Perhaps it was fitting that on the day the Dow surged past 9,000 Bloomberg pitchman Ken Sanchez gave a presentation here at Stanford on the Bloomberglaw.com pilot program, set to launch on August 13th. Mr. Sanchez is as dynamic, energetic and entertaining a vendor representative as I have ever seen. The presentation he gave yesterday to librarians and law school researchers elicited some true “wows” from the audience.
In particular a law school senior analyst said “Fantastic!” when Mr. Sanchez demonstrated the Active Workspace and Notepad features. I see many uses for these features in the curriculum as well, especially for the subject areas covered by the Bloomberglaw.com pilot: Appellate Practice, Bankruptcy, Federal Securities, and New York Law.
The Active Workspace is a collaboration space, and the law school curriculum these days is all about collaboration. It moves Bloomberglaw.com from being “just” a research tool, to a classroom technology tool. And there are uses for collaboration beyond the classroom — clinics, journals, projects, and more. When Mr. Sanchez pulled up a case in Bloomberglaw.com, he activated a Notepad feature where a yellow “pad” popped up next to the case for the user to take notes; these notes can then be saved to the Workspace. Anyone, even non Bloomberglaw users, may have access to the Active Workspace content. Documents from Bloomberglaw.com can be annotated and mixed with uploaded files from anywhere, and the entire Workspace effort can be shared with anyone.
I agree with our analyst: Fantastic!
The pilot is set to roll out on August 13, and run until the end of the calendar year. The aim is for Bloomberglaw.com to then fully launch in January 2010. This is impressive for a project that began only in September 2008.