Dr. Daniela Tiscornia of the Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques (ITTIG/CNR) and Dr. Meritxell Fernández-Barrera of Cersa (Centre d’Études et de Recherches de Sciences Administratives et Politiques)- CNRS, have published Knowing the Law as a Prerequisite to Participative eGovernment: The Role of Semantic Technologies (2012).
The article is published in Yannis Charalabidis and Sotirios Koussouris (Eds.), Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance: Technologies and Methods for Online Citizen Engagement in Public Policy Making (part 2, pp. 119-138) (Springer, 2012). Here is the abstract:
Active participation of EU citizens to their national and local decision-making process can only occur once they have a full knowledge of the transnational and national regulatory and institutional context. Despite their actual right to access legal documents, several barriers still prevent citizen against getting a true understanding of the effects brought about by normative changes and regulatory innovations. Linguistic and conceptual complexity of the legal domain is combined with technical barriers, and the availability of satisfactory, complete and reliable information services for legal experts and non-experts has still to come. This chapter focuses on the role ICT and, more specifically, semantic technologies play in providing powerful tools for bridging the gap between the two layers, that is, the formal and the conceptual aspects of legal knowledge, by guaranteeing not only formal access to the sources of the law but substantial knowledge of its content as well.
Thanks to Dr. Fernández-Barrera for granting permission to post this abstract.