Semantic Finlex Project

finlexCreated on Jan 14th, 2021

The research and development work for Semantic Finlex was launched in 2012 as part of the national Linked Data Finland project managed by Aalto University's Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo).

The project first led to a prototype which included a selection of datasets from a specific point in time. With support from the Finnish Open Data Programme led by the Ministry of Finance, this prototype was further developed into the http://data.finlex.fi data service, through which a data publication is automatically updated in tandem with Finlex. Meanwhile, the data model underlying the data publication was further developed, and the following new standards under development at EU level were implemented:

Further information on the project and related scientific publications is available on the home page of the Semantic Finlex project. Homepage: https://data.finlex.fi

Members

SFL ontology (Semantic Finlex Legislation) is an extension to ELI ontology used in the Semantic Finlex service. In addition to different language and content format versions SFL defines classes for different temporal versions of statutes and sections of law. Therefore, SFL divides eli:LegalResource class to four subclasses as follows:

  • sfl:Statute (statute). Statute at a conceptual level eg. Criminal Code (39/1889)
  • sfl:SectionOfALaw (section of a law). Section of law at conceptual level eg. Criminal Code 39/1889 Chapter 1 Section 2
  • sfl:StatuteVersion (statute version). Statute at a specific point in time, eg. Criminal Code 39/1889 as it was on 1.1.2016
  • sfl:SectionOfALawVersion (section of a law version). Section of law at a specific point in time, eg. Criminal Code 39/1889 Chapter 1 Section 2 as it was on 1.1.2016

The relationship between a statute and a statute version is expressed with properties eli:has_member and eli:is_member_of. The relationship between a section of a law and a section of a law version is expressed likewise with the same properties.

Version: 1.0.0

The key contents of Finish legal norms, such as acts, decrees that further define acts, and case-law (legal cases) related to their implementation have been made available for viewing on the Internet. This service is proviced by Finlex, a program by the Ministry of Justice of Finland. Although information on law and justice has been available, in this way, to human readers in the form of web pages, this dataset now also makes this information accessible for IT applications, other online services and legislative applications.

Semantic Finlex includes the following components:

  • A linked open data service on Finnish legislation and jurisdiction.
  • Pilot applications presenting practical uses of the data service.

At its current initial stage, Semantic Finlex includes:

  • a wide range of original texts of acts and decrees (approx. 45,000),
  • consolidated legislation based on the aforementioned statutes (approx. 2,800),
  • decisions of the Supreme Court (approx. 5,400), and
  • decisions of the Supreme Administrative Court (approx. 7,000).

The contents are automatically updated from the Finlex service.

Version: 1.0.0

The key contents of Finish legal norms, such as acts, decrees that further define acts, and case-law (legal cases) related to their implementation have been made available for viewing on the Internet. This service is proviced by Finlex, a program by the Ministry of Justice of Finland. Although information on law and justice has been available, in this way, to human readers in the form of web pages, this dataset now also makes this information accessible for IT applications, other online services and legislative applications.

Semantic Finlex includes the following components:

  • A linked open data service on Finnish legislation and jurisdiction.
  • Pilot applications presenting practical uses of the data service.

At its current initial stage, Semantic Finlex includes:

  • a wide range of original texts of acts and decrees (approx. 45,000),
  • consolidated legislation based on the aforementioned statutes (approx. 2,800),
  • decisions of the Supreme Court (approx. 5,400), and
  • decisions of the Supreme Administrative Court (approx. 7,000).

The contents are automatically updated from the Finlex service.

Version: 1.0.0

The key contents of Finish legal norms, such as acts, decrees that further define acts, and case-law (legal cases) related to their implementation have been made available for viewing on the Internet. This service is proviced by Finlex, a program by the Ministry of Justice of Finland. Although information on law and justice has been available, in this way, to human readers in the form of web pages, this dataset now also makes this information accessible for IT applications, other online services and legislative applications.

Semantic Finlex includes the following components:

  • A linked open data service on Finnish legislation and jurisdiction.
  • Pilot applications presenting practical uses of the data service.

At its current initial stage, Semantic Finlex includes:

  • a wide range of original texts of acts and decrees (approx. 45,000),
  • consolidated legislation based on the aforementioned statutes (approx. 2,800),
  • decisions of the Supreme Court (approx. 5,400), and
  • decisions of the Supreme Administrative Court (approx. 7,000).

The contents are automatically updated from the Finlex service.

Version: 1.0.0

The key contents of Finish legal norms, such as acts, decrees that further define acts, and case-law (legal cases) related to their implementation have been made available for viewing on the Internet. This service is proviced by Finlex, a program by the Ministry of Justice of Finland. Although information on law and justice has been available, in this way, to human readers in the form of web pages, this dataset now also makes this information accessible for IT applications, other online services and legislative applications.

Semantic Finlex includes the following components:

  • A linked open data service on Finnish legislation and jurisdiction.
  • Pilot applications presenting practical uses of the data service.

At its current initial stage, Semantic Finlex includes:

  • a wide range of original texts of acts and decrees (approx. 45,000),
  • consolidated legislation based on the aforementioned statutes (approx. 2,800),
  • decisions of the Supreme Court (approx. 5,400), and
  • decisions of the Supreme Administrative Court (approx. 7,000).

The contents are automatically updated from the Finlex service.

Version: 1.0.0