Analysing the wide world of law with algorithms
Lawyers are often seen as ‘bookworms’, who are not averse to combing through the literature. But searching through ten thousand court rulings for the one that is most relevant can be too much for even the hungriest bookworm. The pilot project Web of Laws is therefore working to develop tools that quickly filter the relevant rulings for lawyers—with FAIR data use and open science as important anchors.
Sitting in front of his floor-to-ceiling bookcases, you might think that Prof. Gijs van Dijck is a ‘traditional’ lawyer. But then you haven’t yet heard him talk about his work—the collaboration with knowledge engineers and other data specialists, with whom he wants to make the wide world of law accessible to as many people as possible—also to non-lawyers, or the “lawyers who chose this field for a reason” or, in other words, have little affinity for technology.
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Author: Femke Kools