of four to a MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, or minor league baseball game.

The FCI includes: two adult average price tickets; two child average price tickets; four small soft drinks; two small beers; four hot dogs; two programs; parking; and two adult-size caps.

A Brewers game is quite a bargain at cost of $130.96 - the third lowest MLB team on the index. A Bucks game will cost you $234.49 and a Packers game runs $317.01.

Source: Library Boy

Google Search History

Like Weslaw's Research Trail and LexisNexis' History, Google has added a new service called My Search History which lets you view and manage your previous searches from any computer.

To use it, you'll need to register and sign in each time you run a search. A "My Search History" link will appear in the upper-right corner of your Google home page and search results pages.

You can browse your searches by the search terms or by date using a calendar feature. You can also perform a search of your search history results using a special Google search box at the top of the history page. Very nice!

April 20, 2005

Legal Job Seekers Resources from NALP

The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) has produced two useful sources for job seekers:

  • The 2005-2006 Directory of Legal Employers (database) - Search or browse by employer (includes private practice firms and corporations and public interest organizations and government agencies). Contains contact info and employment statistics for each employer.
  • The 2004-2005 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide (pdf) - Includes job descriptions of many federal departments and agencies, as well as tips, employee profiles and links to additional resources.
Source: NESLReference

TABOR Bibliography from Wisconsin LRB

Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) is the latest bibliography in the Tap The Power series from the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Theobald Legislative Library.

This bibliography lists print and electronic resources on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). Because Colorado was the first state to pass a TABOR amendment (in 1992), most states now considering a TABOR amendment to their own constitution are studying its effects in Colorado. For this reason, many of the resources listed here focus on Colorado.

Chief Justice Abrahamson Outlines History Sources Used by WI Supreme Court in Statutory Interpretation Cases

In a recent opinion of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin (2004 WI 58), Chief Justice Abrahamson has produced an excellent overview of extrinsic sources, including legislative history, used by the court in statutory interpretation cases.

From her concurrence (paragraph 68):

I write to alert the reader to the numerous forms of "history" this court has relied upon in past statutory interpretation cases, with and without a declaration of ambiguity, and to remind the reader that not all forms of "history" are legislative history or of equal value in determining the meaning of a statute.
She explains the following sources and how they are used by Wisconsin courts:
  • Nonstatutory provisions
  • Statutory history
  • Prefatory Notes (Analysis) to Bills
  • Judicial Council Materials
  • Joint Legislative Council Materials
  • Legislative Committee Records
  • Records of Special Legislative Committees
  • Bill Drafting Records
  • Legislative Journals
  • Bulletin of Proceedings
  • Governor's Study Committees
  • Governor's Veto Message
  • Cases Interpreting the Statute
Source: Bill Ebbott, Assistant Director for Information Services, UW Law Library

Wisconsin Lawyer Articles on Fair Use & Technology in Law Firms

The April 2005 edition of the Wisconsin Lawyer is now available on the WisBar site. Two articles are particularly interesting:

Don't be a Copycat: Reproducing Copyrighted Works by Bev Butula, president of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin. "This article explores the "fair use" doctrine in the context of a law firm environment and also serves as a reminder for firms to evaluate internal procedures to ensure that daily activities truly are fair use. "

Thinking Techno(logically) by Dianne Molvig in which "solo, small, and mid-sized firms share their experiences with technology, which may inspire a few innovative ideas for your practice."

April 19, 2005

TechnoLawyer Blog

The folks at TechnoLawyer are now blogging about legal technology and practice management issues, products, and services. According to blogger, Neil Squillante, here's what you can expect to see:
  • Coming Attractions
  • Member News
  • Quips, TechnoEditorials, and Industry News
  • The Best Ads

You may already be familiar with TechnoLawyer's collection of free newsletters which are listed on the bottom of their home page.

Survey of Judicial Salaries

The National Center for State Courts has recently released their Survey of Judicial Salaries featuring judicial salary comparisons to other professionals and judicial compensation commissions.

Use Badgerlink to Search & Create Alerts for Wisconsin Newspapers

Wouldn't it be nice if you could be automatically alerted when articles about your clients or practice areas appear in Wisconsin's newspapers. . . and receive a link to the full text articles. . . for free? Good news: this service is available via Badgerlink.

