[Open-Legislation] Belgian initiative BeLaws

Pieter Colpaert pieter.colpaert at gmail.com
Sun Oct 23 12:16:13 UTC 2011

Hi Nuno and Peter,

Thanks for your replies!

I think it would be a very good idea to share some effort here! I'm new to the mailinglist so I have no idea of previous efforts to work together. Can we start some kind of a portal page for laws concerning European countries? How about a standard for creating a general API?

Reusing the okfn annotator seems like an interesting idea for a front-end btw:

@Nuno: about this law changes this law-decree, we also have this. We have not solved this problem so far.

Kind regards,


Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 00:09:53 +0100
From: Nuno Moniz<nunompmoniz at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Open-Legislation] Belgian initiative BeLaws
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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 x?
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.

iRail vzw/asbl

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