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About LegalPubs.ca

The purpose of LegalPubs.ca is to produce a one stop showcase of the products offered by Canadian legal publishers. Using RSS technology, I have mixed the 10 latest items for each of the publishers listed below. Each entry is passed along unmodified from the publisher’s original feed, and simply sorted by date to produce a ‘dynamic watchable list‘ of the latest products available. The main page of the site also includes the linked headlines for each feed as an individual source. The publishers included in this aggregation currently are:

I expect the primary audience for legalpubs.ca to be law librarians, and hope this effort will help reduce the mountain of paper advertisements many librarians regularly receive. It may also prove valuable to solo practitioners and lawyers in small firms who are tasked with creating their own research collections.

Finally, this is not an exclusive club. If you know of an RSS feed that includes the products offered by another Canadian legal publisher, please let me know

Steve Matthews


Notes on the Aggregation Process:

  • To reduce the size of this list, each publisher’s feed is sorted by date, and truncated to the 10 most recent RSS entries (done via Yahoo Pipes, in case you were interested). At launch, the list is fluctuating between 40 & 50 entries.
  • Because the feeds are truncated to the latest 10 entries prior to mixing, each publisher should have 10 spots on the list. If the publisher’s feed was less than 10 items, the size of the overall list would drop, but each publisher will remained capped at 10 spots. (at least that’s the theory…)
  • Some of the entries are simply headline feeds (typically the title of the book or product), and some include full text descriptions. This is entirely up to each publisher, and what they are prepared to offer within their product feeds.
  • Some of the RSS feeds do not include date information, which is causing them to bunch up and at times move down the list. As the Publisher’s feeds become more sophisticated, this will likely sort itself out.

Wouldn’t it be great if…

Got an idea to expand this site? A way it could be more helpful? Please leave a comment below.

8 Comments

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Connie Crosby // Nov 1, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Currently all RSS feeds for LexisNexis are included. My vote would be to just have the new titles feed included.

    Any other opinions on this?

    Cheers,
    Connie

  • 2 Steve Matthews // Nov 1, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Yes, and to clarify, I’m mixing 3 LN feeds into a single feed of 10 items — 1) New Butterworths titles, 2) QL Announcements, and 3) What’s New at LN.

    See this page for content examples.

    So maybe drop #2, and keep mixing #1 & #3. I’m open to suggestions…

  • 3 Sam // Jul 9, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Hi, I subscribe to the feed via outlook. I seem to be getting all the same posts day after day. Is there any way to restrict the feeds so that I only get one copy of these notifications and only receive notifications when new information is posted? I am getting over 200 a day, and when I delete them, I receive the same articles again and again.

  • 4 Hester Swift // Feb 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Hi,

    Great idea. For some reason, though, a lot of the items currently listed are dated 31st December 1969, although when you click through for more information they are actually recent titles.

    Hester Swift
    Foreign and International Law Librarian
    Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
    UK

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