Better access to
Administrations hold vast quantities of information on every aspect of
daily life. Accessing their data systems, however, challenges even the most experienced of
people. Computer technology facilitates the task, but has failed to keep pace with growing
demand for Europe-wide information retrieval.
In project EULEGIS nine countries are working to produce a trans-European information
retrieval system. The resulting applications should smooth access to legal, regulatory and
other official information from all levels of government, in countries within the European
Economic Area. A related Finnish project is developing multilingual World Wide Web pages.
The tools will allow people to access all data repositories using a single query
language and a common interface. Besides improving information exchange between European
administrations, the system will enhance access and service levels for business and the
public with clear efficiency and cost savings.
Guidance offered to people using the system will vary according to the individual's
experience in querying legislative data sources. In addition to being multilingual and
accessible to a variety of user groups, the interface allows for national differences in
documents and processes.
The EULEGIS stand demonstrates the benefits of a single point of access to European
legislative information. Technologies involved include the Internet and metadata
describing the legal data sources and guiding the query process. Focusing on consumer
protection, the demonstration shows how it is possible, without expert knowledge, to query
databases in different countries.