John DiGilio is the National Manager of Research Services for Reed Smith, LLP. He has over 15 years of large law firm library and legal information vendor experience. John has proudly been affiliated with such industry standouts as Thomson Reuters, where he served as a Librarian Relations Manager, and K&L Gates, where he was the Firmwide Legal and Business Research Librarian/ Instructor for many years. He is the Past-Chair of SLA's Legal Division and a 2012 candidate for SLA Treasurer. John manages the popular On Firmer Ground and TILT blogs.
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Mini Review of Bloomberg Law AppFriday, 29th January 2016
Continuing FreePint's collection of reviews of apps for legal research, John DiGilio looks at the Bloomberg Law app for iOS and Android devices. He considers elements such as ease of use, search, results presentation, standalone access and value and concludes that in designing its own mobile offering, Bloomberg BNA has taken a different route from its competitors, such as Westlaw, Nexis, HeinOnline and Fastcase.
My Favourite Tipples from a Legal Research ExpertWednesday, 6th January 2016
My Favourite Tipples are shared by John DiGilio, national manager of Research Services for Reed Smith LLP. A writer and tech blogger in his spare time, John oversees the library research team for the firm's offices in the United States.
Mini Review of HeinOnline AppTuesday, 11th August 2015
Continuing his collection of articles reviewing mobile apps for legal research, John DiGilio assesses the HeinOnline app for iPhone and iPad. The app puts more than 2,000 legal periodicals at the user’s fingertips, in a simple, intuitive way. He examines whether the historical depth of coverage and ease of use for which its web-based flagship is well known is fully replicated here. He also looks at search (including image search), results presentation, billing, value and competitiveness.
Mini Review of Fastcase HDWednesday, 8th July 2015
John DiGilio reviews the popular Fastcase HD mobile app. A free, virtual library of US primary source materials available via smartphone, it is ranked as one of the most downloaded apps for legal research. John finds out why this standalone solution and complement to Fastcase on the web is so popular.
Lexis Advance HD & the Mobile MarketFriday, 22nd May 2015
Following his review of Lexis Advance HD, John DiGilio selects some highlights of the mobile app version of LexisNexis' award-winning Lexis Advance platform.
Mini Review of Lexis Advance HDFriday, 15th May 2015
John DiGilio reviews Lexis Advance HD, the mobile app version of LexisNexis' award-winning Lexis Advance platform. In the first in a new collection of mini reviews geared towards on-the-go applications for legal research, John puts the app through its paces and provides a breakdown of its functionality, high points, and shortcomings. Competitors include Westlaw, Bloomberg and Fastcase.
Efficient and Effective Legal Research in the Era of AppsFriday, 6th March 2015
Reed Smith's national manager of research services, John DiGilio, looks at the growth of mobile applications for conducting legal research and introduces the key apps of the moment and the criteria by which they will be reviewed.
Legal Research Apps Under the FreePint LensMonday, 2nd March 2015
Reed Smith's national manager of research services, John DiGilio, returns to FreePint to review some of the most popular mobile applications for legal research. As smart technology infiltrates the practice of law, research is becoming increasingly untethered and being conducted more on-the-go than onsite. John takes a hard and practical look at the apps that are disrupting and transforming the way attorneys conduct research. By applying the same stringent criteria across to each review, he hopes to empower librarians and information professionals to lead the transition to mobile rather than being caught behind its curve.
Patents for the Win! Innography Snags Two 2014 CODiE AwardsTuesday, 4th February 2014
Expert reviewer for the CODiE Award for Best Legal Information Product 2014, John DiGilio reviewed five legal products in the category and evaluated them through demonstrations, testing and grading against specific requirements. Here he shares his thoughts on the category winner, Innography's intellectual property research platform.
Decoding the CODiE Awards: The Best Legal Information SolutionFriday, 31st January 2014
This week the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced the winner of the Best Legal Information Solution category of the 2014 CODiE awards. As an expert reviewer for the category this year, John DiGilio gives an insight into the five products he reviewed: Bloomberg Law Business Development Center, Innography, Lawyers.com, Lexis Practice Advisor, and Workshare Professional 8, one of which was chosen as the winner of the coveted CODiE.
Decoding the CODiE Awards: The ProcessThursday, 23rd January 2014
John DiGilio was chosen as an expert reviewer for the Best Legal Information Solution category of the 2014 CODiE awards - prestigious presentations made annually by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). He gives an insight into the review process and criteria that garnered Innography, Lexis Practice Advisor, Reed Tech Patent Advisor and Workshare Professional 8 a place on the finalists line up.
Practical Insights from Westlaw Practitioner InsightsFriday, 17th January 2014
The new WestlawNext platform came with many departures from the former Westlaw to which users were accustomed, including the ability to create content-focused tabs for easier searching. With the introduction of Practitioner Insights, the folks at Westlaw boldly bring that classic functionality back in a fresh way. Practitioner Insights pages are designed to recapture that practice-focused capability and enhance it with modern advances in curation and customised alerting that attorneys need to gain competitive advantage in today’s legal market.
