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Subject: 60-day Public Review for Akoma Ntoso V1.0 COS01 - ends August 12th

Members of OASIS and other interested parties, 

Members of the OASIS LegalDocumentML(LegalDocML) TC [1] have recently approved a Special Majority Ballot [2] to advance Akoma Ntoso Version 1.0 as a Candidate OASIS Standard (COS). The COS now enters a 60-day public review period in preparation for a member ballot to consider its approval as an OASIS Standard.

Akoma Ntoso means “linked hearts” in the Akan language of West Africa. For legal publishers and makers of legal information systems, Akoma Ntoso provides a framework for creating “machine readable” parliamentary, legislative and judiciary documents such as legislation, debate records, minutes, judgments, etc. In doing so, it helps build a strong foundation for "open access” to government information.

The specification is in two parts: 

Part 1: XML Vocabulary presents the main motivations, design principles, and benefits of the Akoma Ntoso vocabulary and approach. The document is non-normative material that presents the main pillars of Akoma Ntoso to the stakeholders that need to make decisions about how to manage legal sources in a digital manner in a Semantic Web society.

Part 2: Specifications documents the Akoma Ntoso XSD and DTD standard, including the graphic representation using Oxygen library.

Akoma Ntoso received 8 Statements of Use from the Parliamentary Counsel Office of the Scottish Government, the Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile, Xcential Corporation, Aubay s.a., the ICT Conception and Development Unit of the Directorate General of Innovation and Technological Support of the European Parliament, Information Systems Development of the Italian Senate, The Meeting Programming and Documentation Service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and CIRSFID, University of Bologna. [3]. 

The COS is available here: 

Akoma Ntoso Version 1.0
Candidate OASIS Standard 01
08 May 2018

- Part 1: XML Vocabulary

HTML (Authoritative): 

Editable source: 


- Part 2: Specifications

HTML (Authoritative): 


XML schemas: 

XML examples: 

ZIP distribution file (complete):

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose specification and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:


The 60-day public review starts 14 June 2018 at 00:00 UTC and ends 12 August 2018 at 23:59 UTC.

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

Additional information about the specification and the LegalDocML TC may be found at the TC's public homepage:


Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility as explained in the instructions located via the button labeled "Send A Comment" at the top of the TC public home page, or directly at:


Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of “Akoma Ntoso Version 1.0,” we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [4] applicable especially [5] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. 

OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.


[1] OASIS LegalDocumentML(LegalDocML) TC

[2] Special Majority Vote: 

[3] Statements of Use: 

Parliamentary Counsel Office of the Scottish Government: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/63011/8.AKN%20letter.pdf

Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/63010

XCential Corporation: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/62423/statementOfUse.zip

Aubay s.a.: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/62423/statementOfUse.zip

The ICT Conception and Development Unit of the Directorate General of Innovation and Technological Support of the European Parliament: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/62423/statementOfUse.zip

Information Systems Development of the Italian Senate:https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/62423/statementOfUse.zip

The Meeting Programming and Documentation Service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/62423/statementOfUse.zip

CIRSFID, University of Bologna: https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/62423/statementOfUse.zip

[4] http://www.oasis-open.org/policies-guidelines/ipr

[5] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/legaldocml/ipr.php
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