Last month, husband and spouse tech group Chris Ford and Nikki Shaver launched an vital new know-how useful resource: Legaltechnologyhub.com. Legaltechhub (LTH) is a curated database of authorized know-how instruments, which is enhanced with intensive and cautious tagging and taxonomy. The founders are well recognized all through the authorized tech neighborhood. Ford is CMO on the tech business Zero, and Shaver is a former training lawyer and famend KM and innovation thought chief. According to Ford and Shaver, LTH took nearly a 12 months to construct. It was clearly a labor of affection wherein they made a big private funding of each money and time. LTH at present consists of descriptions of 1,621 merchandise from 84 international locations. The database will be searched, filtered, and browsed.
This is a platform that makes me slap my brow and shout, “Why didn’t I think of that!”
The press release described LTH as “addressing a need for an updated, user-driven resource to find the right legal technology anywhere in the world. LTH is a free resource for users and offers free listings to vendors. Tech companies can opt for fee-based enhanced listings which will include more descriptive content and even videos.”
Yes, there’s Google, however a Google seek for authorized know-how will ship a hideously bloated and imprecise listing of “hits.” I looked for ‘authorized mission administration” software program on Google and in .53 seconds it serviced up a very ineffective 811,000,000 outcomes which have been each repetitive and unreliable. An analogous search in LTH delivered 18 product descriptions which I used to be in a position to refine by applying extra filters. Which approach works higher for the busy IT or KM skilled? The builders of LTH have been all too accustomed to the pressures and ache points of regulation agency tech professionals.
Legaltechhub is loaded with performance you possibly can search or browse. The prime of the display screen consists of tabs for merchandise, occasions, and awards. The product listings are “the main event.” A have a look at the descriptive options suggests the care invested in serving to customers get to the very best product.
Here is a listing of the descriptive data gathered about every product:
- Vendor Name — the group that produces the software
- Tool — the identify of the software
- HQ — the nation what place the seller relies
- Offices — international locations what place the seller has a physical presence
- Functionality — the first perform of the software (see taxonomy beneath)
- Sub-Functionality — secondary capacities (if any) of the software
- Practice Area — the world(s) of regulation to which the software is focused
- Platform Language — language(s) of the software interface
- Linguistic Efficacy — language(s) wherein the software will be utilized
- Target Entity — both small regulation (solo as much as 50 attorneys), regulation companies, corporates (in-house departments), or barristers
- Deployment — cloud, Web, or on premise
- Integrations — different instruments with which the software is designed to combine
The search outcomes will be filtered by performance and subfunctionality metadata, HQ location, workplace, observe space, platform language. deployment, and integrations.
The Graveyard Of Dead Tech Toys
A function I significantly admire in LTH known as “The Graveyard” or the land of misplaced and damaged know-how merchandise. Anyone who works in authorized tech is aware of of the continuous churn within the tech market. Startups typically fade shortly or get merged into different platforms. The Graveyard function is not going to solely shorten the seek for a lifeless merchandise however may also serve up a listing of different merchandise with related performance.
The Functionality Taxonomy. I counted 85 know-how sorts at present listed within the taxonomy. The listing consists of the standard suspects resembling ediscovery and enterprise search but additionally extra specialised choices resembling time period sheet evaluation, robotic course of automation, and construction diagrams.
Additional options embody: Regional Snapshots which offer an summary of authorized tech in several geographic areas, Legal Tech Resources which directs customers to blogs and web sites that cowl authorized tech points, and Tool of the Month will spotlight a software from the listing on a month-to-month rotation.
Ongoing Development. According to Ford, they plan so as to add a examine function sooner or later which is able to present side-by-side knowledge points for related merchandise. The Events space is being constructed out and will embody data on massive know-how conferences. The Awards space will listing authorized tech awards and particulars about utility and submission dates. Upcoming additions to the platform will embody listings for Consultants (specializing in legaltech, authorized innovation, data administration, authorized enterprise technique, authorized design, legaltech design, and authorized engineering) and associations and teams for networking, studying, and college/increased teaching programs that provide authorized tech formal training.
Keeping the Site Green. One of the largest challenges they face is avoiding lifeless links. Dead links would in all probability be the quickest path to discrediting the worth of LTH. Ford and Shaver plan to supervise a once-a-month examine to validate that the entire links are stay and proper.
Although LTH takes a radical approach, they’re clear about their mission. The web site states “we deliberately set out to create a useful resource for professionals working in the commercial legal space. Both in-house and in practice.” The web site states that they don’t cowl instruments for nonprofit or authorities authorized wants.
Democratizing Legal Tech. In addition to offering a really beneficial software, free to the authorized neighborhood Ford and Shaver have developed a professional bono plan for the proceeds of paid listings. A portion of income will likely be donated to causes which supply entry to justice, formal training and growth.
Jean O’Grady is a data strategist/librarian/lawyer with over 30 years’ experience main the transformation of analysis and data providers in Am Law 100 regulation companies. She is the writer of the Dewey B Strategic weblog, which screens the evolving panorama of applied sciences and corporations which might be remodeling the enterprise and observe of regulation.