Circling back, what does this have to do with litigation knowledge management?
Imagine that a tagging system for documents and URLS is implemented internally at a law firm, such that others in the firm can see what you call another document, can see your tags, and aggregates the tags. It would be significantly easier than it currently is to identify and find:
- the documents that people go back to again and again (a/k/a exemplars, forms, models);
- what people think documents pertain to (removal, subject-matter jurisdiction, pulp plants);
- who is concerned with which issues and trends (Joe Partner in DC, Amy Associate in NY).
I am trying to provide these same resources day after day to the attorneys in my firm, which is possible through my extensive time investment in the available search technologies and databases that my firm offers. With social tagging they wouldn't have to call me, but could take advantage of other's perspectives.Social tagging has the potential to allow attorneys to add rich context to their work product and search efforts, and to lower the effort required to take advantage of the work of others in the firm.