Following my message about Fastcase last week and the visual results display, I thought you might all be interested in what LexisNexis has been doing with semantic search and concepts in the IP space.
It is very exciting news... but all the exciting stuff seems to be happening in the science space and poor old law is getting left behind!
The below is lifted from the LN media release.
LexisNexis Unveils Next Generation of Intellectual Property Research Technology with New Semantic Search “Brain”
LexisNexis, a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions, today announced the debut of an innovative new semantic search “brain” for its full complement of intellectual property (IP) research products.
“When the user experience is combined with the semantic search capability, it becomes a powerful tool that can deliver the most precise and relevant patent search results available in the industry.”
The next-generation semantic search technology identifies the meaning of multiple concepts within a single search query to help users zero in on core concepts faster and make fewer revisions to their search queries...
The new semantic search technology takes this science to the next level by enhancing its ability to identify multiple concepts contained within a single search query. Thus, if a patent researcher asks the LexisNexis search engine to find information about a complex subject, the new semantic brain will actually identify various possible ideas contained in that request and return related concepts for each idea in their query. The researcher can then review the concepts suggested, assign relative importance by weighting them, eliminate concepts that aren’t related, and even add more concepts they think might be useful to the search project.
The new comparison capability not only highlights documents that were uniquely surfaced in one query or list versus another, but also serves as an important tool to assist researchers in analyzing and improving their overall search strategy and queries to find the most precise documents. The comparison tool will also give patent researchers greater confidence that they have executed the most comprehensive search possible, thereby lowering the risk of missing crucial documents.
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“Citation Advantage of Open Access Legal Scholarship”
James M. Donovan
University of Kentucky College of Law Library
Carol A. Watson
University of Georgia Law School
To date, there have been no studies focusing exclusively on the impact of open access on legal scholarship. We examine open access articles from three journals at the University of Georgia School of Law and confirm that legal scholarship freely available via open access improves an article’s research impact. Open access legal scholarship – which today appears to account for almost half of the output of law faculties – can expect to receive 50% more citations than non-open access writings of similar age from the same venue.