ICT4LAW

The context the project aims to provide a new generation of services to citizens, businesses, public administration in the field of law, regulatory compliance, process organization and risk management. The right is becoming, in contemporary society, a complex variable conditioned by the following necessities:

  • Dynamism of the law, with frequent regulatory updates
  • Pervasiveness: How to establish a service regulation
  • Transparency and accountability in services
  • Assessment of the impact of business rules
  • Management of a network of regulatory documents
  • Interaction between national and European law
  • Multilingualism generated by the different nations belonging to the European Community

Citizens and businesses require services (e.g., how to obtain exemption from car stamp payment, or how to open a credit line at a bank) for which they must necessarily know the procedures described by the rules to benefit from them and the offices and The banks must provide the services in accordance with the laws in force. In addition, companies must be able to plan the adaptation of their strategies to the various changes in law, and there are no tools to support this process, given the complexity of the subject matter. During the legislative process it is necessary to carry out, before any implementation of the law, the so-called regulatory impact assessment. This procedure, unfortunately, is advantageous in very few cases, because it is an extremely costly operation and the uncertain outcome (based on statistics) and, above all, not yet supported by appropriate technology. Finally, policymakers must also be able to "assess" the liking and popularity of citizens, the laws they prepare, to predict their impact during their drafting, to try to simplify them and make them more understandable, and the execution of Particular investigations, besides being costly, can easily lead to distorted results. The context ICT4LAW takes its cue from the problems listed above to build the nucleus of a new generation of services, deriving precisely from the convergence of ICT methodologies with cognitive sciences and the right. The technologies and areas addressed have been multiple and multidisciplinary:

  • Ontologies for the representation of the meaning of legal terms, procedures and services, for the indexing of documents
  • Automated natural language processing, for the retrieval of legal documents and for access to open, "spontaneous" and unstructured sources of information in order to extract opinions and information about companies
  • Model checking techniques to verify the conformity of the procedures adopted in highly regulated business
  • XPDL-based Business process management systems
  • Agent-based simulation to get predictions in complex systems
  • Neural networks for risk assessment in enterprises and statistical methods for the analysis of quantitative data

The role of SSB in the project was to explore the application and adaptation to the specific context of some of the best-known solutions of Business Process Management on the market, both proprietary and open source. The numbers of the project project financed by Regione Piemonte in the context of the regional call for industrial research projects and/or experimental development for the year 2007 in the context of "converging Technologies".

  • Period 2010-2013
  • Cost: 3.4 M €
  • PARTNER: Consortium consisting of twelve partners including University of Torino, CNR and Companies (www.ict4law.org)
  • Website: www.ict4law.org