A number of software applications and platforms are now available for creating visualizations (i.e., graphical depictions) of legislation. Here are some of them:
- Compendium — an argument mapping application, distributed free-of-charge — has been applied to legislation (see pages 129-132) by participants in the EU’s LEX-IS Project. (See the description in Loukis et al., Using Argument Visualization to Enhance e-Participation in the Legislation Formation Process, a paper delivered at ePart 2009: The First International Conference on eParticipation, 1-3 September 2009, Linz, Austria. (Click here for the full paper on SpringerLink.));
- Seadragon and Zoomorama have been used to create visualizations of bills, entire legislative codes, and titles of legislative codes (click here for 11 U.S.C.; click here for 17 U.S.C.; click here and here for 26 U.S.C.) by Michael James Bommarito II, Daniel Martin Katz, & Jon Zelner, all of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Center for Study of Complex Systems and Computational Legal Studies;
- DocBlocks and IBM Many Bills have been used to visualize topics in legislation, by the IBM Research Visual Communication Lab;
- CMap Tools have been used for the visualization of norms and related fields of law in legislation, by Felix Zimmermann of jurMeta and kjur.de. [Thanks to Mr. Zimmermann for this information, which was added 31 May 2010.]
If you know of other software tools used to create visualizations of legislation, please feel free to identify them in the comments.
Thanks to @fodden for suggesting this post.