Badgerlink, a collection of popular and academic databases from the Department of Public Instruction, is freely available to Wisconsin residents. One of these databases is ProQuest's Wisconsin Newsstand which contains the full text of twelve Wisconsin newspapers including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Capital Times and the Wisconsin State Journal.

ProQuest now has an email alerting service which will automatically notify you when an article matching your search term appears in one of the Wisconsin newspapers. For instructions on how to set up the alert, see Using ProQuest Alerts in the Wisconsin Library Association's Media and Technology Section Spring 2005 Newsletter.

April 18, 2005

HeinOnline Unveils Legal Classics Library

Last week HeinOnline released the first 100 titles in its new Legal Classics Library. The library, which contains more than 300,000 pages, contains landmark legal works from the late 18th through the mid 20th centuries.

Titles include Blackstone's Commentaries (1803), Cardozo's Growth of the Law (1924), and Story's first edition of Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States (1833).

HeinOnline is available at the UW Law Library.

Source: What's New in HeinOnline ... email news

Annotated New York Times Offers Blog Cites & Topical Feeds

Annotated New York Times from blogrunner is a new resource that tracks blog posts discussing articles that appear in the New York Times.

It also offers a hundreds of topical RSS feeds for NYT articles - many more than those provided by the main NYT site. Here's a sampling from the "L's"
- Law and Legislation
- Legal Profession
- Legislatures and Parliaments
- Libraries and Librarians

Feeds by author are also available so you can track stories by your favorite NYT writers or blog posts discussing articles written by them.

Weird Wisconsin Book

Sunday's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has an article about a new book called, "Weird Wisconsin," co-written by Madison law librarian and "student of weirdology," Richard Hendricks.

According to Hendricks: "We are the weirdest state," he says. "We're outside the mainstream. The early settlers here were a motley crew running away from somewhere else. Malcontents came here for the chance to live the life they wanted to live. That individuality hasn't been stamped into conformity like in some other places."

The books is available from Barnes & Noble Books at a cost of $19.95.

Chicken Law No Match for Law Librarians!

Readers of WisBlawg know that last week was National Library Week. At the UW Law Library we held a number of events, including daily contests, workshop and displays.

On Wednesday we held our first ever Stump the Law Library Staff contest. We received 9 questions, a combination of faculty, staff, and students. I'm happy to report that we didn't get stumped by any, thanks to a little help from our colleagues across the country.

The following "chicken law" question from one of our law students had me stumped, so I posted it to a national listserv for law librarians (Law-lib). It didn't take long before several people responded with the correct answer. Law librarians are awesome!

  • Question: "I am a farmer living in a city called Arjay. I sell chickens. I have some chickens that were born on April 1, 2005. I want to give some of them away today. If I give any away, what is the minimum number I must give away to avoid violating the law?"

  • Answer: Six. It turns out that the law in question is Kentucky Revised Statute § 436.600. Dyeing or selling dyed baby fowl or rabbits "No person shall sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange, display, or possess living baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits which have been dyed or colored; nor dye or color any baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits; nor sell, exchange, offer to sell or exchange or to give away baby chicks, ducklings, or other fowl or rabbits, under two (2) months of age in any quantity less than six (6), except that any rabbit weighing three (3) pounds or more may be sold at an age of six (6) weeks. Any person who violates this section shall be fined not less than $ 100 nor more than $ 500."

It's unclear whether or not the chickens in question have to be dyed or not. But this was indeed the law that the student had in mind. Several people noted that the law appeared on one of the dumb laws sites It seems that Ohio and Pennsylvania also have similar laws.

This was a very fun event for us and, from the response that we received, it was a pretty successful marketing event also. We had students play along and even thank us for providing a break from the end of the year time crunch. Faculty & staff also asked questions. One stopped to check on the progress of the "chicken stumper" and another asked what questions we received so she would know what type of questions she could ask the library staff in the future (Anything, I told her!). Several law librarians also noted that it was a fun diversion for them also.

Thanks again to everyone who participated!

