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Public Review of OASIS Akoma Ntoso Version 1.0 Standard Announced

After two years of hard work, the OASIS LegalDocumentML (LegalDocML) Technical Committee is nearing the end of its formal standardization process for the Akoma Ntoso legislative data standard. As you may recall, Akoma Ntoso is an international parliamentary and legislative XML standard that enables the exchange of documents and data across legislative organizations. It was also the focus of the two Library of Congress Legislative Data Challenges last year.

OASIS has officially entered the public review process for the new Akomo Ntoso Version 1.0 Standard for Legislative Information draft documentation. The technical committee has released four draft specification documents for public review:

The public review process will remain open until June 5, 2015.  The committee welcomes all comments, especially those from potential users and developers. OASIS membership is not required to submit feedback or comments.

In anticipation of the upcoming release of the standard, the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, will host Summer School LEX 2015-US: Managing Legal Resources in the Semantic Web on  July 27-31, 2015 with the First International Akoma Ntoso Conference (IANC) to follow on August 1, 2015. With offerings frequently limited to Europe, the LEX Summer School will cover many aspects of Akoma Ntoso including an overview of the use of legal XML standards to improve the accessibility and interoperability of legal resources, drafting methods, ontologies, natural language techniques for knowledge extraction, and document lifecycle workflows. The conference is intended to “encourage practitioners, public employees, academics, researchers and activists to contribute and share their experiences in searching, evaluating, adopting, adapting, providing tools and training personnel in using Akoma Ntoso for legal, legislative and other types of documents.” Organizers are currently assembling calls for papers (CFPs) and speakers for the conference. We’ll post more information as materials become available online.

Making Legislative Information Accessible, Discoverable and Usable

The following is a guest post by Noriko Ohtaki, who was a research fellow at the Law Library of Congress.  She previously blogged about Searching for Current Japanese Laws and Regulations. G8 leaders signed the Open Data Charter on June 18, 2013.  Open Data is intended to make information resources accessible, discoverable, and usable electronically to the public, increase […]

Five Questions with Pamela Barnes Craig, Retiring Instruction/Reference Librarian for the Law Library of Congress

The following is a guest post from Pamela Barnes Craig, retiring Instruction/Reference Librarian in the Law Library of Congress.   It is cross posted on Teaching with the Library of Congress.   Describe what you do at the Library of Congress and the materials you work with. Pam Craig talks with teachers at the 2013 Summer Teacher […]

A New Akoma Ntoso Tool: the LIME Editor

Monica Palmirani, one of the judges of our Legislative Data Challenges, recently alerted us to a new tool developed by the University of Bologna: the LIME Editor. This open source, web-based editor allows for the quick conversion of non-structured legal documents into XML, including Akoma Ntoso XML. The tool combines a component-based JavaScript framework and […]

Jim Mangiafico and Garrett Schure Announced as Winners of the Second Library of Congress Legislative Data Challenge

After months of hard work, we are pleased to announce Jim Mangiafico and Garrett Schure as the winners of the Library of Congress Second Legislative Data Challenge, Legislative XML Data Mapping. As you may remember, we launched this challenge last fall with the goal of advancing the development of international exchange standards for legislative data and […]

The United States Code Online – Downloadable XML Files and More

The following is a guest post by Rob Sukol, Deputy Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1927, the United States Code has been the official codification of Federal statutory law. The Code contains the general and permanent laws of the United States, organized into titles based on subject matter. The printed and online […]

Second Library of Congress Legislative Data Challenge Launched

In July, the Library announced its first legislative data challenge. We are delighted to tell you about another Library of Congress legislative data challenge, Legislative XML Data Mapping. Like the first data challenge, this challenge incorporates the Akoma Ntoso legislative schema, but instead of asking competitors to apply the schema to bill text, we are […]