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CodeX Speaker Series: Monica Palmirani, Professor of Legal Informatics at the University of Bologna - CIRSFID


November 11, 2009 12:45pm - 1:45pm

Room 90
Stanford Law School, Room 90

This event is free and open to the public; registration required. Sponsored by CodeX: Stanford Center for Computers and Law, part of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology

Registration is now closed.

The White House, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) recently revolutionized public access to Government information.

The GPO converted the text of the Federal Register into XML (extensible markup language) and placed it online on numerous Federal Government portals. XML is a form of text that can be manipulated in almost unlimited ways by digital applications, providing not only transparency to Government, but also providing citizens direct access to a permanent repository of authentic Federal Government information, paving the way for consumers, rather than Government officials, to determine how to access critical information.

The same process has been taking place in other legal systems around the world, in particular in the European Union, where a similar XML format, for the similar government information, has been recently standardized.

Professor Monica Palmirani is a leading authority in this field, having contributed to the definition of the EU XML standard language, and the analogous standards for African and Latin American governments. She will share her thoughts on some of the world's important initiatives in opening government information to innovative applications, and the possibilities and challenges that arise using current approaches to making legal information available and manageable in digital formats.

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