April 13, 2005

Audio Workshop - Staying Current in Less Time: Blogs, RSS & Alert Services

As part of our National Library Week celebration at the UW Law Library, today I presented a workshop for our students, faculty and staff on Staying Current in Less Time: Blogs, RSS & Alert Services.

Because I thought that others might find it useful also - and because I've been anxious to try out podcasting, I've produced a narrated (audio) version of my PowerPoint presentation. It is roughly 14 minutes long. (I apologize for the large size of the file. I realized after the recording was complete that I should have linked the audio instead of embedding it into the PowerPoint. Live and learn.) I've also made available a non-narrated version of the presentation.

Staying Current in Less Time: Blogs, RSS & Alert Services --- Narrated PowerPoint (73 MB - 14 minutes)
Staying Current in Less Time: Blogs, RSS & Alert Services --- Non-Narrated PowerPoint (900 KB)

Time Matters Blog

1234Tips is a new blog for Time Matters users. It offers "step-by-step instructions showing how to get more out of Time Matters software." The blog is hosted by Active Practice LLC.

Two Milwaukee Companies Named to Inc's "Inner City 100"

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that two Milwaukee companies have been named to Inc. magazine's "Inner City 100," an annual ranking of high-growth companies in the nation's distressed urban centers.

The two companies are: HMB Contractors Inc., an excavating and demolition firm that began life a decade ago by plowing snow from residential driveways, and Coakley-Tech LLC, which produces custom orders of DVDs, CDs and print-on-demand books.

UW Law School Trivia Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday's UW Law Library National Library Week Law School Trivia contest:

1. In its history, where has the Law School NOT been located?
Answer: C In a log cabin

2. What name did law students give to the gargoyle, saved as a memento of the original building, when the new law school quadrangle was completed in the 1960s?
Answer: A. "Brownie" - In addition to naming it, students would place various hats on his head and wrap scarves around his neck.

3. In what year did the first Law School class graduate?
Answer: 1869 - There were twelve graduates; Course of instruction was one academic year

4. What was the cost of tuition per term that year?
Answer: A. $20 for the first term; $15 for each subsequent term

5. Which Law School dean was the great grandson of a famous abolitionist?
Answer: B. Lloyd Garrison - Garrison is the great grandson of William Lloyd Garrison

6. What year witnessed the first Cane Parade and Cane Toss by law seniors at the homecoming football game?
Answer: B. 1917

7. When did the first woman graduate from the UW Law School? Who was she?
Answer: 1885, Bell Case La Follette - she was the wife of and advisor to "Fightin’ Bob" La Follette.

8. Which Law School faculty member began his career at Wisconsin because of an accident: After narrowing down his college choices to Michigan and Wisconsin, he spilled ink on the Michigan application. The Wisconsin one was clean so it was sent.
Answer: D. Frank Remington

9. The wall on which "The Freeing of the Slaves" mural in the Quarles and Brady Reading Room is painted was constructed to tilt forward so that the top projects about five inches further than the bottom. Why?
Answer: So dust would not accumulate on the painting.

10. Somewhere in the Law Library, there are busts of two prominent Law School alums: Burr Jones and Evan A. Evans. Where are they?
Answer: In the Quarles & Brady Reading Room

April 12, 2005

Coming Soon: Podscope, A Podcast Search Engine

Soon, podcasting enthusiasts will be able to textually search podcast audio recordings with Podscope from TVEyes.

From the announcement:

TVEyes, the real-time broadcast search provider, today announced Podscope®, the first engine to search within a Podcast. TVEyes’ Podscope, which makes every word searchable within a podcast, enables the audio indexing of podcast content, which is equally applicable to video blogs and personal videos. Podcasts are essentially downloadable radio programs distributed through RSS that can be put onto a digital media music player or iPod. Podscope will be generally available later this month. This announcement comes in the wake of TVEyes’ recent partnership with Yahoo! to provide real-time broadcast search for Yahoo! TV.
Source: Tame the Web

Blawg Review - Weekly Roundup of Posts from the Blawgosphere

If you haven't seen it yet, give Blawg Review a look. Among other things, it features a weekly roundup of posts from the blawgosphere.

Here's how it works: people submit blog posts that they feel are particularly clever or informative. The posts are then reviewed and commented upon by that week's Blawg Review host blog. This week, the hosting blog is Notes from the (Legal) Underground.

