Category Archives: Data & Databases

Nothing Special About Google Finance

According to MarketWatch’s Bambi Francisco, Google’s newest service, Google Finance, gets a thumbs-down from some hedge-fund managers.

Launched Tuesday, Google’s (GOOG) latest, Google Finance — with its perfunctory quotes, news headlines, charts and the like — is not terribly impressive, partly because it looks so much like other finance sites created years ago, notably Yahoo Finance…
To be fair, there are some interesting features, like a very cool chart and news mash-up. In it, Google has taken its charts and news and integrated them so that readers can see where the stock was trading as particular news hit. People do this all the time — look at news, and the time it hit, and then go to a chart and pinpoint the time. But it’s eliminating the interim steps that makes Google stock charts instantly appealing.
But besides an interactive chart, there is nothing innovative or certainly spectacular about the new service. Where are the real-time, live quotes? Where’s the related video? Where are the open application programming interfaces, or APIs, so that techies can add maps and other neat tools that Google hasn’t thought of?

High Tech, Circa 1986

In going through some files, I found an old issue of Westlaw Password featuring this photo, circa 1986. Bring back any memories?

I think that my parents got our first home computer around that time. It was an Atari which used our TV as a monitor and cassette tapes as storage media. Those were the days.

Wisconsin Briefs Database Incorporates New Docket Number Format

Last April, the Clerk of Supreme Court’s office changed to a new case management system. As part of this change, the docket number format for Supreme Court and Court Appeals cases has changed. The new docket format contains the year, followed by the letters AP (appeals) and the case number. For example, docket number 99-1234 will now be displayed as 1999AP001234.
The Wisconsin Briefs database, created by the Wisconsin State Law Library and hosted by the UW Law Library, has now incorporated the new docket number format. When searching the database, you may use either the old (eg 992588 – no hyphens) or the new, expanded (eg 1999AP002588) docket number format.
To date, the coverage of the Wisconsin Briefs database includes published cases from 173 Wis.2d to 279 Wis.2d and unpublished cases from 173 Wis.2d to 280 Wis.2d.

Diplomatic Papers Added to Foreign Relations of the U.S. Collection

Tthe University of Wisconsin Digital Collections group has announced the addition of Diplomatic Papers, 1944-1945 to its Foreign Relations of the United States Collection.
The Foreign Relations series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. The series is produced by the State Department’s Office of the Historian and printed volumes are available from the Government Printing Office.