A number of legal informatics scholars and institutions are involved in the new EU research project called IMPACT: Integrated Method for Policy Making Using Argument Modelling and Computer Assisted Text Analysis.
The goal of the project is to apply those computing methods to “facilitate deliberations about policy at a conceptual, language-independent level.” Many of the policy debates targeted by the project will inform law-making processes.
The project also seeks to develop applications and tools to assist officials and citizens in deliberating about policies, including “tools for reconstructing arguments from data resources distributed throughout the Internet.” The tools will be designed as Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) or widgets, so that they can be integrated into a variety of systems.
The tools are to be integrated into an open source content management system. The project developers plan to make publicly available an Application Programming Interface (API) for services required by the tools.
Legal informatics institutions involved in the project include:
- The University of Amsterdam’s Leibniz Center for Law;
- Fraunhofer FOKUS;
- The University of Leeds’s Centre for Digital Citizenship (whose project team includes Dr. Adam Wyner);
- The University of Liverpool’s Department of Computer Science; and
- Zebralog GmbH & Co KG.
For more information, please see the project’s Website.