Should be some interesting reading.

Library Week - Yesterday's Answer & Today's Contest

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's Libraries in the Movies crossword puzzle. Check your results with the answer key.

Today’s National Library Week contest features UW Law School trivia. Answers will be posted tomorrow.

1. In its history, where has the Law School NOT been located?

A. In the Capitol B. Over a tavern C. In a log cabin D. In Ingraham Hall

2. What name did law students give to the gargoyle, saved as a memento of the original building, when the new law school quadrangle was completed in the 1960s?

A. “Brownie” B. “Norton” C. “Bucky” D. “Old Abe”

3. In what year did the first Law School class graduate?

4. What was the cost of tuition per term that year?

A. $20 B. $58 C. $80 D. $122

5. Which Law School dean was the great grandson of a famous abolitionist?

A. John Ritchie B. Lloyd Garrison C. J. H. Carpenter D. Henry Sanger Richards

6. What year witnessed the first Cane Parade and Cane Toss by law seniors at the homecoming football game?

A. 1878 B. 1917 C. 1933 D. 1950

7. When did the first woman graduate from the UW Law School? Who was she?

8. Which Law School faculty member began his career at Wisconsin because of an accident: After narrowing down his college choices to Michigan and Wisconsin, he spilled ink on the Michigan application. The Wisconsin one was clean so it was sent.

A. Herbert Page B. Willard Hurst C. Stephen Herzberg D. Frank Remington

9. The wall on which “The Freeing of the Slaves” mural in the Quarles and Brady Reading Room is painted was constructed to tilt forward so that the top projects about five inches further than the bottom. Why?

10. Somewhere in the Law Library, there are busts of two prominent Law School alums: Burr Jones and Evan A. Evans. Where are they?

April 11, 2005

SeatGuru.com - Airplane Seating Guide

Find out which are the "best" seats on scores of commercial airplanes with SeatGuru.com - Your Enlightened Guide to Airplane Seating. Choose your airplane and type of place and learn which planes have laptop power, which seats have extra leg room, which movies are playing, and more.

Madison Area Directory of High-Tech Companies

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the 2005 High-Tech Directory for the greater Madison area is now available from MG&E. The 160-page book lists nearly 460 biotech, medical device, computer-related and scientific consulting companies with combined revenues of just under $5 billion and more than 26,000 employees, or about 9 percent of the county's labor force.

The annual directory, which was produced in partnership with the City of Madison, is available for $30 at MG&E's Web site. Both print and electronic versions are available. The 1997 through 2003 editions of the directory available at no charge on the site.

Legal Dockets Online Free this Week

In honor of National Library Week, Legal Dockets Online is offering free access this week - begins today and ends on April 17. The login is "nlw" and the password is "free"

Happy National Library Week! - Crossword Puzzle

This is National Library Week! Many of Wisconsin's law libraries will be hosting special events including the Wisconsin State Law Library & the Dane County Legal Resource Center.

Here at the UW Law Library, we will be having a workshops, displays, & daily contest. I'll be posting the latter here on WisBlawg each day.

Today’s contest is a crossword puzzle about movies with a library connection. You can either complete it on-line or print out a copy. Enjoy!

Just for fun - send an e-greeting to your favorite librarian.

April 7, 2005

Gale & Xrefer Offer Free Access for Libraries Next Week

In honor of National Library Week, two database providers, Gale & Xrefer are offering free access to libraries during the week of April 10th-16th.

Gale: Multiple databases available for week including LegalTrac, InfoTrac, Health & Wellness Resource Center, Business & Company Resource Center, Associations Unlimited, etc. To sign up, visit Gale on April 10th. (Many of these database are also available at UW System Libraries)

Xrefer: xreferplus database features content from hundreds of reference books in a broad range of subjects, including law. See sign-up page (Also available at UW System Libraries)

Source: ResourceShelf

Scalia Bobblehead Doll

From Law.com:

The Scalia doll is the latest in a series of highly prized, limited-edition dolls created by Green Bag, the irreverent law review published at George Mason University School of Law.

