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Re: Schema for legal judgements?

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 07:46:54 -0700
Message-ID: <CAFfrAFr0Y0LJN35ha_nwz7c8dajcmvWurQfT5F1AvcSR19wsug@mail.gmail.com>
To: Michael Below <below@judiz.de>, Rinke Hoekstra <hoekstra@few.vu.nl>, Michael Hausenblas <michael.hausenblas@deri.org>
Cc: public-vocabs@w3.org
On 30 May 2012 13:08, Michael Below <below@judiz.de> wrote:

> I am wondering if there is a schema for legal decisions. Legal cases are
> usually documented in specialized databases, but more and more cases are
> published on the internet and can be searched there. Finding relevant
> decisions would be easier if there was a common way to describe them.

Quick reply for now. This *is* interesting, and has some potential for
schema.org extensions.

However, given the complex and technical nature of the topic (and its
international aspects) I would prefer that we identify collaboration
with existing schemas/vocabularies/ontologies than begin a fresh
effort. I am copying Rinke and Michael here who might have thoughts on
existing initiatives - around legal XML and the linked govt data
communities. For related works, see
http://legalinformatics.wordpress.com/tag/rinke-hoekstra/ and in
particular http://doc.metalex.eu/ ("This service hosts (almost) all
Dutch national regulations in CEN MetaLex XML and as RDF Linked
Data."). I'm particularly concerned to understand better whether a
single high-level schema might be useful internationally, or whether
there is too much variation between jurisdictions for this to be be


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