John Sheridan

Head of Legislation Services at The UK National Archives

John Sheridan is Head of Legislation Services at The [UK] National Archives, where he leads the team responsible for, the UK's official legislation website and the world's first linked data statute book. As Head of e-Services and Strategy at the Office of Public Sector Information he is one of the leading pioneers of open and linked data in the UK. In his current role, John devised "expert participation", an approach for maintaining the UK Government's official legislation database as open data, working with the private sector. He is an active contributor to initiatives at a European level to develop linked legislation data. John is a former co-chair of the World Wide Web Consortium's e-Government Interest Group.

Talk Title: 
Good Law from Open Data
Talk Abstract: 

In the context of the recent European Legislation Identifier initiative and new EU e-Law Linked Open Data taskforce, this presentation will survey the opportunities of Linked Open Data to legislative and legal compliance data. What does it mean to talk about legislation as data? How can open data work as an operating model for the public sector to enable this? Where and how do Linked Data standards fit? What are the commercial opportunities for use and exploitation of law as data? This presentation will showcase recent projects and explore the Europe wide possibilities and benefits from Linked Open Legislation Data.

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