Codification: put all the laws in one place […]
within the next two years, “the new codification movement” — laws will be codified in digital format
What is required? Three Stages:
1. UELMA (Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act)
- Authentication: Provenance, ensuring that the document is authentic/has not been tampered with
- Preserved: documents need to be kept/preserved (need a solution for primary legal materials)
- Accessible: no arbitrary walls between public and the law
2. Law as Data
- Data Model: what happens when a law is amended, then the original law is repealed?
- Data Presentation: how should data be made available? bulk downloads, APIs, viewing in different formats
3. Legal Data Science
Once you have the law in a machine-readable form, what can you do with it?
- Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Law […]
- Version Control […]
- Reality Mining […]
- Algorithmic Law […]
Call to Action:
- DC, NY, Chicago, Boston, others — “open democracy platform” for laws to be published in an open format (http://dccode.org/simple/) (and http://freelawfounders.org/)
- Boston/Cambridge — to make codes available online: See: https://github.com/HumanDynamics/FreeLaw/wiki
For more details, please see the complete presentation.