[Open-Legislation] Fwd: [Fal] Vol. 1 No. 1 of JOAL is out now!

JOSEFSSON Erik erik.josefsson at europarl.europa.eu
Fri Dec 27 19:11:14 UTC 2013

Thanks Clemens!

I'm tracking legislation with Parltack. The decision making process itself defines my work (as described below). It's really not complicated.

Regarding case law, I must admit that I don't have bandwidth to read as much as I want to, but maybe I can share an inspiring quote from the AG in Council v Access Case C‑280/11 P:

63. 'Legislating' is, by definition, a law-making activity that in a democratic society can only occur through the use of a procedure that is public in nature and, in that sense, 'transparent'. Otherwise, it would not be possible to ascribe to 'law' the virtue of being the expression of the will of those that must obey it, which is the very foundation of its legitimacy as an indisputable edict. In a representative democracy, and this term must apply to the EU, it must be possible for citizens to find out about the legislative procedure, since if this were not so, citizens would be unable to hold their representatives politically accountable, as they must be by virtue of their electoral mandate.

When it comes to politics, I'd say every tiny step matters. That's why I'd like to ask again for your help to get Schulz to commission that legal study on Rule 103 and its bearing on ICT (which in this context implies Open Data) which the EP has asked for twice. Just remind him.

Here's my tweet about it: https://twitter.com/erikjosefsson/status/414423505178882048

And the long mail: https://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/mydata-open-data/2013-December/000193.html

Best regards.


From: Clemens Wass [clemens at wass.at]
Sent: Thursday 26 December 2013 14:47
To: JOSEFSSON Erik; open-legislation
Subject: Re: [Open-Legislation] Fwd: [Fal] Vol. 1 No. 1 of JOAL is out now!

Dear Erik!

Thank you for your post! I guess it would be really interesting for everybody on the list to get some updates about what is going on in the European Parliament with respect to legislation, case law and open data, also from a political point of view. Would be great if you could share some more information with us!


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2013/12/25 JOSEFSSON Erik <erik.josefsson at europarl.europa.eu<mailto:erik.josefsson at europarl.europa.eu>>
Hi Enric!

Sounds like you are already looking at Catmandu<http://librecat.org/tutorial/>?

In EPFSUG<http://epfsug.eu> we've been talking extensively about creating tools in Debian<https://wiki.debian.org/DebianParl> for us who work in the EP to write "better" legislation and come up with more transparent compromises with Voight-Kampff assisted voting lists :-)

Datamining of the outcome of the legislative process is good, but maybe the internal workings of the European Parliament could be of interest too?

I take the opportunity to share with you how simple it is (sometimes). This particular example concerns an "Own Initiative Report" (INI-report), i.e. a non binding resolution on a subject of interest to the EP.

So here's how you fix an INI-report you don't like:

    1) put it on a wikipage
    2) edit it to your liking
    3) make a nice wikidiff and
    4) table the diffs as amendments with your local MEP

Here's the INI-Report in wikiformat: http://euwiki.org/w/index.php?title=INI/2013/2114&direction=next&oldid=16524

Here's the wikidiff: http://euwiki.org/w/index.php?title=INI%2F2013%2F2114&diff=16557&oldid=16556

Here are the resulting amendments (plus amendments tabled by others than your local MEP): http://parltrack.euwiki.org/dossier/2013/2114%28INI%29#ams

As you can see, the whole wikidiff is almost completely represented as individual amendments.

For this INI-report, the Rapporteur is currently working on compromise amendments (AMCs). After those are reached, the committee secretariat will make a voting list (vote on this report in JURI has been postponed to January, later it will be voted in Plenary).

In one committee tradition, component amendments in compromises are deemed withdrawn, and you don't vote on them if the compromise is rejected. In another tradition, you vote on component amendments even if the compromise amendment is rejected. Here's an example:

    AM24 = Blue cups is the preferred option.
    AM27 = Plates should be green, where applicable.
    AM38 = Red bowls everywhere!

As you know, a balanced blend of RBG is actually white (see http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/light/u12l2d.cfm ) which makes the following a true compromise:

    AMC1 (covering AMs 24, 27 and 38)
    White porcelain is appropriate for a variety of settings.

If AMC1 would be rejected, some committees vote on amendments 24, 27 and 38, others don't.

As you know from stef, you can see all dossiers processed in the EP here:


and subscribe to your favourite file,get email notifications etc etc.

I would really like to talk more about this on the next conference:

    Europarl Hackathon for the European Elections 2014

Best regards.


P.S: In the EP, "to table an amendment" means to "to file" or "to register" an amendment

Erik Josefsson
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From: open-legislation [open-legislation-bounces at lists.okfn.org<mailto:open-legislation-bounces at lists.okfn.org>] on behalf of Enric Garcia Torrents [enricgarcia at uoc.edu<mailto:enricgarcia at uoc.edu>]
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Subject: [Open-Legislation] Fwd: [Fal] Vol. 1 No. 1 of JOAL is out now!

Dear all,

just letting you know that this month was published the first number of a "Journal of Open Access to Law", a new journal from Cornell University Legal Informatics Institute:


Also, I am pleased to share with you a forthcoming paper, to be published in the second number of the aforementioned journal, on the use of Open Linked Data standards:

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2371795 or http://hdl.handle.net/10609/26261
(working draft, we will love to receive feedback)

The paper presents the Open Science Data Cloud project, Neocodex, a collaboration between researchers and professors from Stanford Law School and other institutions to develop open source technology for integrating, analyzing and making available information from all international courts and national jurisdictions in open linked data standards, including the automated processing, analysis and visualization of social networks (neutrals, litigants, and other entities), semantic networks (citations, case-law contents, legal knowledge) and publication of corpus collections with added metadata:


It would be great if we could create synergies with this Working Group. In any case, we are completely open and looking forward to establish new partnerships with interested organizations and individuals.

Happy holidays, and my best wishes for 2014!

Enric G. Torrents
Email: e.g.cn at ieee.org<mailto:e.g.cn at ieee.org>
Tel.: +8613122141470<tel:%2B8613122141470>
Skype: torrents.enric

--- Missatge original de Pompeu Casanovas <pompeucasanovas at gmail.com<mailto:pompeucasanovas at gmail.com>> per a Enric Garcia Torrents (enricgarcia at uoc.edu<mailto:enricgarcia at uoc.edu>) enviat el 18.12.2013 18:40

Dear friends,

we are happy to inform you that the first issue Vol. 1 No. 1 2013 of JOAL - Journal of Open Access to law has been published.  Please share the news!

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