A post on Above the Law today noted the launch of Lexis on April 2nd 1978. I recalled reading that there was an Ohio Bar system which predated Lexis so I did some research. Lexis created a history of online research Timeline for its 30th anniversary. This timeline points to the initiatives by the Ohio State Bar Association. In 1965 bar members James F Preston Jr and William G Harrington created the seminal definition of electronic legal research as a "non-indexed, full text, online, interactive, computer assisted service"
The bar association later created a non-profit called Obar (Ohio Bar Automated Research Corporation) which retained a small technology company Data Corp. to create a database of the Ohio cases and statutes. The company was subsequently purchased and became Mead Data the original owner of Lexis.
|The Original Lexis DeLuxe Terminal|
More Shots From "The Lexis Museum"
|The Pre-GUI Lexis Display|
|The Deluxe was replaced by the compact Ubiq terminal.|
|The many faces of Lexis|
Lexis And ABA Enter eBook Agreement
Today LexisNexis and the American Bar Association announced an agreement to have over 200 ABA eBook titles available through the LexisNexis Digital Library-- the LexisNexis eBook platform. Access to the ABA Library will be available on a subscription basis through theLexisNexis Digital Library. Single user titles will continue to be available through the ABA bookstore.
While I applaud this initiative, I am a proponent of the multi-modal approach -publishers should make information available through many platforms. Let the users decide how they want to consume the information. There was a time when Lexis offered a searchable library of ABA publications on the LexisNexis platform, maybe we can go back to the future....