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Visualizing Legal Systems for Information Retrieval

Visualizing Legal Systems for Information Retrieval
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Author(s): Virpi Lyytikainen (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland), Pasi Tiitinen (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland), Airi Salminen (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland), Laurent Mercier (Atos S. A., Belgium) and Jean-Luc Vidick (Atos S. A., Belgium)
Copyright: 2000
Pages: 5
Source title: Challenges of Information Technology Management in the 21st Century
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-84-1.ch024

Abstract

The need for legal information from foreign countries and the various levels of legislation in Europe is greater than ever before. Due to the increase in legal information repositories on the Internet this information is also widely available in digital form. In spite of this, users of European legal information encounter multitude of problems in information retrieval. The information is scattered in numerous databases where documents are structured, organized and classified in different ways. These differences are related to differences in legal systems. The retrieval and utilization of European legal documents entails knowledge of these legal systems. In the paper we introduce a method for supporting legal information retrieval by graphical data models showing the documents in the context of their legal system in the user interface. The visualization of the metadata is intended to help users of European legal information to cope with the complexity of the legal domain in Europe, to better understand the differences in legal systems, and to better locate information from correct sources. We also introduce an XML document type definition for specifying the metadata.

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