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Subject: [legalxml-comment] [Announcement] MetaLex: an Open XML Standard forLegal Sources

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MetaLex: an Open XML Standard for Legal Sources

In the context of the European E-Power project, the department of Computer Science & Law of the University of Amsterdam, together with Application Engineers, have developed a proposal for a standard for the description of legal documents in XML: MetaLex. MetaLex has been presented to several Dutch public administrations and legal publishers for comments. The proposal will also be brought into the European LeXML initiative.

MetaLex provides a generic and easily extensible framework for the XML encoding of the structure and contents of legal and paralegal documents. It differs from other existing metadata schemes for legal documents in two respects: it is language and jurisdiction independent and accommodates the use of XML beyond search and presentation services.

MetaLex facilitates:
- Accessibility of legislation: search, retrieval, presentation, [RH] multilingual aspects.
- Exchangeability of legislation: in between applications as well as in between other actors, even across borders.
- Quality aspects of legislation: by formalizing the legislation defects are detected in an early stage.
- Maintainability and extensibility of legislation

MetaLex is one of the first official results of the E-Power project.  E-Power is a project, sponsored by the EC, focusing on a methodological approach for formalizing different forms of legislation into UML models.  The methodology is supported by the E-Power toolset.  E-Power is a consortium of The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration, O&I Management Partners B.V., Librt B.V. and the University of Amsterdam from the Netherlands; Application Engineers Nv. and FB Insurance NV/SA from Belgium; and Mega International from France.

For more information please visit the MetaLex web-site at:

Rinke Hoekstra  rinke@lri.jur.uva.nl
Department of Computer Science & Law
University of Amsterdam, PO Box 1030
1000 BA  Amsterdam,  the Netherlands

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