Sharing Information between Government Agencies: Some Legal Challenges Associated with Semantic Interoperability

  • Dag Wiese SchartumEmail author
Part of the Information Technology and Law Series book series (ITLS, volume 20)


Legislation contains a large number of words and phrases designed to describe legally relevant aspects of citizens’ lives. A large volume of legislation is linked to various governmental schemes. ‘Income’, ‘married’, ‘number of children you support’ are examples of words and phrases describing data collected to serve as the basis for individual administrative decisions. Identical wordings are often used in several pieces of legislation, a practice that may create the expectation that relevant collected data could be shared between government bodies. For example, it might be expected that expressions such as ‘residential address’ have identical semantic content throughout national and even European legislation, thus making it possible to design information systems with shared information across regulatory and administrative borders.


Court Decision Government Administration Residential Address Semantic Interoperability Design Information System 
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Information and Communication Technologies


Service Oriented Architecture


European Interoperability Framework


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© T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the authors 2011 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and LawOslo UniversityOsloNorway

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