What is it?
In-Focus pages are intended to be a one-stop-shop for issues that are currently in the headlines. They have everything from introductory materials, to links to statutes, to news alerts. They are a curated in-depth analysis so that an attorney could feel competent dealing with a complicated or technical issue.
Think of them like a Wikipedia page on steroids…. but for legal professionals.
Who makes them?
Bloomberg hires prominent attorneys in the subject fields to collect these materials – people who have extensive knowledge of the subject matter and can anticipate what an attorney would want to know.
But what is in them?
Let’s take a closer look at the In-Focus: Blockchain page that I’ve linked above. Here’s a video to lead you through the process of navigating there.
I won’t cover everything but I’ll give you some highlights. Top Right (1) you can see that they have a few different Primers (of different depths and scopes). Dead center (2) they have Bloomberg Law Trackers – these are machine algorithms that go out into the web and scrape data related to the topic. Just below that (3) they have Bloomberg Analysis, which is generally a deeper look at contemporary topics by legal professionals (like a news article but written by an attorney instead of a journalist). Further down and on the right sidebar (4) they have links to Dockets and Court Opinions about blockchain – you can see the most recent litigation or search within this subject-specific database. Wayyyyy down at the bottom (5), they have a map that shows how each state is dealing with regulation (you can click-through to see the actual legislation).
What other topics are covered?
They add new topics as trends emerge. Here’s a random sampling:
- AT&T-Time Warner Merger
- Autonomous Vehicles
- Blockchain Technology
- Broadband Privacy
- California Consumer Privacy Act
- Digital Currency
Sean Harrington, Reference/Electronic Resources Librarian