Product Review of Westlaw Practitioner Insights: Executive SummaryThursday, 16th January 2014
John DiGilio's executive summary of his review of Westlaw Practitioner Insights looks at the product highlights, areas for improvement, the user interface and value offered by this important tool for attorneys and legal researchers. The coverage and sources are also addressed along with customisation and analysis features.
Product Review of Westlaw Practitioner Insights: Outputs, Pricing, Help & Contact DetailsMonday, 13th January 2014
The final part of John DiGilio's review of Westlaw Practitioner Insights discusses how the introduction of cloud-based folders for outputs and delivery of results offers cost and time savings through ease of access and greater sharing both internally and externally. Customer service, pricing and areas for improvement are also covered along with the company's plans for enhancements to the product which aims to offer information and analysis on legal practice areas from antitrust to health law and intellectual property.
Product Review of Westlaw Practitioner Insights: User Interface & Search OptionsFriday, 10th January 2014
Westlaw Practitioner Insights' user interface and search options are put to the test in the third part of John DiGilio's review. The pages offer the best content WestlawNext has to offer in the user's chosen practice area, with current awareness in the form of analysis, alerts, legal filings, news from Reuters and more accessible in an intuitive way.
Product Review of Westlaw Practitioner Insights: Sources & CoverageWednesday, 8th January 2014
The second part of John DiGilio's review of Westlaw Practitioner Insights looks at the sources and coverage in this legal information database which offers practice-specific information from a range of sources including the WestlawNext database and sources such as Reuters Legal, CQ Roll Call and Wolters Kluwer. John highlights Westlaw Daily Briefings as a particularly interesting feature, offering full context and analysis on developments in practice areas.
Product Review of Westlaw Practitioner Insights: Introduction, Audience, Value & FreePint's ViewWednesday, 8th January 2014
The debut of WestlawNext was a radical and, for most users, welcome departure from the old days of database-driven legal research. The ability to run one search across all content sets and for a set price was an idea whose time was hastened by clients eager to tighten purse strings and control costs. Too much of a good thing can have its disadvantages, however. Practitioners using the new platform waxed nostalgic over their former ability to create content-focused sets of resources specific to their areas of practice. Westlaw's new Practitioner Insights pages are designed to recapture that powerful feature of the old platform while enhancing it with modern advances in curation and customised alerting that attorneys need to gain competitive advantage in today's legal market.
The Intel on ALM Legal IntelligenceThursday, 12th September 2013
The ALM Legal Intelligence platform leverages the data that fuels the company's well-known and well-respected suite of annual surveys and reports on the legal industry. Brought together into one user-friendly platform, this data can easily be mined, made sense of, and compared. Researcher John DiGilio conducted an in-depth review and was pleased to find a resource that is not only intuitive to use and feature rich, but is as deep as it is broad in the scope of its coverage of the key information that shapes the legal industry.
Product Review of ALM Legal Intelligence: Executive SummaryTuesday, 10th September 2013
ALM Legal Intelligence leverages the vast body of data and industry intelligence that makes ALM's publications so integral to those in the legal field and unifies it in a single, versatile platform. John DiGilio's executive summary offers a snapshot of the product's use for researchers, analysts and competitive intelligence experts in the legal arena, working for firms large and small.
Product Review of ALM Legal Intelligence: Pricing, Customer Support, Contact DetailsMonday, 9th September 2013
In the final part of his review of ALM Legal Intelligence, John DiGilio reports on pricing, customer service and contact details. He also considers possible areas for improvement and finds them to be more cosmetic than anything else, a pleasant surprise given the size and extent of the database which provides information and competitive intelligence to US and international law firms and their clients.
Product Review of ALM Legal Intelligence: Outputs & Delivery, Special FunctionalityFriday, 6th September 2013
John DiGilio looks into the outputs and special functionality available in the ALM Legal Intelligence database and finds what makes this resource so attractive and so powerful to the serious researcher is the flexibility with which results are delivered. In addition, the ability to create customised and highly detailed reports comparing and contrasting firms based on criteria set by the user facilitates competitive intelligence gathering at its very best.
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FreePint Report: Product Review of Westlaw Practitioner InsightsThursday, 16th January 2014
Westlaw Practitioner Insights is a legal information database which offers practice-specific information from a range of sources including the WestlawNext database and sources such as Reuters Legal, CQ Roll Call and Wolters Kluwer. John DiGilio's review finds the pages offer the best content...
FreePint Report: Product Review of ALM Legal IntelligenceTuesday, 10th September 2013
As the legal industry continues to become increasingly more competitive, firms large and small are striving to achieve some sort of advantage. ALM Legal Intelligence is designed to meet the needs of those strategic players who toil behind the scenes to ensure the competitiveness of their firms....
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