Visualization Tool Could Help Lighten Legal Researcher Workloads
San Francisco-based software company Ravel hopes to simplify that most tedious aspect of law: legal research. The company, which began as a course project in Stanford’s Institute of Design, developed a versatile tool that lets users search a database of more than 5 million cases, visualize the citation relationships between cases identified as relevant to the query, and filter procedural language from cases’ text to simplify reading. The software integrates natural language processing, text analysis, and network analysis algorithms. Ravel’s creators note that their software was made possible by the recent push to make case law data freely available and machine readable online.