Judge JudAI ? — pattern recognition, law and the semantic web

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Law and the Semantic Web

Joel Alleyne  slaw.ca

“One of the things that surprised me when I started working with law firms is that most firms and most tech people ask one question repeatedly that seems to stifle innovation and the development of new concepts and ideas. When presented with something new, most ask: “which other law firm is doing this?’ While this makes some sense and provides a way of weeding out wacky ideas with no traction, it also limits innovation and creativity. What about ideas emanating from other professional service firms? Other service firms? From industry in general?

“Take for example the semantic web:

    “… a project that intends to create a universal medium for information exchange by putting documents with computer-processable meaning (semantics) on the World Wide Web

    “… an evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which web content can be expressed not only in natural language, but also in a form that can be understood, interpreted and used by software agents, thus permitting them to find, share and integrate information more easily”

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” …I would also like to introduce you to … Law and The Semantic Web …  the editors assemble[d] a number of primary research papers dealing with legal ontologies, methodologies, legal information retrieval, and applications.

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“The book provides leading edge thinking on the application of semantic web frameworks to the legal domain.

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“… a colleague and collaborator, makes the point that we are waiting for artificial intelligence to automate the tagging and classification of these documents – given the volume of documents most firms and individuals are dealing with, manual tagging of content is a losing battle.”  (full article)

Image credit:  Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece (Cambridge, 1998) page 130. London, British Museum E 190

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Newcomb’s commentary: “I shall not rest until every German sees that it is a shameful thing to be a lawyer.” Adolph Hitler

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