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Legal Ontology Engineering

Methodologies, Modelling Trends, and the Ontology of Professional Judicial Knowledge

Casellas, Núria

2011, XXII, 298 p.

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  • Latest trends in legal knowledge modelling
  • Offers an exhaustive revision of existing ontologies in the legal domain
  • Clarifies the underlying theoretical and methodological basis for the Legal Semantic Web

Enabling information interoperability, fostering legal knowledge usability and reuse, enhancing legal information search, in short, formalizing the complexity of  legal knowledge to enhance legal knowledge management are challenging tasks, for which different solutions and lines of research have been proposed.

During the last decade, research and applications based on the use of legal ontologies as a technique to represent legal knowledge has raised a very interesting debate about their capacity and limitations to represent conceptual structures in the legal domain. Making conceptual legal knowledge explicit would support the development of a web of legal knowledge, improve communication, create trust and enable and support open data, e-government and e-democracy activities. Moreover, this explicit knowledge is also relevant to the formalization of software agents and the shaping of virtual institutions and multi-agent systems or environments.

This book explores the use of ontologism in legal knowledge representation for semantically-enhanced legal knowledge systems or web-based applications. In it, current methodologies, tools and languages used for ontology development are revised, and the book includes an exhaustive revision of existing ontologies in the legal domain. The development of the Ontology of Professional Judicial Knowledge (OPJK) is presented as a case study.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » AI - AI and Law - Artificial Intelligence - Comparative Law - E-Administration - E-Courts - E-Governance - Judicial Knowledge - Lawful Interaction - Legal Databases - Legal Knowledge - Legal Knowledge Engineering - Legal Knowledge Representation - Legal Knowledge Systems - Legal Ontologies - Legal Semantic Web - Legal Semantics - Legal Support - Multilingual-Legal-Information-System - OPJK - Ontologies - Ontology - Ontology Design - Ontology Development - Ontology Modelling - Ontology of Professional Judicial Knowledge - Semantic Metadata - Semantic Web - Semantically-enhanced - Social Ontology - Thesaurus

Related subjects » Information Systems and Applications - Law - Value Theory

Table of contents 

1 Introduction.- 2 On Ontologies.- 3 Methodologies, Tools and Languages for Ontology Design.- 4 Legal Ontologies.- 5 Modelling Judicial Professional Knowledge: A Case Study.- 6 Some Final Remarks and Issues for Discussion.- References.- Index.

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