Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Law Ratchet - A (fairly) new app for legal news

Law Ratchet, currently only available for the iPad, is a news app that delivers legal news collected from law reviews, blogs, regulatory websites, magazines and newspapers.
  The app offers dozens of categories to choose from, covering everything from administrative news up to trust & estates. Once customized it is possible to release news in the area of interest with one click, read it and share it as desired. While the app allows to log-in with a LinkedIn, Google or Facebook account, this is not necessary in order to read or share the news.  
The creators of the app are attorneys Derek Chau and Will Mouat, previously with Ropes & Gray in Boston.      

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Europeana announces iPad app

Europeana,  just announced the release of its first iPad app

So what is Europeana? It is a multilingual internet platform containing digitized content from more than 2,000 institutions throughout Europe. Whether looking for paintings from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, or the Louvre in Paris  you will find it here. Among other things, it also offers access to archives from the British Library, the Museum of Architecture of the Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin and the wonderful Bodleian Library, the main research library at the University of Oxford. Take a look and explore.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Link of the Month: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is located within the Office of Management and Budget and was created by Congress with the enactment of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 (PRA). OIRA carries out several important functions, including reviewing Federal regulations, reducing paperwork burdens, and overseeing policies relating to privacy, information quality, and statistical programs.

The Regulatory Review Dashboard at www.reginfo.gov, is the offices public website disclosing information about OIRA's review of draft regulations, as well as allowing access to a number of publications surrounding regulations and rulemaking produced by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

The “Unified Agenda” tab is the entry point for the semiannual Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and the annual Regulatory Plan, both required by Executive Order 12866, "Regulatory Planning and Review” and gathered and published by GSA's Regulatory Information Service Center (RISC).

Through the “regulatory review” tab the website gives access to federal regulations and information reviewed by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) as well as other services provided by the OIRA, for example government-wide policies on information technology, information quality, privacy, and statistics, which have been developed and overseen by the agency. The search of regulatory review allows search by agency, stage of rulemaking and other advanced criteria.

In addition, under the “Information Collection review” tab the ICR Dashboard provides an up-to-date and easy-to-follow graphical representation of information collections currently under review. The ICR Dashboard displays these information collections by agency, length of review, and type of ICR.