openlaws makes it possible to search multiple databases at once. You will be able to find legislation, case law, legal literature and legal experts. Relations between these elements will be visualized. openlaws starts with connecting EUR-Lex and databases from the UK, the Netherlands and Austria. Our ambition is to provide access to legal databases from all EU Member States, including yours.
Designing a vision for the future of Big Open Legal Data.
openlaws helps you find legal information more easily, organize it the way you want and share it with others. Together with you we create a network of legislation, case law, legal literature and legal experts – both on a national and a European level – leading to better access to legal information. Download our vision paper now.
The EU Project openlaws.eu was co-financed by the European Commission (DG Justice) under action grant JUST/2013/JCIV/AG (April 2014 – March 2016).
Next Generation Legal Technology
openlaws takes legal information systems beyond closed and static databases to an open and interactive level.
The rule of law is fundamental to all democratic states. The sheer growth of legal documents and their complexity make access to legal information burdensome. The Internet has made it a lot easier to search for legislation, case law and legal literature. There are growing numbers of online commercial and government databases to consult online. Today, web technologies allow users to collaborate with each other, creating and sharing content. Personalized search and group profiles enable users to cater content to their needs. openlaws takes advantage of these new technologies in order to provide better access to legal information.
September 2014, Amsterdam
The EC funded openlaws.eu project and the LAPSI thematic network project joined forces for a workshop on open legal data for Europe. About 25 participants from academia, government, business and civil society discussed what the drivers are for opening up legal data for re-use in different jurisdictions and what barriers (perceived or real) exist.
March 2015, Salzburg
The main purpose of the code camp was to give students the opportunity to get a hands-on experience with the openlaws.eu platform. The aim was to get early feedback from a small community. We have made the initial platform available, so students could experiment with the code. Given the diversity of the projects, no fair evaluation criteria could be established. All concepts and prototypes were eligible to participate in the prize draw.
June 2015, Vienna
openlaws organized a dedicated workshop on Open Source Software (OSS). OSS plays a key role in research-driven projects. To guarantee sustainable results, the process of innovation has to reach beyond organizational boundaries. The combination of internal and external knowledge and motivation unleashes new potentials and opens paths to new ways of success. It is Open Source Software that establishes this link. Thus, OSS is a building block, which cannot be neglected by academia, industry or the public sector. OSS gains also importance from a European perspective, which becomes obvious by the emphasis of the European Commission on their Open Source Strategy for 2017. The openlaws.eu – Open Source Workshop aimed at bringing international professionals from academia, industry, and the public sector together to exchange experience, findings, and ideas in the realm of Open Source Software.
September 2015, London
openlaws.eu organized a dedicated workshop on open innovation. Open Innovation is an important component of the foreseen European Innovation System, where all stakeholders need to be involved and create seamless interaction and mash-up for ideas in innovation ecosystems. An open collaboration between public bodies, legal professionals, businesses, citizens, publishers, universities and NGOs may lead to an entirely new environment for providing, accessing and understanding legal information. Open data and open source software support this trend.
December 2015, Braga
Radboud Winkels organized an openlaws.eu workshop with a focus on linked open data. More and more legal data is freely available in electronic form. It concerns legislation, case law and possibly others like legal commentaries. Most of the sources of law available online are stand-alone web services or databases, containing one type of documents, not linked to other sources. For instance, the Dutch portal for case law – rechtspraak.nl – contains a (small) part of all judicial decisions in the Netherlands. Case citations in these decisions are sometimes explicitly linked, references to legislation are not. From earlier research we know that professional users of legal documents would like to see and have easy access to related ones from other collections.
