Paperless Law and Paperless Legal Practice. Learning from the bean counters. #reinventlaw Silicon Valley 2013 Sean McGrath, CTO http://www.propylon.com @propylonsean firstname.lastname@example.org
Propylon Overview #1/3 Legal and Regulatory Products & Services Company Founded 2001. Approx 70 staff (Lawrence, KS + Dublin, Ireland) LWB - end-to-end IT Systems for Legislatures and Parliaments: – Legislatures of Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, North Dakota – Parliaments of Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland – +2 in 2013 2
Propylon Overview #3/3 ActiveArc: OAIS Compliant Digital Records Management for Digital Authenticity of “born digital” assets such as laws, regulations, ordinances etc. UELMA - Uniform Law Commission Model Law “Big Data” Analytics for policy formation and operational efficiency KEEP - Kansas Electronic Enterprise Preservation
Sean McGrath - Background Trinity College Computer Science, 1987 Co-founder of Propylon 25+ years of Legal and Regulatory IT experience Consulted for ThomsonWest, LexisNexis, United Nations, UK Parliament, Irish Government... SGML maven/advocate since 1986 W3C Invited Expert to XML Working Group 3 books on markup languages for Prentice Hall (Dr. Charles F. Goldfarb Series on Open Information Management)
Common technology thread Corpus-wide point-in-time model for digital data Time is key to authenticity, analytics and paperless-ness and key to 21st Century Legal Content Management Some key concepts we need to adopt from the world of accounting into the world of law Ledgers and Audit Trail Roll-up reporting as auto-generated outputs P+L is a report. What is a Statute?
Big Data -> Temporal Data It is economically silly to throw “old” digital stuff away - we are throwing out both the provenance and the insight and perpetuating paper Relational Data Model considered bad We need to revisit the concept of a “backup” in the age of cloud/big data
21st Century Legal Corpora Corpus-based not document-based content architectures not relational not document-by-document versioning Contemporaneous hyper-linking/cites Tamper evident provenance via corpus audit trails Truly permanent URLs Distributed time-based corpora “nodes”
21st Century Legal Corpora Web Native Media Neutral Point-In-Time Access Audit-Trail/Provenance-based Distributed based on time-ware nodes Truly permanent URLs Paciolis ledgers concept holds the key.