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ReinventLaw Silicon Valley 2013

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ReinventLaw Silicon Valley 2013

  1. 1. Paperless Law and Paperless Legal Practice. Learning from the bean counters. #reinventlaw Silicon Valley 2013 Sean McGrath, CTO http://www.propylon.com @propylonsean sean.mcgrath@propylon.com
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Propylon Overview #2/3 TimeArc - Governance, Risk, Compliance:  Point-in-time Legal & Regulatory solutions  Target Markets: • Legal Research, litigation support • Operational and strategic insight • Auditors/Corporate Counsel  Chief Risk Officers  Governors, Legislators, Chiefs of Staff, state/federal agency heads
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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)
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. LWB - Legislation Amendment
  8. 8. LWB Auto Generated Outputs
  9. 9. TimeArc Example
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  15. 15. Ledgers - Luca Pacioli  Audit Trails  Audit Trail -> Provenance -> Authenticity  Audit Trail -> History -> Regression Models/Prediction  Audit Trail -> Confidence -> Paperless-ness
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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”
  18. 18. 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.

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