Special Issue on The Semantic Web for the Legal Domain - Guest Editors’ Editorial: The Next Step
Semantic Web Journal Volume 7, Number 3 (2016): 213-227
13 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2016
Date Written: March 15, 2016
Ontology-driven systems with reasoning capabilities in the legal field are now better understood. Legal concepts are not discrete, but make up a dynamic continuum between common sense terms, specific technical use, and professional knowledge, in an evolving institutional reality. Thus, the tension between a plural understanding of regulations and a more general understanding of law is bringing into view a new landscape in which general legal frameworks — grounded in well-known legal theories stemming from 20th-century c. legal positivism or sociological jurisprudence — is made compatible with specific forms of rights management on the Web. In this sense, Semantic Web tools are not only being designed for information retrieval, classification, clustering, and knowledge management. They can also be understood as regulatory tools, i.e. as components of the contemporary legal architecture, to be used by multiple stakeholders — front-line practitioners, policy-makers, legal drafters, companies, market agents, and citizens. That is the issue broadly addressed in this Special Issue on the Semantic Web for the Legal Domain, over-viewing the work carried out over the last fifteen years, and seeking to foster new research in this field, beyond the state of the art.
Keywords: Semantic Web for the Legal Domain, Ontologies, Linked Data, Semantic Web and its applications, Regulations, Rights
JEL Classification: D83, G18, H11, K10, K19, O30, O31, O31, O32, O34, O38
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