Thomson Reuters’ Lawsuit Against Zotero Dismissed

“The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Thomson Reuters’s lawsuit against George Mason University has been dismissed. Last fall the news organization had sued GMU’s Center for History and New Media over supposed violations of the EndNote licensing agreement by the Zotero project, hosted at the university. Zotero, a Firefox plug-in designed to help scholars store and organize their online research, has seen millions of downloads. Zotero project co-director Sean Takats’s announcement is pretty heartwarming. No comment as yet from Thomson Reuters.”

via Slashdot News Story | Zotero Lawsuit Dismissed.

TR had alleged that the Zotero team at GMU reverse engineered EndNote in violation of the EULA.

Law School Website Design Study 2009

The starting list of schools for this report was taken from data provided by the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. This is their “2008 Official Guide to ABA-approved Law Schools”. Selective data is reproduced to present demographic data about schools to provide context for the content displayed. Factors such as student body size, program type, number of faculty, library collection or tuition could directly or indirectly influence website content needs. However, no inference is made regarding the relationship of this data to the homepage content.

In addition to capturing information about schools in the ABA spreadsheet, the report includes several non-ABA schools and online legal education organizations. For good measure, the homepages for Oxford and Cambridge are also included.

via Law School Website Design Study 2009.

Not something you see everyday. Roger Skalbeck of Georgetown Law Library put this report together and will present it at the CALI’s 2009 Conference for law School Computing. Something like this is a good thing for law schools, giving folks something to compare their site to.