Solution: ELI Ontology

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Name of the solution: ELI Ontology

Solution's owner: Publications Office, Europe

Description: The European Legislation Identifier (ELI) is a framework to make legislation metadata available online in a standardised format, so that it can be accessed, exchanged and reused across borders. For general information about ELI (governance, tools and news), and the implementation status of ELI by various stakeholders (in particular, the way ELI is implemented by the Office of Publications on Eur- Lex), please consult the ELI Register on Eur-Lex.

Type of solution: Legal Interoperability tool

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ELI ontology implements the following:

Principles Interoperability layers Conceptual model
Openness Interoperability governance ✅ Open data
  ✅ Technical Interoperability  
  ✅ Semantic interoperability  


ELI ontology implements the following recommendations as explained below:

✅ Recommendation 4  | Principle 2: Openness
ELI gives preference to open standards by building on standard semantic web technologies (RDF, OWL) and vocabularies (FRBR, SKOS, Dublin Core).

✅ Recommendation 21  | Interoperability Layer: Interoperability governance
The ELI is system that aims to make legislation available online in a standardised format, irrespective of the owner of the data. Hence, by using ELI, data owners are able to check compliance and ensure interoperability of their legal texts.

✅ Recommendation 32  | Interoperability layer: Semantic interoperability
ELI gives preference to open standards by building on standard semantic web technologies (RDF, OWL) and vocabularies (FRBR, SKOS, Dublin Core).

✅ Recommendation 33  | Interoperability layer: Technical interoperability
The ELI includes technical specifications on metadata specifying how to describe legal information and a specific language for exchanging legislation in machine-readable formats. 

✅ Recommendation 42  | Conceptual model: Open data
The ELI includes technical specifications on metadata specifying how to describe legal information and a specific language to allow semantic interoperability between EU and Member States description of the legislation.

 

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