Subscribers to the law review are the only ones who get the dolls, though they have been known to draw bids of hundreds of dollars on eBay. Since 2003, the law review has been turning out the bobbleheads, one justice at a time -- Chief Justice William Rehnquist first, then down the line of seniority to John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, and now Scalia.

New Reports from Legislative Council & Fiscal Bureau

The following are newly issued reports from the Wisconsin Legislative Council and Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau:

April 6, 2005

State Bar Launches Web Site Redesign

As reported earlier, the Wisconsin State Bar Web site redesign is now official. It features a nice design and useful links. Read more.

WI Courts to Upgrade Database - Changes to WSCCA & Opinion Search

On April 4th, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will be converting to a new new case management database. This will result in the following changes to the WSCCA.i database (Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Case Access system) and the Supreme Court opinion search.

Opinion Search: Docket number format for Supreme Court and Court Appeals cases will now contain the year, followed by the letters AP (appeals) and the case number. For example, docket number 99-1234 will now be displayed as 1999AP001234.

WSCCA.i: It will be moving to a new site and information the current site will not be updated. The new WSCCA site will be available on or before May 1st.

Source: DCLRC Blawg

Automatically Monitor Court Dockets At No Cost

In his article, Free Court Case Docket Monitoring, Paul Bush of Legal Dockets Online offers tips on how to automatically monitor court dockets at no cost. The article covers Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts, US Supreme, State (including Wisconsin) and Local Courts.

April 5, 2005

HHS's Hospital Compare Database Provides Quality of Care Information

From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week introduced Hospital Compare, a Web site that provides healthcare consumers with information on how well the hospitals in their area care for adult patients with certain medical conditions.

The site is intended to help consumers compare the quality of care hospitals provide. It uses data on hospital patients with heart attacks, heart failures or pneumonia to show how often hospitals provide various types of recommended care for adults with these conditions.

Yahoo Offers Free 1GB Email Storage; Gmail Increases to 2GB

Shortly after Yahoo increased storage size of their free email accounts to 1 gigabyte, Google announced that it is increasing Gmail storage to 2 gigabytes. That's a lot of email!

Sources: Findlaw Tools of the Trade & Google Weblog

April 4, 2005

LRB is Podcasting

The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau is doing some awesome things with RSS. The latest is LRB Podcasts, or audio posts. So far, there are six posts, but look for more with the RSS feed.

Source: Bill Ebbott, UW Law Library colleague

City of Madison Legislative Information Center Database

The City of Madison is introducing, in beta testing mode, impressive database called the City's Legislative Information Center. The database provides "quick and easy public access" to the city's legislative documents.
  • The Legislative Files Search section includes ordinances, resolutions, appointments along with their status (passed, failed, referred) and date introduced.
  • The Meeting Agendas & Minutes Calendar section includes a 2005 calendar of city meetings with attached agendas and minutes where available. (See also left column for a link to streaming video)
  • The Offices & People section - coming soon - will include info on City Council Members, Council Committees, and other citizen boards, committees, agencies and commissions.
Source: DCLRC Blawg

Companies Turn to Internal Blogs & Wikis for Knowledge Management

InfoWorld has an interesting article on a new corporate trend: the use of "enterprise" blogs and wikis to as internal knowledge sharing and collaboration tools. Adopters include Disney, Hewlett-Packard, General Motors, IBM, Intel, Microsoft. (What's a wiki?)

From the article:

"Blogs and wikis play opposite roles," says Martin Wattenberg, a researcher on the collaborative user experience team at IBM Watson Research Center. "Blogs are based on an individual voice; a blog is sort of a personal broadcasting system. Wikis, because they give people the chance to edit each other's words, are designed to blend many voices. Reading a blog is like listening to a diva sing, reading a wiki is like listening to a symphony."

Source: beSpacific

Billboard Ad Database

The Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) has compiled a database of billboard and other outdoor advertising images, like this one for the Wisconsin State Fair.

Alpha browse by topic or company name or search by keyword, year, agency, advertiser and/or product category.

For a little advertising history, try Duke University's Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 database of historical images.

Source: ResourceShelf

Dictionary of Wisconsin History

The Wisconsin Historical Society has put together a Dictionary of Wisconsin History. The project is an off-shoot of the Society's Turning Points collection which documents important events in Wisconsin history.

Source: The Scout Report