Dr. Adam Wyner of the University of Leeds Centre for Digital Citizenship and Dr. Rinke Hoekstra of the University of Amsterdam’s Leibniz Center for Law have had the following article accepted for publication: A Legal Case OWL Ontology with an Instantiation of Popov v. Hayashi, forthcoming in Knowledge Engineering Review, in a special issue on case-based reasoning.
Here is the abstract of the article:
The paper provides an OWL ontology for legal cases with an instantiation of the legal case Popov v. Hayashi. The ontology makes explicit the conceptual knowledge of the legal case domain, supports reasoning about the domain, and can be used to annotate the text of cases, which in turn can be used to populate the ontology. A populated ontology is a case base which can be used for information retrieval, information extraction, and case based reasoning. The ontology contains not only elements of indexing the case (e.g. the parties, jurisdiction, and date), but as well elements used to reason to a decision such as argument schemes and the components input to the schemes. We use the Protege ontology editor and knowledge acquisition system, current guidelines for ontology development, and tools for visual and linguistic presentation of the ontology.
For full text of the article prior to publication, please contact the authors. Thanks to Dr. Wyner for the abstract and for posting the preprint.
[Post updated 29 April 2010 to link to the preprint.]
Tags: Adam Wyner, Knowledge Engineering Review, Legal Case Ontology, Legal knowledge representation, Legal ontologies, Legal semantic web, Modeling court decisions, Modeling judicial decisions, Modeling legal argumentation, Modeling legal arguments, Modeling legal cases, Modeling legal logic, Modeling legal reasoning, Rinke Hoekstra, Semantic Web and law