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July 18, 2005 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Thomson West Introduces New Features for Westlaw

Thomson West ( has introduced Graphical KeyCite, which provides a graphical representation (a flowchart with boxes and arrows) of a court case's direct history. The KeyCite service for citation checking was first introduced on Westlaw in 1997. KeyCite flags instantly let legal researchers know whether a judicial opinion is still good law, and depth-of-treatment stars and symbols indicate how extensively the case has been relied on in other opinions. Graphical KeyCite takes this to a new level by providing a picture of a case's direct history. The feature links citations to later motions, pleadings, and lower-court decisions as the case ascends to higher courts. This helps researchers see how a case moved through the court system over time and quickly understand the impact at each level.

Thomson West also announced Westlaw 50 State Surveys, a new Westlaw feature in Westlaw StatutesPlus that makes it easy to make state-by-state comparisons of statutes covering specific topics across all 50 states. Multijurisdictional statutes research can be time-consuming and complex, requiring a significant investment of research time and staff. Westlaw 50 State Surveys are compiled topically across jurisdictions by legal editors at Thomson West and Thomson Gale. All relevant information is pulled into one place for easy review and comparison and is accessible by searching the Surveys database or by browsing the table of contents.

In addition, a 50 State Surveys link is displayed on the Links tab of a statute if a Westlaw Survey cites the statute. Surveys are available for topical areas, such as insurance, civil and criminal laws, education, employment, financial services, healthcare, and utilities. Westlaw 50 State Surveys also provides a quick summary analysis that explains the key differences and commonalities among the statutes.

Source: Thomson West

Endeca Latitude Gains Visualization Capabilities

Endeca ( and Oculus ( have entered a technology partnership that is adding "next generation" visualization capabilities to Endeca Latitude, the business intelligence search/analytic platform that was introduced in March ( Oculus technology is providing visualization to help users quickly analyze and drill into customer, market, sales, and other aggregate and transactional data.

Oculus' visualization capabilities allow large amounts of complex information to be conveyed in an intuitive, easy-to-understand, easy-to-use manner. Rather than getting lost in successive levels of drill-down, visualization helps reveal areas of sparse data and dense data, thereby assisting users to find pertinent information. Visualizations built by Oculus leverage Endeca Latitude's unique capabilities, including Guided Navigation and direct transaction-level data access, and offer new ways to expose and help find anomalies and patterns of interest.

Endeca, a privately held company based in Cambridge, Mass., offers a variety of search, navigation, and analysis solutions. Endeca's catalog and commerce search offering (Endeca InFront), its enterprise search offering (Endeca ProFind), and its access and analysis offering (Endeca Latitude) share a common platform and a common approach. 

Source: Endeca

LexisNexis Improves Integrated Search Service

LexisNexis U.S. ( announced the release of LexisNexis Total Search v. 3.1, the company's integrated search tool for the legal industry and practitioners of law. LexisNexis Total Search applies the precision of LexisNexis searching capabilities and the authority of Shepard's Citations Service to the collective expertise that is often buried deep within internal document collections. One search finds existing internal pleadings, depositions, memos, deal documents, and motions together with cases and codes, news and business sources, and analytical content, all through the familiar service user interface.

This latest version of LexisNexis Total Search includes improvements in ease-of-deployment and maintenance for the administrator with features such as:

  • Advanced and automated document filtering, which allows administrators to set up filters based on document metadata
  • Ability to schedule multiple start/stop times for each document source
  • Ability to choose which metadata fields appear as categories in a search drill-down
  • Improved and simplified product installation

LexisNexis Total Search v. 3.1 also provides enhanced ease-of-use for end users, enabling them to:

  • Cross reference non-case law and non-law review/journal citations, including statute citations and covering patents, constitutions, and other citation types
  • Highlight and jump from search term to search term appearing in the search result set
  • View abbreviated versions of large documents with links to the full documents

Source: LexisNexis

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