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From legal thesaurus to e-signatures

Galindo, Fernando (

Published in:   A history of legal informatics
  Lefis Series Vol 9, num 7(2010),pp 203-224

Abstract: In collaboration with several partners, in the middle of the 1980s the Inter- Disciplinary Research Group on Data Protection and Electronic Signatures located in the Aragon Autonomous Region of Spain began to carry out interdisciplinary research related to the storage and retrieval of legal documentation. The objective was to use the technical possibilities of expert systems to enable retrieval, with the use of suitable dialogues and arguments, local legal texts, especially the legislation of the Aragón Autonomous Region. The intended users would be both ordinary people and legal experts.The chosen method was the construction of an intelligent legal thesaurus. It was too early.We realized practical results could not be obtained at that time in the Spanish context. The research did however generate philosophical ideas on access to legal texts. As the Internet became a reality, another object of research appeared: How to ensure security of identity in electronic legal communications? Such security would assist legal activities while at the same time protecting individual rights to communicate thoughts freely when retrieving information. This involved work on identification management and electronic signatures. The development of these activities began in the mid-1990s. We have now reinstated the idea of the thesaurus alongside e-signatures, in an attempt to put into practice the objective of building systems that provide, as far as is possible, free access to and recovery of legal documentation using internet for all citizens in the ‘network’ society.2 However, the collaborative potential of the Internet brought another opportunity:We moved from a focus on local and Spanish regional development to collaboration on a European and international basis. Joint activities were developed between research centres in the area of computers and law.This was the point of departure for the establishment of the Legal Framework for the Information Society: the LEFIS Network, founded by the group.

Language: eng
Department: Derecho Penal, Filosofía del Derecho e Historia del Derecho

Keyword(s): Law ; Data protection ; Thesaurus ; E-asignatures


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