We are organizing a series of follow-up events of the ENDORSE conference: presentations, trainings and webinars that will occur on a quarterly basis.
Location, date and time
Location: Online webinar Date: 19 October 2022 Time: 10.00-12.00 CET
John Dann (Director of the Official Journal of Luxembourg, Ministry of State, Luxembourg)
Jean Delahousse (Semantic web and knowledge graph consultant, ELI Taskforce expert)
María Represa Martín (Deputy director of the Documentation Department, Official State Gazette National Agency, Spain)
Thomas Francart (Knowledge engineering consultant, ELI Taskforce technical expert)
Christie Damnet (Data and process analyst), Laura Liudvinavičiūtė (ICT application officer) (European Parliament)
Documents and media
Nowadays legislation is widely available online and accessible in various digital formats. However, the way in which legal information is organised, varies across the different legal systems of EU Member States, a fact that tends to hinder the discovery, exchange and reuse of this information.
The European Legislation Identifier (ELI) is a solution which aims to address this issue by providing a way to uniquely identify national and EU legislation online.
Born in the framework of the Forum of Official Gazettes, the ELI project was officially endorsed by the Council of the European Union. The ELI initiative is being driven forward by a group of EU Member States together with the Publications Office of the EU. A dedicated Taskforce, chaired by Luxembourg, shares expertise and helps EU Member States implement the new identifier.
The webinar will start with an introduction by John Dann, Director of the Official Journal of Luxembourg at the Ministry of State in charge of publishing and disseminating Luxembourg‘s legislation through the legilux.public.lu portal. He is the founding father of the standard “European Legislation Identifier” (ELI), chair of the “ELI Taskforce” of the Council of the EU and will present how the project started, the aim it addresses and provide a brief introduction of the different elements of ELI, as well as the use case for Luxembourg.
Jean Delahousse, semantic web and knowledge graph consultant and ELI Taskforce expert will highlight the details of the ELI project, in particular the open ontology/data model for Official Gazettes exposing descriptions of official legislation, as a backbone to build a coordinated and interoperable Europe in the legal domain.
María Represa Martín, deputy director of the Documentation Department, Official State Gazette National Agency in Spain, will present the use case of ELI for Spain. Spain has been assigning ELIs to its regulations since 2018. In a decentralized country, this implementation has not been limited to the national level, but rather it has reached the regional and even local level. An experience that has made it possible to lay the foundations for interconnecting a great heterogeneity of legal information systems, through the implementation of a unique URI template, a set of minimum common metadata and controlled vocabulary tables. A use case that speaks about challenges, interconnection, interoperability and a lot of coordination.
Thomas Francart, knowledge engineering consultant and ELI Taskforce technical expert, will present ELI-DL and will provide a walkthrough of the ELI and ELI-DL model to describe legal Documents and Activities.
Christie Damnet, Data and process analyst, and Laura Liudvinavičiūtė, ICT application officer, both from the European Parliament, will present the use case of ELI for draft legislation (ELI-DL) for the European Parliament, applying the ELI-DL ontology as data model in the scope of legislative applications.
Location, date and time
Location: Online webinar Date: 31 May 2022 Time: 10.00-11.30 CET
Martin Romacker (Senior Principal Scientist, Data & Analytics, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel Switzerland)
Documents and media
The pharmaceutical industry has started to massively invest in digital transformation to become data-driven and, thereby, to increase its productivity. The FAIR principles have been adopted as a blueprint to drive our data strategy and to make this transformation successful. However, Data FAIRification at scale has deep implications on the ways we work along our data management value chain affecting people, culture, processes and information technology. Consequently, semantic technologies are almost mandatory to build and represent the necessary core capabilities: terminology management, (meta)data element registries and conceptual modelling. But just building these capabilities is not sufficient, they also have to be adopted in the organization both in terms of data integration and data governance which necessitates a long term commitment and strategy.
At Roche, we have successfully established a semantic backbone to support our digitalization efforts with a high acceptance in the business as we can fully customize and contextualize the reference data (terminologies, metadata models and conceptual models) whilst keeping them fully governed and FAIR at the same time. The presentation will cover business related aspects and give an introduction to our high level architectural approach. We will then focus on FAIR by design by walking through our capability stack and show we apply our semantic reference data in the various application contexts.
Location, date and time
Location: Online webinar Date: 30 March 2022 Time: 10.00-12.00 CET
Denis Dechandon, Anikó Gerencsér, Mihai Paunescu (Publications Office of the European Union)
Christine Laaboudi (Eurostat, European Commission)
Honza Förster (Cogni.Zone, DG EMPL, European Commission)
Documents and media
In the era of semantic technologies, it is necessary not only to create, update and maintain metadata and reference data, but also to effectively share, visualise and align this data, so as to enhance interoperability. This requires specialised knowledge and established validation procedures, as well as the proper tools and adapted dissemination chains.
The Publications Office of the European Union provides corporate reference data management services for the DGs of the European Commission and similar to other interested stakeholders (EU institutions, agencies and national public administrations). The services focus not only on supporting users in reference data related requests and questions, but also on easing the use of semantic technologies and standards, and supporting the creation and maintenance of reference data and on the other hand on providing the necessary infrastructure (tools and platforms) for maintaining and for disseminating reference data.
In this context a corporate access is offered to all requesting EU institutions, agencies and national public administrations to two semantic applications: VocBench and ShowVoc.
VocBench is a web-based, multilingual, collaborative development platform for managing ontologies, thesauri, lexicons, generic code lists and authority lists. Designed to meet the needs of semantic web and linked data environments, VocBench development has also been driven by the feedback gathered from a community of users made of public organizations, companies and independent users looking for open source solutions for maintaining their reference data and other controlled vocabularies.
On the other hand, ShowVoc is a web-based, multilingual, platform for publishing, browsing and inspecting the same controlled vocabularies as listed above. It further entails cross-dataset features, such as global search and a translation API benefit from the presence of different datasets in order to realize a multilingual resource for term reference and authoritative term translation.
ShowVoc naturally complements VocBench. Initially funded by the European Commission ISA² programme and currently by the Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL), the development of both applications is managed by the Publications Office of the EU. VocBench and ShowVoc are open source solutions that can be reused and further improved by any interested professionals, while the EU national public administrations maintaining vocabularies in the scope of Legivoc can benefit from a free access to the VocBench and ShowVoc corporate instances made available by the Publications Office.
Additionally, a new tool is being conceived. Currently called “Semantics Elicitation Platform”, it is intended to be used independently or as a companion to VocBench, processing and managing unstructured information (e.g. text, various kind of media) and eliciting knowledge out of it, in the form of structured information modelled according to target ontology vocabularies. The project aims at realising an open environment for automatic sharing and provision of text-engineering components based on the same principles of Linked Open Data (a text mining platform).
The webinar will start with the presentation of the corporate reference data management services offered by the Publications Office, followed by two showcases presented by users from the European Commission (DG ESTAT and DG EMPL) who will speak about their experience of using VocBench and ShowVoc in practice. The third part of the event will provide a short demo of both tools and give the opportunity to participants to ask questions.