Webbie round-up

The IPKat's productive friend Ossi Niiranen has emailed him with the good news that his Catoss search tool has been improved. For the uninitiated,

"Catoss is a site offering free web-based tools ... [for] researching European Union law and EU sources. Catoss is run by EU lawyers (obviously supported by software developers) who need to do research into EU issues on a daily basis, and started the Catoss project as a result of the frustration they experienced with existing research tools that are (i) too expensive, (ii) too cumbersome to use, or both. ...

Catoss currently offers three web-based services.

Catoss EU Legal Search is a search engine that allows users to search through case law from the European Court of First Instance and the Court of Justice, as well as the Commission's merger decisions. The search is powered by the open source
Swish-e engine.

Catoss EU News Search is a news search engine that searches through EU press releases and other press material published since 1995. The search is also powered by Swish-e.

Left: we're all Searchers now - and Catoss is a handy way of doing the searching (but not for donuts)

EU Currency Converter is a currency converter supporting currency conversion both with current rates and using historical date, as well as average exchange rates for a calendar year. The currency data is based on the rates published by the
European Central Bank".

Readers of this blog are welcome to put Catoss through its paces and then tell Ossi what they think of it. The IPKat has done some of his own little tests. He had lots of fun with it - under the Legal Search he got 33 hits for "cat", six for "Edenborough" and one each for "zeppelin", "troll" and "knickers" - but his search under "donuts" failed to retrieve Case T-333/04 House of Donuts v OHIM. He would also quite like the words "Nothing found" to leap up on to the screen if his search produces no results; at present the words "no results" appear in discreet lower case letters on the tab line of his Microsoft Explorer, where he wouldn't normally think of looking for it.

Readers who don't follow the comments that are posted on this weblog may have missed the news that IP::JUR guru, Patentanwalt and blogger Axel H Horns has been tinkering (his word, not the IPKat being rude) with the MediaWiki software. He tells us: "You can see a Beta version of a "wikified" EPC2000 here and here". Axel will be pleased if you email him here and tell him what you think.
Webbie round-up Webbie round-up Reviewed by Jeremy on Friday, July 20, 2007 Rating: 5

1 comment:

  1. Thank you all for the comments so far. They have been most helpful. To the extent you can, I'd appreciate if you could post new ones to the feedback board available on the site, so others can comment on the points you make as well.

    One comment raised by IPKAT and one emailer was that they noticed some cases were not covered in the index. In fact, at the risk of sounding like a software marketer, this is a feature and not a bug;). For now, the Catoss Search Spider is designed to index cases found on Eur-Lex. For example the Donuts case referred to by IPKAT is not yet available on Eur-Lex, as seen from the URL (no link to the judgment yet, just a bibliographic notice):

    Every case that is on Eur-Lex, should also be accessible via Catoss. If not, that is a bug and we'll fix it. In the meantime we are looking into ways to include also cases not on Eur-Lex in the index and you'll probably see those appearing in the near future as well.

    A new product we are working on is an Article Search. We are trying to collect articles into a central database by contacting authors and make the database freely searchable. If you have any contributions, don't hesitate to contact me at ossi (at) catoss.com (replace the (at) with @ and remove the extra spaces on both sides).


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