gift packageThere’s a feature that I really want to be included in my technology-assisted review platform. It would be so easy to implement.

It works kind of like those annoying browser plugins. You know the ones. They turn ordinary words or phrases on any website into green double-underlined links that pop up ads if you accidentally move your mouse over one of them:



The feature I want works almost the same way, but it enlightens instead of annoys. Review team members determine which words get links and what information pops up. I want my team members to be able to select and right-click on any significant case-specific word or phrase (e.g., a technical term or a name) and create a custom annotation. Then, wherever that word or phrase appears anywhere in the documents, it would have a faint underscoring, and any team member would be able to pop up the annotation (but only intentionally) and instantly get up to speed on the term’s significance.

These annotations could be crowdsourced, moderated or curated, wikified, whatever. Different users could have different permissions or not.

As a corollary to the same wish, I’d like the platform to provide the ability to import a handmade custom case dictionary (as described in an earlier post), where the words defined in the dictionary would be underscored in the documents and the definitions would appear in the pop-ups.

Pernicious adware makers have the technology. Why can’t we?