Say hello to Kelvin 👋

Posted in News on January 1, 2023 by 273 Ventures ‐ 3 min read

Say hello to Kelvin 👋

Kelvin is the world’s first Legal Data Operating System. But in order to really understand what this means, we need to first understand what the real goal of an operating system is.

What is an Operating System?

An operating system refers to the foundational software and data that enable "higher-level" activities on a computer.

Operating systems come with low-level drivers that facilitate input and output from hardware. For example:

  • Input: Storage drive → Word processor
  • Input: Keyboard keystrokes → Word processor
  • Output: Email attachment → Internet
  • Output: Word processor → Printer

Operating systems also typically provide basic "apps" to help users accomplish common tasks. For example:

  • 🔍 Finder/Explorer: Help users find and navigate local files.
  • 🌐 Browsers: Help users find and navigate the Internet.
  • 📧 Email Client: Help users send and receive email.
  • 📦 App Stores: Help users find and install new apps.

Operating systems also provide basic data that apps require for common tasks, including:

  • 🕒 Timezone and Calendar Data
  • 🗣 Language and Geopolitical Data
  • 💵 Currency Data
  • 🔒 Trusted SSL Certificates

What is a Data OS?

If an OS simplifies user and developer interactions with computers, what is a Data OS?

An ideal Data OS is a platform that allows users to easily:

  • 📥 Import from a variety of sources
  • 📋 De-duplicate identical and near-identical records
  • 🔍 Identify and classify types of data
  • ⚙ Convert and extract from unstructured data
  • 📊 Analyze and visualize information
  • 🔗 Integrate with common systems and AI models
  • 📤 Export data to key systems
  • 📦 Package data and apps for re-use

What is a Legal Data OS?

So, what then is a Legal Data OS?

Legal data is created and managed by a variety of actors, including:

  • 👩‍🏫 Clients and their counterparties
  • 🧑‍💻 Lawyers and paralegals
  • 🧑‍💻 Legal ops and analytics teams

Legal data is created and managed in a variety of systems, including:

  • 📁 Local and network file systems
  • 📧 Email systems
  • 📄 Document management systems
  • 🕔 Billing/timekeeping systems
  • 🤝 Contract management systems
  • ‍⚖️ Matter management systems

A Legal Data OS needs to make it simple for users to accomplish common tasks with these systems. For example:

  • 🔍 Find contracts in a DMS, email, deal rooms, etc.
  • 🔗 Link duplicate, near-duplicate, amended, and incorporated contracts
  • 📋 Extract and classify key data from contracts
  • 🔍 Organize contracts by type, jurisdiction, counterparty, etc.
  • 📋 Summarize and cluster policies and procedures across subsidiaries
  • 📋 Resolve and de-duplicate entities and counterparties
  • 🔗 Link complaints to matter records, entities, contracts
  • 📋 Extract and classify key data from complaints
  • 🕔 Extract and classify key data from timekeeping records and invoices
  • 📊 Support predicting and pricing disputes or litigation

Now that you understand the concept of a Legal Data OS, let's talk about Kelvin.

Kelvin is the world's first Legal Data OS, designed to reflect our experiences working with legal data over the last 15 years.

While Kelvin is still in early development, we've already built a number of modules that help legal teams accomplish common tasks in legal data environments. Kelvin has already been used for R&D and client projects.

We're excited to share Kelvin with the world, and we hope you'll join us on this journey.