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Introductory Remarks by Marylin Johnson Raisch

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

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Connecting the Dots: Visualizing International Law
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Copyright © American Society of International Law 2015

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* The panel was sponsored by the ASIL International Legal Research Interest Group and co-sponsored by the International Law and Technology Interest Group. The presentations were accompanied by projections capturing the appearance of the visualized data from the Web or the software shown. A summary of the panel was provided by Ms. Raisch, Associate Law Librarian for International and Comparative Law at Georgetown Law.

2 Examples abound beyond this panel, ranging from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Status of Ratification Dashboard (Aug. 11, 2014, 4:30 PM), http://indicators.ohchr.org/ (visualizing the ratification of human rights treaties, by map or color, either of a single treaty or all 18 treatiesworldwide) to Ravel Law Inc., Ravel: Unravel the Law (Aug. 11, 2014, 4:35 PM), https://www.ravellaw.com/ (using color, shape, and highlighted terms in text for word-searching across U.S. jurisdictions to show citationconcentration and context).

3 Lexis-Nexis, under Mead Data Central, opened an era of full-text searching in its original pre-Internet databasein the fall of 1973 in New York, where subscriptions were sold after pilot-testing in Mead Central’s home stateof Ohio. West Publishing started building its future Westlaw database in 1976 to include its texts and editorialenhancements, such as headnotes. Harrington, William G., A Brief History of Computer-Assisted Legal Research, 77 Law. Libr. J. 543, 553–54 (19841985)Google Scholar.

4 The voice assistant “Siri” on Apple’s iPhones, versions 4s and up, can respond to “Show me a graph of legalcitations.” This result links to Branting, L. Karl, A Reduction-Graph Model of Precedent in Legal Analysis, 150 Artificial Intelligence 59–95 (2003)CrossRefGoogle Scholar, complete with graphs and charts in digital format, as well as imagesof graphs.

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