February 2016, Salzburg
The leading topic of the IRIS 2016 conference was “Networks”. Networks are systems whose structure can be described as a graph; a set of elements (nodes) which are connected together by links (edges). The relations are therefore varied, may be redundant and can have different meanings weightings). In law the cooperation structure determines the network structure. “Cooperation” is understood as the purposeful interaction of actions of living creatures, people or organizations for better achieving a common goal through division of labour. Without cooperation no system building exists. 50 students participated in the openlaws.eu hackathon, working in the following domains:
Text and data mining
Mapping the law
March 2016, Brussels
In the final Big Open Legal Data (BOLD) Conference, the participating universities and SMEs from the openlaws.eu project presented their results and provided an outlook to the future of openlaws:
Prof. Radboud Winkels, University of Amsterdam, Coordinator, Welcome and Introduction on EU Project openlaws.eu, (incl. openlaws.eu information video and short demo)
Invited Talk: Toon Vanagt, Chairperson Open Knowledge Belgium, Open Data and Law The Belgian Perspective
Chris Marsden, Mireille van Eechoud, Legal, Social and Business Aspects of Re-use of Legal Information – A Comparative Country Analysis
Paolo Dini, Socio-Economic Analysis of Big Open Legal Data – A Governance and Multi-Stakeholder Framework Questions and Answers
Matteo Zanioli, Thomas Heistracher & Eduard Hirsch, openlaws.eu Architecture and Prototype Implementation – Building an Innovative Legal Information System
Radboud Winkels, The Bold and the Enriched: A series of analysis steps to get more out of legal data Methods for Enriching Big Open Legal Data
Clemens Wass, Beyond openlaws.eu – openlaws as an ODI start-up
Dini, P. and Kioupkiolis, A. (2014). Community Currencies as Laboratories of Institutional Learn- ing: Emergence of Governance through the Mediation of Social Value, Inaugural WINIR Confer- ence, Greenwich, London, UK, 11-14
Lampoltshammer, Th. & Wass, C. (2014). EU Project openlaws.eu. CeDEM2015.
Littera, G, Sartori, L., Dini, P. and Antoniadis, P (submitted). From an Idea to a Scalable Working Model: Merging Economic Benefits with Social Values in Sardex. Under review with the International Journal of Community Currency Research
Littera, G., Sartori, L., Dini, P. and Antoniadis, P. (2014). From an Idea to a Scalable Working Model: Merging Economic Benefits with Social Values in Sardex, Inaugural WINIR Conference, Greenwich, London, 11-14
Marsden, C. (2013). Twenty Years of the Public Interest: Big Open Legal Data. Law via the Internet Conference, September 26-27.
Salamanca, O. & Eechoud, M. van (2014). Open Legal Data for Europe. Workshop report. 7 pages.
Sartori, L and Dini, P (submitted). Sardex, from complementary currency to institution: A micro-macro case study. Under review with Stato e Mercato.
Wass, C. (2015). OpenLaws.eu – Stakeholder Framework. Proceedings of IRIS 2015. Feb 2015, Salzburg, pp.
Wass, C. & Lampoltshammer, Th. (2015). Europäische Schnittstellen zur Rechtsinformation. Souhrada Festschrift, 8 pages.
Wass, C., Sageder, C. & Lampoltshammer, Th. (2015). openlaws.eu – Offene Rechtsinformation. OGD DACHLI OpenX, 3 pages.
Wass, C. & Lampoltshammer, Th. (2014). Neue Standards für Gesetze und Entscheidungen: ECLI und ELI. Jus IT 4/2014, p. 155.
Wass, C. (2013). Open Data as an Opportunity for Legal Information Services. Proceedings of the 16th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS 2013. 21-23 Feb. 2013, Salzburg, Austria.
Wass, C., Dini, P., Eiser, T., Heistracher, Th., Lampoltshammer, Th., Marcon, G., Sageder, Ch., Tsiavos, P., Winkels, R. (2013). OpenLaws.eu. Proceedings of the 16th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS 2013. 21-23 Feb. 2013, Salzburg, Austria.
Winkels, R. (in press). Exploiting the Web of Law. Post-proceedings of Complexité et politiques publiques, France.
Winkels, R. and Boer, A. (submitted). “May it please the lawyer”: A Recommender System for the Legal Domain. Submitted to RecSys 2016, Boston, 2016.
Winkels, R. and Boer, A. (2016). Two Experiments in Finding Relevant Case Law. Accepted for First Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe (CELSE2016), Amsterdam, June 21-22, 2016.
Winkels, R. (2016). A Hybrid Method for Finding Relevant Case Law. Proceedings of IRIS 2016. Feb 2016, Salzburg.
