C. Biagioli, E. Francesconi, G. Sartor (eds.),
Proceedings of the V Legislative XML Workshop,
European Press Academic Publishing (EPAP), 2007
Widespread and shared access to legal information can significantly
contribute to European integration. This objective requires
the adoption of common or interoperable standards for legal
documents and related information, inorder to enhance cross-border
exchanges, promote interoperability among applications, and
permit communication between legal information systems. Moreover,
standardization can improve the quality of legal contents
and facilitate the delivery of high quality integrated services,
all over Europe.
In the last few years many national projects have been launched
on standards for legislative texts, with the purpose of overcoming
the fragmentation of legal information within national systems,
as well as to contribute to legal certainty and improve the
quality of legislation. Recently the experiences of
several national projects (as NIR in Italy, Metalex in the
Netherlands, LexDania in Denmark, CHLeXML in Switzerland and
eLaw in Austria) have been presented and compared in the ''Legislative
XML Workshops'' held in Macolin (CH), Kobaek-Strand (DK),
Furore (IT) and Klagenfurt (AT). Now the time has come to
promote a common initiative aimed at proposing European standards
Our workshop continues the series of the legislative XML workshops,
and likewise aims at involving experts from all the European
countries and European institutions which are developing,
or aim to develop projects for standards in legislation.
As in the previous editions, the main focus of our workshop
is on the presentation, comparison and discussion of concrete
experiences and projects, especially those carried out by
public administrations, with the purpose of sharing knowledge
and best practices. For this purpose we shall organise the
comparison of the results obtained by marking the same legislative
text according to different national standards.
However, this workshop also has one further specific objective,
namely considering the European dimension, and proposing ideas
for a roadmap towards common and interoperable standards.
In particular this workshop is expecting to define a roadmap
leading to the submission of a project proposal on European
standards for legislation, to be submitted to the next call
of the program framework for EU-projects.