Extract from ICLR&D’s “Open Source NLP and Machine Learning for Legal Texts. What Is Blackstone and How Did We Build It?”
On 7 August 2019, the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting’s newly formed research lab, ICLR&D, launched the prototype version of its legal natural language processing system, Blackstone.
For a more technical run down of what Blackstone is and how to use it, go over to the project’s GitHub repository here. The purpose of this article is to provide a more general account of how Blackstone came into being and the thinking driving its development.