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Basic Module

Program Edition LEX2012

BASIC MODULE 10h-11h September

Date Teacher Title and Content description
10th Sept. Chairman: Palmirani Introductive overview of XML – BASIC MODULE




Title: Legal sources on the web: rationale, benefits, principles, methodologies and tools

Abstract: Introduction to XML in legal informatics, in particular about the legal sources on-line. Some examples of concrete benefits in the legal sector should be presented.

Lecture Session

Snapshot of demos – proof the concept

10.45-11.15 Coffee Break
11.00-13.00 Vitali Title: XML tutorial: electronic management of documents

Abstract: The purpose of this section is to introduce the principal aspects of electronic management of documents:

  • What we actually mean by documents (the FRBR hierarchy)
  • What are the components of documents
  • What do we mean by data and metadata about documents

Lecture Session

13.00-14.15 Lunch
14.30-15.30 Vitali Title: XML tutorial: Markup languages and web technologies

Presentation of the main concepts of markup languages, XML characteristics, technical issues.

Abstract: The purpose of this section is to introduce some technologies related to electronic management of documents

  • XML
  • DTDs
  • XML Schema
  • XSLT

all somehow connected and related to parliamentary documents and other types of documents.

Lecture Session

15.30-16.00 Coffee
16.00-18.00 Palmirani-Cervone


Practical Section

Analysis of a simple legal text.

A practical project is assigned to groups. How to mark up legislative document.

Practical: Tagging the structure of a legislative Act

The aim of this practical section is to tag a legislative Act structure and normative references in Akoma Ntoso.

Date Teacher Title and Content description
11th Sept. Chairman: Vitali Introductive overview of URI, RDF and OWL – BASIC MODULE
9.00-10.00 Francesconi, Spinosa Title: Naming legislative resource

Abstract: In this talk an overview of the motivations as well as the technical aspects dealing with unequivocal, persistent, location-independent identifiers for legal materials on the Web will be presented. In particular a possible implementation using the URN technique will be shown. Similarly examples of tools and services able to implement such a standard will be presented.

Benefits related to the adoption of this standard will be illustrated.

Lecture Session

10.00- 10. 45 Francesconi Title: RDF and Semantic Mark-up of Legislative Texts

Abstract: This section will provide an introduction to RDF semantic Web standard, in particular with examples to illustrate the expressivity power of RDF. A case-study of using RDF in the legal domain will be illustrated: starting from a semantic model of legislation able to describe legal provisions, a possible technique for RDF semantic annotation of legislative texts will be shown.

Examples will be distributed to the classroom and commented with the students. The students should be able to understand the theory and the methodology, as well as to apply it to concrete cases.

Lecture Session

10.45-11.15 Coffee Break
11.00-13.00 Aldo Gangemi Title: Semantic Web Ontologies: OWL, Linked Data, and Basic Design Patterns

Abstract: A quick overview of the features of semantic web languages and semantic data linking will be presented.

The students are asked to read introductory material in advance for best results from this session.

The lecture will use a web browser and an ontology editor to introduce the language constructs and some data.

Lecture Session

13.00-14.15 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Aldo Gangemi

Gioele Barabucci

Hands-on linguistic ontologies and design patterns

Title: Hands-on Basic Ontology Design.

Abstract: This is a hands-on session in creating and publishing an ontology for a specific task in the legal domain. RDF, OWL, and design principles will be applied here. The students will use the NeOn Toolkit ontology editor with some of its plugins, please download it from:, choose your preferred platform, and add the following additional features: KC-Viz, OWLDoc, RaDON, Reasoner, SPARQL, Watson, XDTools.

Practical Session

16.00-18.00 Welcome form the authorities

Mayor of Ravenna City

Fondazione Flaminia

Provincia di Ravenna

Tribunale di Ravenna

Ordine degli Avvocati di Ravenna

Camera di Commercio di Ravenna

EUI representative

CIRSFID representative

ITTIG representative

18.00-20.00 Welcome Cocktail