[Open-Legislation] Hello list and questions re. European datasets

Daniel Dietrich daniel.dietrich at okfn.org
Thu Feb 10 12:09:15 UTC 2011

Hi all,

great to have you here Philipp!

On 10.02.2011, at 12:43, Friedrich Lindenberg wrote:

> Hi Philipp,
> fantastic of you to join this list, LATC has long been a group that
> I've wanted to include into this effort!
> On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM, Philipp Frischmuth
> <frischmuth at informatik.uni-leipzig.de> wrote:
>> I would like to introduce myself to this list. I'm a researcher at the AKSW [1] working group at Universität Leipzig. AKSW is involved in the LATC support action [2] and one of the tasks in this project is to publish legal datasets by European institutions as Linked Data as well as to interlink them with other datasets.
> Acquiring those datasets in a clean form is definetly something that I
> know many people on this list are keen to do (myself included). I'm
> therefore wondering whether it would be feasible to set this up in a
> two-stage process where we cooperate on the first part (scraping or
> downloading the data, re-structuring items where necessary), while you
> can then much more easily model the retrieved data in RDF (while we go
> off to do other things with the output).
>> - N-LEX (A common gateway to national law) [3]
>> - Euro-LEX (Access to European Union law) [4]
>> - Taxation & Customs Union [5]
>> - European Patent Office [6]
>> - National Legal and Legislative Resources published as CEN Metalex [7]
> I think this is an excellent list to which I would only add PRE-Lex to
> this master set (which is already scraped, as you mention), and, I
> think IPEX for procedural info.
> What do others think?

I am just wondering if there might be an other way to get the data without scraping e.g. asking / FOI'ing - sorry if this is completely naive? 

I also wonder if Marc De Vries already joint this list? @Marc, if not please do so. I guess your experience and expertise with EU Law would be appreciated.


Daniel Dietrich

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