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European Programme for an Ontology based Working Environment for Regulations and legislation


Many enterprises and citizens have difficulties in dealing with the ever-growing magnitude and complexity of (inter-) national rules and regulations. The business solution that will be developed in the E-POWER project will result in components designed for solving knowledge exchange between governments, citizens and enterprises. The proposed solutions will improve the quality and know ability of regulations, improve the access of public information, decrease the "time to market" for implementing new regulations, and aid in harmonisation of laws and regulations within the Community.

E-POWER will implement a knowledge management solution by providing a method and tools that help to improve the quality of legislation whilst facilitating the enforcement of law. Both method and tools will decrease the time to market for new/changed legislation and facilitate the maintenance of legislation and improving the access to the governmental body of knowledge by offering new E-services. Furthermore the use of this method and tools will result in a more efficient us of scarce knowledge resources. The E-POWER project will result in transparency of pension arrangements for the (future) elderly citizens. The project will offer tools that help with the harmonisation of pension regulations. By providing easy access (using the Internet) to vital information the project will contribute to the social inclusion of citizens. E-POWER will consequently improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public administrations and contribute to the completion of the internal market.

The core of the E-POWER project is the method for translating legislation into executable (formal) specifications. Tools will be developed to do most of the translation of legislation automatically. Therefore translation patterns are applied and reused whenever possible. Thus the method ensures the achievement of the objectives such as reducing the time to market. The POWER-method will be used to develop decision support and information systems (DSSs) for pension regulations of two different EC countries. The development of these systems is carried out under the responsibilities of end-users in both countries, one public administration and one major financial and insurance company. Development and testing the formal descriptions (of the legal domain) and DSSs is supported by modelling and verification tools. General versions of these tools are input for the project, but they will be adapted in the first project phase to handle and produce E-POWER formal descriptions. In the second phase, the functionality of the tools will be expanded. These tools will be developed as separate deliverables and integrated in the E-POWER Suite. During the entire project, development will be guided by end-user evaluation (also by those in the User Platform to be established in the first project-phase). The composition of the consortium presents a balance between commercial and governmental parties, tool suppliers and end users. By working on pension regulations from different countries we will be able to highlight obstacles that hinder the harmonisation of pension regulations.


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