Winkels, R. (2015). Experiments in finding relevant case law. Pre-Proceedings of NAiL 2015. Dec 2015, Braga.
Winkels, R. (2015). The OpenLaws project: Big Open Legal Data. Proceedings of IRIS 2015. Feb 2015, Salzburg, pp. 189-196.
Winkels, R., Boer, A., Vredebregt, B. & Someren, A. van (2014). Towards a Legal Recommender System. In R. Hoekstra (ed). JURIX 2014: The Twenty-Seventh International Conference. Volume 6, 271 of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, IOS Press, Amsterdam, pp. 169-178. Best Paper Award.
EUCases Workshop 2014
Forum Alpbach – Legal Symposium 2014
openlaws.eu: BOLD Workshop on LAPSI 2014
LAPSI 2.0 Conference 2014
Share PSI 2014
JURIX 2014 (best paper prize)
WU Executive Academy – DSG Event (invited talk)
openlaws.eu: Code Camp
openlaws.eu: ODI Lunchtime Lecture
Code X FutureLaw Conference 2015
CeDEM 2015 and Share PSI
ATELIER COMPLEXITÉ ET POLITIQUES PUBLIQUES, 2E ÉDITION
ACLE Workshop on Legal Structures (invited talk)
EUCases Workshop 2015
4. OGD D-A-CH-LI Konferenz – Open X
openlaws.eu: BOLD Workshop on Open Source Software
IACL Conference 2015
openlaws.eu: BOLD Workshop on Open Innovation
iKNOW 2015 (invited talk)
ODI Summit 2015
Verwaltungsmanagementtag (VMT) Linz
European Data Forum (EDF) 2015 (invited talk)
WU Executive Academy: 21st Century Entrepreneurship (invited talk)
Jurix 2015 – Open Data Workshop
Salzburg University, Faculty of Law (invited talk)
Publication Office (invited presentation)
IRIS 2016 and openlaws.eu Hackathon (Data Integration Seminar)
eDay – Austrian Chamber of Commerce
openlaws.eu: Final BOLD Conference
Access to and Reuse of EU Legal Information Conference (invited talk)
Workstreams and deliverables
Workstream 1: Mapping Open Law: Resources and Institutional Partners
- State-of-the-art report for legal, social and business aspects of re-use of legal information [SUSS] (1.1.d1)
- Case study 1: European institutions [SUSS, UVA] (1.2.d2)
- Case study 2: UK [SUSS] (1.2.d3)
- Case study 3: Austria [SUSS, BYW] (1.2.d4)
- Case study 4: Netherlands [SUSS, UVA] (1.2.d5)
- Synthesis report [LSE,SUSS] (1.3.d1)
- Comparative country report: White paper on the OpenLaws.eu open innovation community [SUSS,LSE] (1.3.d2)
Workstream 2: Socio-Economic and Technical Analysis
- Analysis of legal networks [UVA, BYW] (2.1.d1)
- Requirements for enrichments tools [UVA] (2.2.d1)
- Final specification and vision of enrichment tools [UVA, SUAS] (2.2.d3)
- Socio-economic framework for BOLD stakeholders [LSE, SUSS, BYW] (2.3.d1)
- BOLD socio-economic and governance framework [LSE, SUSS, BYW] (2.3.d2)
- Final BOLD business models for stakeholders [BYW] (2.4.d2)
Workstream 3: BOLD ICT Platform design and development
Workstream 4: Dissemination and User Community Engagement
- Leaflet [BYW] (4.1.d1)
- Information brochure [BYW] (4.1.d2)
- Handbook for stakeholders [BYW] (4.1.d3)
- Infographic [BYW] (4.1.d4)
- Project website and social media presences [UVA] (4.1.d5): openlaws.eu, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
- Promotional video [BYW] (4.1.d6)
- Big data user activity and metadata report [BYW, SUAS] (4.3.d1)
- Overview on scientific publications [UVA] (4.4.d1)
- Conferences activity report [BYW] (4.4.d2)
- BOLD Vision 2020 [BYW, UVA, SUSS, LSE, SUAS] (4.4.d3)