What is a legal dataset?

A dataset is data that’s been aggregated, organised, and structured for a particular purpose. A legal dataset, therefore, is a comprehensive collection of information about the law. This regulatory and legal data might include federal court records and documents, case law, law firms, patent information, intellectual property, trademarks, bankruptcy, lawyers and judges, lawsuits, litigation history, interested parties, watchlists, contact details, and other legal findings.

When working with a legal dataset, the data needs to be:

  • relevant to your use case
  • reliable – from dependable and validated sources
  • based on facts and figures

Our legal documents come from a variety of sources, including news articles, government websites, federal records centres.

Many industries and professionals can gain business intelligence and development from this—fueling insight and innovation. Legal data provides you with greater visibility and clarity, empowering more informed decisions. Quality datasets also save resources, time, and effort conducting exhaustive legal research.

Nexis® DaaS Legal Dataset

Nexis® Data as a Service (DaaS) is a comprehensive cloud-based software solution for working with data—and provides a solid basis for big data research initiatives.

With Nexis® DaaS, you’ll have access to an exceptional range of third-party data aggregated to meet a variety of your legal needs. The product’s datasets span an unrivalled range of information and content types from an ever-growing spectrum of sources, including:

  • US case law, statutes, dockets, bill tracking, and administrative materials
  • international primary law data from five countries
  • patents covering 105 countries—with 80 patent data sources and patent authorities
  • company and financial data—including information on 280 million companies
  • directories and biographies
  • 3,800 industry tags and 4,200 subject topics
  • analyst, country, and company reports

You access this data using our intuitive, flexible application programming interfaces (APIs).

Types of data available with Nexis® DaaS

Nexis® DaaS lets you access smart data from the largest collection of text-based data in the world. Our API options easily integrate with your existing analytics or applications.

Regardless of your legal and research goals, the APIs and platforms available with Nexis DaaS ensure you get access to relevant, high-quality data just the way you need it.

Bulk delivery options deliver on-premise access to semi-structured news, legal and regulatory content reaching back more than 40 years. These deliver large volumes of content for historical analysis, predictive modelling and more.

Search and Retrieve APIs offer access to a variety of datasets with search and retrieve functionality, ongoing monitoring and post-search filters to further refine your search results. These APIs make creating intuitive search and retrieve functions possible in your own applications and workflows. This means you can explore and use Nexis DaaS data on demand and all in one place.

How LexisNexis enriches the data

With Nexis® Data as a Service (DaaS) and its intelligent data enrichment process, you can draw meaning from a vast array of content. This proprietary data categorisation and indexing enables more efficient, targeted data calls and results wrangling—a process assisted by third-party tagging.

Our industry leading data fabrication, classification, and enrichment process:

  • creates clean, semi-structured XML data for integration into a database or application
  • enables data discovery—even when content comes in different languages—through algorithmic semantic analysis
  • supports more targeted data calls that yield more relevant data, thanks to metadata tags, topical classification, entity extraction, and other enrichments.

Having our enriched data and services alleviates the need for you to create your own enrichment solution. Instead, start using Nexis DaaS right away to manage and leverage traditional and online news, opinion, commentary and buzz. What’s more, our enrichment process enables you to quickly draw connections between data points, so you can capture insights you might otherwise miss.

Legal data use cases

Our data services and comprehensive content can meet a wide variety of needs.

Need to go beyond the legal data?

In addition to our unprecedented legal collection, we also offer current and archival news datasets and business datasets. These are unmatched in their size and breadth, and encompass critical news, business, regulatory, legal and patents data, as well as:

  • more than 80,000 news sources in 75 languages, with 3.5 million new documents joining the dataset daily
  • licensed print, broadcast, and web news, blogs and social commentary
  • politically exposed person (PEP) lists, sanctions lists, and watchlists

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