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Subject: Akoma Ntoso V1.0 OASIS Standard published

OASIS Members and other interested stakeholders,

OASIS is pleased to announce the publication of its newest OASIS Standard, approved by the members on 28 August 2018:

Akoma Ntoso Version 1.0. Part 1: XML Vocabulary
OASIS Standard
29 August 2018

Akoma Ntoso means "linked hearts" in the Akan language of West Africa where the original work was done. 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 provides a detailed data dictionary for the standard.

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.

For more information, see the TC's web page at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/legaldocml/.


The prose specifications and related files are available here:

- Part 1: XML Vocabulary

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- Part 2: Specifications

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Distribution ZIP files

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:


Our congratulations to the members of the LegalDocML TC on achieving this milestone.



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