Earlier this week, I saw a report about Thomson closing Banks-Baldwin’s Cleveland office. That got me thinking about all the mergers that have taken place in the legal information world over time and, being of the USA Today Infographic Generation, I was hoping that there would be a visual representation out there of them, similar to Marshall Breeding’s ILS merger chart, so I could better understand what has happened.
So I made one.
This information is surprisingly hard to find. I relied heavily on Ken Svengalis’ Legal Information Buyer’s Guide and the CRIV Publisher’s List (originally started by Rob Richards, who also helped point me in the right direction) to piece together the histories of these companies. This is a beta release, meaning still a work in progress, meaning I hope there are not (but there probably are) some mistakes. I hope to improve upon it in the future. If you see any errors or additions that should be made, drop me a comment or email.
ETA: Greg Lambert has updated it to include more types of legal info providers AND it’s open in such a way that others can edit it. Great job! Check it out.