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LEGAL INTEROPERABILITY LAB

  1. 1. LEGAL INTEROPERABILITY LAB ΒΥ DR. FOTIS FITSILIS WORKS @ HELLENIC PARLIAMENT LECTURES @ NATIONAL CENTRE FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTES @ HELLENIC OCR TEAM 10 NOVEMBER 2020
  2. 2. TOPICS • Motivation • Entities involved • Legal informatics • Interoperability dimension • The Lab • Conclusions and next steps
  3. 3. WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT? • Increasing systems and legal complexity • Cooperation across EU system • New standards and tools • Disruptive technologies • Established bureaucratic systems
  4. 4. HELLENIC PARLIAMENT • Supreme democratic institution • Legal data hub • Network of stakeholders • Base of heterogeneous systems • Interdisciplinary parliamentary personnel
  5. 5. NATIONAL SCHOOL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & LOCAL GOVERNMENT (ESDDA) • Part of EKDDA • Pandemic disrupted regular operation • On the lookout for innovative approaches • Already implements a set of action to promote interoperability of public services
  6. 6. HELLENIC OCR TEAM • Hellenic Parliament scientific spin-off • Crowdsourcing initiative • Processing & analysis of parliamentary data • Open source interoperability solutions • Entered EU’s transparency register • Acknowledged as joinup.eu solution + Est. 11111100001 +IPU, innovation tracker 3, 2019
  7. 7. HELLENIC OCR TEAM • Click on the image to see the team’s latest video on the COVID-19 pandemic
  8. 8. LEGAL INFORMATICS • On the rise • Reigns at the interface between Law and Information Science • Builds on a series of standards, vocabularies and ontologies • Non-standartized tools and methods • Open source vs. proprietary systems • What about a ‘killer app’? • The role of AI technologies + +
  9. 9. INTEROPERABILITY • EU ISA2 programme: “Interoperability solutions for public administrations, businesses & citizens” • European Interoperability Framework (EIF): “… improve the quality of European public services and create an environment where public administrations can collaborate digitally” • Evolution of Interoperability Academy: “advanc[ing] digital skills of civil servants in Interoperability layers Sources: https://ec.europa.eu/isa2/ https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/
  10. 10. TRANSFORMING THE PUBLIC SECTOR • Digital transformation • Goes hand in hand with BPR+ (Business Process Re-engineering) • Re-education of public administrators • What about the officials? Evolution or disruption? +Grover et al., 1995
  11. 11. THE LAB • Developed from scratch • Fully online (3 blocks x 4 hours) ≈ ½ ECTS credit • Manual available as e-book (in Greek) • End-to-end training • Digital laboratory vs. standard course • Full title: “Laboratory for legislative drafting and the processing of regulatory texts” Interoperability manual front page (Fitsilis, 2020)
  12. 12. IMPLEMENTATION • Theoretical and practical aspects of (legal) interoperability • Teaching blocks: 1. Ontologies & standards 2. Legal informatics in practice 3. Methodology of legislative drafting • Tool: LEOS - Legislation Editing Open Software (an ISA2 solution) • Goal: drafting of a Greek presidential decree (proedrikó diátagma)
  13. 13. TEACHING CHALLENGES • Technical language • Embedding in a wider framework • Conduct an online lab • Choice of the case study • Selection of the set of tools • Installation & parameterization • Proof of concept • Capture metrics and lessons learned • Offering diploma theses (0/3) • Missing institutional support
  14. 14. EVALUATION • Overall: 100% of users described LEOS as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ • User experience: 90% of users perceived tool handling as ‘good’ • Legislative drafting: 78% thinks LEOS can provide high added value to it • Tool configuration: mixed feelings…
  15. 15. …AND NOW? CONCLUSIONS • Interoperability lab successfully organized and conducted • LEOS interesting as authoring tool for public administrations • High entry barriers: open source and still in the development pipeline FOLLOW UP • Basis for development of linked interoperability labs and courses • Proof of concept for a wider pilot • Engage stakeholders and create a community
  16. 16. fitsilisf@parliament.gr https://fitsilis.gr See you in the field!

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