Saturday, February 27, 2010

LawBrain - A Collaborative Forum for Legal Knowledge

LawBrain:
"LawBrain is a project of FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business, that is the world's leading provider of online legal information and Internet marketing solutions for law firms. LawBrain was launched in December 2009 as a collaborative forum to pool legal knowledge and create an interactive online space for discussion of legal topics and terms."

It's Moot, It's Smoot

Julianna Smoot announced as White House social secretary:
by Anne E. Kornblut at 44 Politics and Policy, Washington Post

We originally wanted to title this post It's Moot - only, but we figured nobody would get it.

European Commission - Education & Training - External Programmes and Policies - Study In Europe

Want to study in Europe? This website can help.

European Commission - Education & Training - External Programmes and Policies - Study In Europe
"There are more than four thousand higher education institutions in Europe, from top-level research establishments to small, teaching-focused colleges. Europe itself is no less diverse, extending from the Arctic Circle to the coast of Africa, where tiny principalities sit side-by-side with many of the world’s leading economies.

A fascinating destination, but which country should you go to? Which university should you choose? What do you need before you leave? What will happen when you arrive? These are just some of the questions you’re probably asking yourself already.

Study in Europe is here to help. We provide up-to-date information on thirty-two European countries, their universities and what it takes to live and study in them.

Use Study in Europe to find the university that suits you best. A well-informed decision will make your time abroad even more valuable."

Cross-country study: Economic policy challenges in the Baltics - ECFIN - European Commission

Cross-country study: Economic policy challenges in the Baltics - ECFIN - European Commission pdf [2 MB]

(European Economy. Occasional Papers. 58. February 2010. Brussels. Internet only. 106pp. Tab. Graph. Ann. Bibliogr. Free.)
KC-AH-10-058-EN-C ISBN: 978-92-79-15024-1 ISSN: 1725-3187

Summary for non-specialists pdf [70 KB]
"The study reviews the process of economic transformation in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from the early years of these countries' regained independence to the current downturn. In particular, the study examines macroeconomic and budgetary developments and policy, real and financial integration with the rest of the EU and medium-term challenges to optimise growth prospects. The emphasis lies on inferring policy lessons for small open economies undergoing rapid real and financial convergence, including the positive contribution which pursuing prudent policies over the medium term can make, also at a time of a crisis."
doi:10.2765/39481"

ePractice.eu : eGovernment and eInclusion in Europe

Here is a useful site for government facts and doings in Europe: ePractice.eu.
"ePractice.eu is a portal created by the European Commission which offers a new service for the professional community of eGovernment, eInclusion and eHealth practitioners. It is an interactive initiative that empowers its users to discuss and influence open government, policy-making and the way in which public administrations operate and deliver services.

ePractice.eu involves practitioners from all 27 Member States, EU-member candidate states and EFTA countries. Practitioners from other countries outside the EU are also welcome to join."
They have a very useful set of factsheets at "An overview of the eGovernment and eInclusion situation in Europe":
"The ePractice eGovernment and eInclusion factsheets aim to provide an overall picture of the situation and progress of eGovernment and eInclusion in 34 European countries: EU Member States, EU Candidate countries and EFTA countries. Local editions of the ePractice eGovernment factsheets are being produced in cooperation with local organizations. Print copies of the ePractice eGovernment factsheets are available upon request and stock availability. For more information about print copies please contact idabc@ec.europa.eu"

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