Abstracts from LIT 2013: Workshop on Legal Informatics and Legal Information Technology

Here are abstracts of papers presented at LIT 2013: Workshop on Legal Informatics and Legal Information Technology, held 20 June 20 2013, and one legal informatics paper presented at the Ph.D. Symposium of BIS 2013: International Conference on Business Information Systems, held 19 June 2013, both in Poznan, Poland. (For full text of papers, please contact the authors):

From LIT 2013:

Michał Araszkiewicz, Agata Łopatkiewicz, Adam Zienkiewicz: Parent Plan Support System – Context, Functions, and Knowledge Base. Abstract:

This paper presents a knowledge base (and its operation) for a support system designed for divorcing parents and intending to decide on issues of exercise of parental authority and contacts with children. The legal and functional context of this system is also presented. However, the main focus is on ideas concerning representation of a very complex legal concepts, i.e. well-being of the child.

Martin Nečaský, Tomas Knap, Jakub Klimek, Irena Holubova, Barbora Vidova Hladka: Linked Open Data for Legislative Domain – Ontology and Experimental Data. Abstract:

In this paper, we present an approach of publishing legislative content as Linked Open Data (LOD). LOD is a set of principles of publishing data on the Web in a machine-readable way so that links between different data sets, possibly published by different publishers, can be created. Therefore, LOD enable not only to publish data but also enrich with other existing data published according to the principles. We present what is the motivation for publishing legislation as LOD and what benefits can be gained. We then introduce a legislative ontology which builds on existing commonly used ontologies. We also show how we converted existing sources of legislation in Czech Republic to LOD.

Tomasz Żurek: Causality and Other Aspects of Instrumental Reasoning. Abstract:

Instrumental inference is one of the most interesting ways of reasoning, commonly used in legal practice. One of its characteristic features is the causal necessity relation that must occur between the reference actions. The aim of this study is to present and discuss model of causal necessity specific to instrumental inference, in the context of its application in the legal advisory system.

From BIS 2013 Ph.D. Symposium:

Dusko Martic: When Cloud Breaks Up: the Use of ODR for Disputes Arising from Termination of Cloud Services. Abstract:

[…] ODR for B2B has not been utilized much in the sphere of cloud computing, but it bears the promise of rebuilding the trust, managing the continuity of businesses and possible prevention of termination. Certain traits of ODR, as speed of process and private proceedings, are especially useful in cloud environments, but also it could also lead to highly specialized industry expert arbitration panels, which could enhance overall cloud service over time. The first part of paper analyzes current issues in termination of cloud contracts. In the second part we examine the applicability of ODR to disputes arising from cloud computing contracts and more specifically for conflicts and breaches leading to the termination of service. The author finally analyzes possible game theoretic and agreement technology approaches for ODR in order to assess the innovative approaches to these disputes.

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