Discussions about metadata used to be very common in law office management and technology circles. You do not hear as much about that topic today, primarily because Microsoft Word and Corel WordPerfect have built-in metadata scrubbers. But, as with other technology-based developments there are often new challenges and now is a good time to brush up on your knowledge of metadata. We asked Donna Payne, who is widely regarded as an expert on metadata, to be the guest on our Digital Edge podcast. The topic is Metadata Management and Daily Best Practices. Donna shared many great tips, including her checklist of the most common metadata mistakes that lawyers make and some daily best practices that lawyers can implement to help protect their data. Her firm produces and sells Metadata Assistant, a very well-regarded tool. But her podcast appearance was far from a sales pitch as she outlined many ways lawyers who do not have such a tool can manage metadata risks.
Apparently, August was a big month for law practice management and technology articles. I ended up with twenty-six articles we have placed in the OBA Management Assistance Program Reading Room for the month. The linked articles range from Microsoft Office tips to engagement letters to keyboard shortcuts to redesigning law firms. Lawyers who do real estate closings will not want to miss the checklist on the “Closing Ceremony.” I hope you enjoy the OBA MAP Reading Room for August 2016.
We hear a lot about big data these days. But what about our “little data?” By that I mean the routine information that we discard because we have never thought of trying to capture it. Here’s my post on Attorney@Work Big Data, Little Data: It’s All Useful Data where I discuss how using document automation on something routine, like client intake information, can actually be a way to become more efficient and capture client data for valuable reuse later.
According to The Hufftington Post, there are 12 things that people in their twenties should do. Here’s some of them:
1. Rid yourself of bad people.
2. Pay attention to your mental health.
3. Make time for your best friends.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask.
5. Travel lots – and sometimes alone.
These are also some of the things that can lead you to a happy and fulfilling life.
Check the whole article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sophie-hannah-davis/12-things-you-should-do-in-your-20s_b_10210758.html