Openlaws.Eu: Synthesis Report

Shenja van der Graaf, Chris Marsden, Antonella Passani, Paolo Dini
2016 Zenodo  
This report provides an initial summary of the legal open data stakeholder mapping at EU level and in the UK and The Netherlands. The case studies relied on a Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) framework in order to identify the key components of the problem and provide the key specifications for the system that is being built, as well as on a combination of desk research, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. • Although European legal information may not be as widely reused and repurposed as US
more » ... deral law, it is nevertheless a best-of-breed example for the Member States to emulate where possible. • It may be argued that UK legal data is generally open to reuse and access with the exception of case law restrictions – where a virtuous open data circle has been hampered by legacies of closed copyright in the gift of individual judges and in practice their clerks, which remains unreformed. This led to restrictively licensed underfunded systems belonging to legal educational charities BAILII and ICLR. Reforms to case law release and funding would enable the UK to be seen as a 'best of breed' open legal data example. • For The Netherlands, it is clear that there are forces challenging the status quo of the current legal information market. Netherlands is a pioneer in the open (legal) data movement, enjoys a solid network of universities for a country its size, has a long-standing history of embracing professional publishing houses (e.g. Kluwer, Elsevier) who have started developing new business models, and has generally sophisticated users who are keen to experiment with new models (e.g. digital library licensing etc). Cable broadband and uptake of 4G mobile technology has vastly contributed to the digitalization of legal information. Dutch government has played a fundamental role opening up legal resources in the early days of the Internet and is today committed to the implementation of Open Access policies, especially for publicly-funded research. Further, it also supports Open Data policies for legal information. [...]
doi:10.5281/zenodo.158982 fatcat:xpiw3mypybfh7mcxnkpm4vyvgy