Siri Meet ROSS

Designed by University of Toronto students, ROSS, a Siri-like prototype app for legal research utilizes IBM’s Watson computer technology to help lawyers and legal research specialists “power through legal research.” Like Siri, but designed for lawyers, asking ROSS a legal question will get you an “instant answer with citations and suggested readings from a variety of content sources.”

Here is a sampling of  what ROSS can do:

  1. Give you very relevant answers – not a list of results – to your natural language questions
  2. Learn from user’s questions – it learns and improves the more it is used
  3. Provide a consistent and easy to use experience no matter the device from which you access it

Although still in the prototype stage, ROSS is getting the backing of one large U.S. firm and shows great promise as an innovative legal research tool.


About Cheryl Niemeier

Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Knowledge & Research Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Ms. Niemeier received her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Ms. Niemeier has held multiple professional leadership positions in local, regional and national library associations. She frequently speaks at professional association conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Ms. Niemeier has authored multiple articles and seminar publications.
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