More than Wyshful Thinking: AustLII's Legal Inferencing Via the World Wide Web

International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL), 1997

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Graham Greenleaf

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Andrew Mowbray

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Geoffrey King

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Simon Cant

Independent

Philip Chung

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 1, 1997

Abstract

The World Wide Web presents new challenges for the development of legal inferencing systems. This project starts by implementing via the web the inferencing component of the previous ‘DataLex’ research, through the wysh interface. This provides one solution to the problem of maintaining state in web interactions, while only requiring standard HTML and CGI facilities. Wysh knowledge bases can interact with other wysh knowledge bases located anywhere on the web, creating opportunities for new forms of ‘cooperative’ knowledge base development. Automated and customized means of linking knowledge bases and inferencing dialogues to a large dynamic ‘real world’ legal information system (the Australasian Legal Information Institute) are provided, giving one means of overcoming the ‘knowledge base lag’. The project’s development tools are available to any legal knowledge base developer via the web.

This was the first paper to explain Austlii's approach to implementing rule-based reasoning systems in the context of free access to law legal information institutes.

Keywords: DataLex, AustLII, inferencing, wysh, knowelgebases, rule-based reasoning, legal information institutes

Suggested Citation

Greenleaf, Graham and Mowbray, Andrew and King, Geoffrey and Cant, Simon and Chung, Philip, More than Wyshful Thinking: AustLII's Legal Inferencing Via the World Wide Web (July 1, 1997). International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL), 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2187250 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2187250

Graham Greenleaf (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia
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HOME PAGE: http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham

Andrew Mowbray

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

Geoffrey King

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

Simon Cant

Independent ( email )

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Philip Chung

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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