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Artificial Legal Draftsman for Use in Sales

Objective

The aim of the ALDUS action was to make a study of the technical feasibility and marketing potential of an intelligent decision-support system for drawing up sales contracts.
The aim of the action was to make a study of the technical feasibility and marketing potential of an intelligent decision support system for drawing up sales contracts. 3 aspects were researched. Marketing aimed to identify types of potential end user, their numbers and their information technology (IT) budgets, to estimate the size and scope of the problems to be tackled (how many contracts, how many laws, etc) and hence to calculate the optimum size and cost of an envisaged product.
Functionality involved analyzing the preparation of a contract into its component tasks and functions, classifying and analyzing the relevant knowledge and legal sources, identifying the available IT tools and techniques, and establishing the relation of this project to other projects concerned with office automation and the standardization of document production. An estimate was made of the feasibility of a product, bearing in mind its development requirements, and of the specific risks and alternatives.
Operational problems as perceived by users were studied. Here a qualitative and quantitative study of end users was to assess their various requirements according to their operating environments, and to judge the types of toolsrequired to meet their needs.
ALDUS looked at three aspects:

- Marketing, aiming to identify types of potential end-user, their numbers and their IT budgets, to estimate the size and scope of the problems to be tackled - how many contracts, how many laws, etc - and hence to calculate the optimum size and cost of an envisaged product.

- Functionality, with the intention of analysing the preparation of a contract into its component tasks and functions, to classify and analyse the relevant knowledge and legal sources, to identify the available IT tools and techniques, and to establish the relation of this project to other projects concerned with office automation and the standardisation of document production, in particular to SUPERDOC (project 2170). An estimate will be made of the feasibility of a product, bearing in mind its development requirements, and of the specific risks and alternatives.

- Operational problems as perceived by users: here a qualitative and quantitative study of end users will be made, to determine the types of bottlenecks they experience, to assess their various requirements according to their operating environments, and to judge the types of tools required to meet their needs.

Coordinator

Machine Intelligence Ltd
Address
9 Greens Road
CB4 3EF Cambridge
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
Italy
Address
Via Panciatichi 56/16
50127 Firenze
HELLENIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Greece
Address
Kifissias Ave, 16
15125 Athenes
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Queens Gate 180
SW7 2BZ London
Società per la Didattica con l'Elaboratore Dida El Srl
Italy
Address
Via Lamarmora 3
20122 Milano
THE BABBAGE INSTITUTE FOR KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Belgium
Address
Plateaustraat 22
9000 Gent
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Muidergracht, 24
1018 TV Amsterdam
WOLTERS KLUWER
Netherlands
Address
Staverenstraat 15
7413 Deventer