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European project for standardized transparent representations in order to extend legal accessibility

Objective

The primary business objective of the Estrella project is to develop and validate an open, standards-based platform allowing public administrations to develop and deploy comprehensive legal knowledge management solutions, without becoming dependent on proprietary products of particular vendors.

Estrella will support, in an integrated way, both legal document management and legal knowledge-based systems, to provide a complete solution for improving the quality and efficiency of the determinative processes of public administration requiring the application of complex legislation and other legal sources. Estrella will facilitate a market of interoperable components for legal knowledge-based systems, allowing public administrations and other users to freely choose among competing development environments, inference engines, and other tools.

The main technical objectives of the Estrella project are to develop a Legal Knowledge Interchange Format (LKIF), building upon emerging XML-based standards of the Semantic Web, including RDF and OWL, and Application Programmer Interfaces (APIs) for interacting with legal knowledge-based systems. To achieve and demonstrate vendor neutrality and independence, translators between the LKIF format and the existing proprietary formats of LKBS vendors participating in the project will be developed.

To demonstrate and validate the Estrella platform, European tax related legislation and national tax legislation of two European countries will be modelled and used in the pilot applications. The finance ministries or tax administrations of several other European countries will take part in an Observatory Board to ensure generality of the approach.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/taxation
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/expert systems
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet/semantic web
  • /social sciences/political science/public administration

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Address
Spui 21
Postbus 19268 Amsterdam
Netherlands

Participants (14)

ADO- ES PENZUGYI ELLENORZESI HIVATAL
Hungary
Address
V. Szechenyi U. 2
1054 Budapest
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
Address
Via Zamboni 33
Bologna
BUDAPESTI CORVINUS EGYETEM
Hungary
Address
Fovam Ter 8
Budapest
BUNDESMINISTERIUM DER FINANZEN
Germany
Address
Wilhelmstrasse 97
10117 Berlin
CONSORZIO PISA RICERCHE SCARL
Italy
Address
Corso Italia 116
Pisa
FRAUNHOFER IAF
Germany
Address
Tullastr. 72
79108 München
INTER.ACTION DESIGN LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
6-8 Underwood Street
N1 7JQ London
KNOWLEDGETOOLS INTERNATIONAL GMBH
Germany
Address
Wallstrasse 15
10179 Berlin
MINISTERO DELL'ECONOMIA E DELLE FINANZE
Italy
Address
Via Xx Settembre 97
00187 Roma
MINISTRO PER LE RIFORME E LE INNOVAZIONI NELLA PUBBLICA AMMINISTRAZIONE
Italy
Address
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 116
00186 Roma
RULEBURST (EUROPE) LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Kennet House 80 Kings Road
RG1 3BL Reading-berkshire
RULEWISE B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Winthontlaan 186
3526 KV Utrecht
SOGEI - SOCIETA GENERALE D'INFORMATICA S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Mario Carucci 99
00143 Roma
UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
Address
Brownlow Hill 765
L69 7ZX Liverpool