Here are excerpts from the document:
As of September 12, 2012, community discussion was underway about the value of a standardization effort to define a non-proprietary and royalty-free citation markup language model for legal/legislative content. The proposed data model and markup language standard for neutral/universal legal citation would be of relevance to software developers, legal publishers and service providers, law librarians, court and legislative staff, linked data information architects, open government digital librarians, and legal analytics experts.
The proposed open standardization activity does not seek to place constraints on existing citation models, nor alter display/presentation formats for published legal citations as mandated or recommended within various jurisdictions. It seeks to establish a common information data model (conceptual model, vocabulary, and metadata definitions) for the structure and semantics of citation components needed in several genres of legal texts which have digital format representations. Excerpt from a recent draft proposal of 2013-07:
Problem: “…the number of officially binding electronic resources for legislation, case law, and official documents is increasing. Relying solely on the printed text of citations will add to the cost and burden of researching and complying with increasingly complex legal issues. A uniform approach to legal citations is crucial for the long-term accessibility and preservation of legal content…”
Solution: … development of a formal vocabulary and markup language system for legal citations meeting the “unique requirements of the broad legal community [to] provide the foundation for creating enriched content that can be useful across multiple groups of interested parties. This model can provide a basis for creating more powerful editorial and data handling tools for legal content, and can support the development of federated citation databases that help connect legal professionals to resources. A legal citation markup standard can enable a new generation of tools and capabilities benefiting all players and allowing commercial entities to deliver new generations of products and services limited only by their imagination and ability to innovate…”
The collected citations below are intended to provide general background to the larger “legal citation” problem that continues to concern several classes of stakeholders. “Neutral citation” (medium-neutral, vendor-neutral, content-neutral citation) appears alongside “universal citation” and “universal legal citation” as a cover term, but varying nuances are not teased apart here. […]
Please contact Robin Cover to suggest additions or corrections for the following reference list. Similarly, send email if you would like further information about the ongoing standardization proposal discussions.[…]