Chapter 20

How to Configure the System

Now that we’ve talked about why we think the Legal Department should be installing and operating an early warning system, let’s go back to ­Figure 18.1, and the START of the data flow. We have to configure the software before we deploy it. That’s what we mean by Start.

We’ve said that we use the word taxonomies to mean associative (not hierarchical) taxonomies or controlled vocabularies, and even word ­clusters if you prefer that terminology, but we’d like to start this chapter by discussing two other search methodologies, starting with the use of key words. In the early 1970s, the companies who were the publishers of court cases in paper form saw the value of a digital alternative. Law librarians began ...

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