[NOTE: Updated on 9-2-2009 to add a link to Part 2 of the post.]
The “search by voice” feature of Google Mobile Application, or Google Mobile App, could have significant implications for legal research, by making certain legal resources easily retrievable by voice search on mobile devices. Among other implications, Google Mobile App raises the questions of whether the leading U.S. computer-assisted legal research services offer, or plan to offer, voice search, and whether those services let Internet search engines such as Google index their content, or plan to do so in the future.
These issues are discussed in a two-part post of mine published September 1-2, 2009 this week at Law Librarian Blog. Part 1 is available here, and Part 2 is available here. should be published shortly.
I’m grateful to the following persons for their help with this post: Professor Vicki Szymczak, Director of the Brooklyn Law School Library; Associate Dean Simon Canick of William Mitchell College of Law; Tonya L. Johnson and Stephen Stine of the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center; Christina Steinbrecker and Fauzia Sharmeen of Fastcase; Elan Kleis, Dianne L. Chambers, and Marc Osborn of LexisNexis; Joe Acton, President of VersusLaw; Lori Hedstrom and Margie Cunningham of West, a Thomson Reuters business; and Cody Chanthaseny of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.