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An Ontology Driven Framework for Legal Software

Funding: 2005: $30,000
2006: $60,500
2007: $61,500
2008: $31,000

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Council of Law Reporting For New South Wales (Council of Law Reporting for NSW partnership fund)
nSynergy International Pty Ltd (nSynergy Pty. Ltd.)

Start year: 2006

Summary: Legal resources and documents are increasingly available in electronic form allowing previously impossible collaborative and searching techniques for legal practitioners. By adding extra semantic markup to legal resources and documents increased processing capabilities are enabled. These include the ability to search for resources based on there existing a conceptual link and the ability to integrate resources that use different terminology. This project will enable these capabilities via the development of a novel ontology driven framework for collaborative legal software. This will allow significant efficiency gains and cost savings in the $9.5 billion Australian legal services sector

Keywords: collaborative systems, legal information systems, workflow,

FOR Codes: Application packages, Information processing services, Information Systems not elsewhere classified, Information Processing Services (incl. Data Entry and Capture), Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services, Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems)