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Web 2.0 ”can improve collaboration”

by | Oct 9, 2008

Legal firms have been told they can learn lessons from web 2.0 technologies to improve their collaborative practicesWeb 2.0 technologies can help to enhance the working practices of legal organizations, it has been claimed.

Law.com”s Legal Technology service explains that collaborative efforts within the business world are increasingly adopting techniques inspired by social networking.

This could have benefits for companies which have previously faced obstacles undertaking document conversion, in light of the publication”s assertion that information can be edited in a format non-specific way.

In an earlier article, the legal information provider explained that company intranets can adopt editing processes similar to those used in wikis, online user-edited resources.

As a result, it argued that document conversion can take place between Microsoft Office applications, PDF and other filetypes.

However, the article stressed that wiki users within organizations must be made to feel comfortable about using such techniques.

One law firm to have adopted a wiki approach to its document editing is Baker & Hostetler, as chief information officer at the company Bob Craig tells Law.com.

He comments: "When you consider that lawyers are some of the most collaborative beings on earth, you have to consider that these technologies can be transformational if properly positioned."

Mr Craig adds that he and his colleagues are currently "bouncing around" the question of how to position web 2.0 technologies within their company firewall to achieve the best results.ADNFCR-1861-ID-18820030-ADNFCR