The Impact of Semantic Web Technologies on Legal Provisions Accessibility: Reasoning over Implicit Patterns

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    The development of the Semantic Web in the legal domain is an essential precondition to guarantee advanced services able to manage the complex nature of legal information as well as the peculiarities of legal users’ information needs. A model of normative provisions and related axioms using RDF/OWL are presented as a contribution to facilitate accessibility to legislation. In particular, a design pattern able to implement Hohfeldian legal fundamental relations between provisions using OWL-DL expressivity is described. Examples of advanced access and reasoning services over normative provisions using the proposed approach are shown.