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Semantic Web for the legal domain: the next step

Casanovas, Pompeu, Palmirani, Monica, Peroni, Silvio, van Engers, Tom and Vitali, Fabio 2016, Semantic Web for the legal domain: the next step, Semantic Web, vol. 7, no. 3, Special issue: Semantic Web for the Legal Domain, pp. 213-227, doi: 10.3233/SW-160224.

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Title Semantic Web for the legal domain: the next step
Author(s) Casanovas, Pompeu
Palmirani, Monica
Peroni, Silvio
van Engers, Tom
Vitali, Fabio
Journal name Semantic Web
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Season Special issue: Semantic Web for the Legal Domain
Start page 213
End page 227
Total pages 15
Publisher IOS Press
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-03-23
ISSN 1570-0844
2210-4968
Keyword(s) Semantic Web for the legal domain
ontologies
linked data
Semantic Web and its applications
regulations
rights
Summary Ontology-driven systems with reasoning capabilities in the legal field are now better understood. Legal concepts are not discrete, but make up a dynamic continuum between common sense terms, specific technical use, and professional knowledge, in an evolving institutional reality. Thus, the tension between a plural understanding of regulations and a more general understanding of law is bringing into view a new landscape in which general legal frameworks – grounded in well-known legal theories stemming from 20th-century c. legal positivism or sociological jurisprudence – are made compatible with specific forms of rights management on the Web. In this sense, Semantic Web tools are not only being designed for information retrieval, classification, clustering, and knowledge management. They can also be understood as regulatory tools, i.e. as components of the contemporary legal architecture, to be used by multiple stakeholders – front-line practitioners, policymakers, legal drafters, companies, market agents, and citizens. That is the issue broadly addressed in this Special Issue on the Semantic Web for the Legal Domain, overviewing the work carried out over the last fifteen years, and seeking to foster new research in this field, beyond the state of the art.
Language eng
DOI 10.3233/SW-160224
Field of Research 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
HERDC Research category CN Other journal article
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, IOS Press and The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085286

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Law
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