[Open-Legislation] Belgian initiative BeLaws

Nuno Moniz nunompmoniz at gmail.com
Sat Oct 22 23:09:53 UTC 2011


I'm from Portugal.
I'm currently developing something similar here.
All our legislation is in PDF's, so it's taking me a while (understatement)
to get it all out. But, anyway, I hope to have some of the past years
available in a few months with simple interface to go with it for the
One idea that I'm implementing and I can't know for sure, because I don't
understand either the languages, is an idea a friend from law gave me:
A lot of legislation here in Portugal, I don't know your cases, is
interlinked. As such: Law-Decree xx changes Law-Decree in the article xº
paragraph 1 line a).
An idea she gave was to be able to see the current (with updates from all
the changes) laws.
Don't know if it helps.

BeLaws: nice simple interface. Like it. And the lagen.nu idea of feedback
from the user community also.


Nuno Moniz.

2011/10/22 Peter Krantz <peter.krantz at gmail.com>

> 2011/10/22 Pieter Colpaert <pieter.colpaert at gmail.com>:
> >
> > As every Belgian should know the Belgian law by heart, we decided to
> create
> > an easier way to refresh your mind. We scraped all the laws and made a
> new
> > search interface for it. It is not perfect but it is already a huge
> > improvement of the official site.
> >
> > http://belaws.be
> >
> Cool! Similar situation in Sweden. The official website for laws
> doesn't even have a domain name:
> Staffan Malmgren has created a much better version over at
> https://lagen.nu/  (literal translation: "the law . now")
> One of the more interesting features of the community version are the
> comments added by lawyers, law students and citizens and the fact that
> it is part of the semantic web (check out the nifty permanent URL:s
> for laws, sections and paragraphs).
> An interesting aspect is that lagen.nu is increasingly being
> referenced in official documents from the government:-)
> The community version is also open source if I remember correctly.
> Regards,
> Peter Krantz
> http://www.opengov.se
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