Matias Frosterus, Jouni Tuominen, Mika Wahlroos, and Professor Dr. Eero Hyvönen, all of Aalto University, presented a poster and demo entitled The Finnish Law as a Linked Data Service, at ESWC 2013: The 10th Extended Semantic Web Conference, held in May 2013 in Montpellier.
Here is the abstract:
Juridical information is important to organizations and individuals alike and is linked to from all walks of life. The Finnish government has published the Finlex Data Bank for searching and browsing legislation documents. However, the data there is not yet open, is based on a traditional XML schema, and does not conform to new semantic metadata standards. There are many difficulties in maintaining and using the site in, e.g., data harvesting, interoperability, querying, and linking that could be mitigated by the Semantic Web technologies. This paper presents an approach and a project — including first results — for publishing and using Finnish legislation as a 5-star Linked Open Data service.