Vote for EU Links Checker of Apis until Aug. 31

One of the components developed in the EUCases project by APIS Europe JSC,namely the EULinksChecker, has been nominated for the European Commission’s Innovation Radar Prize 2016. The component is designed to assist legal professionals.

Please support it by voting for us on the page of the European Commission (https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/innovators/apis-innovation-radar). The voting will be open until 31.08.2016 and the first four per category will be invited to the next stage in Bratislava.

The announcement that the innovative component was nominated in the top ten came within the framework of the Innovation Radar 2016, which is an initiative actively identifying high potential innovations, funded by EU and the key innovators behind them.

The nominated EULinksChecker (Add-in Tools for Microsoft Word, Open Office Writer, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome), which will be competing for the Innovation Radar Price 2016, assists legal professionals during the process of drafting or viewing on the Internet legal documents relating to EU law by offering them convenient features for performing legal research based on legal citations or other semantic connections of the drafted/viewed documents with EU legislation and case law.

The innovative component came as a result of the EUCases project, which in turn has given the grounds for the successful launch of a commercial service EuroCases by APIS Europe JSC. The service itself is a novel multilingual web-based legal information service, providing access to the case law of the leading jurisdictions in Europe related to the application of EU law. Due to the nature of its functionalities, EuroCases is being regarded by many legal professionals active in various fields of law as a useful legal tool benefiting to lawyers, academics as well as law students.

The EUCases in turn was a collaborative Research Project supported by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funding that ran for 2 years between 2013 and 2015. The project was a multinational collaboration between four dynamic SMEs (APIS from Bulgaria, Averbis and empirica from Germany, and Nomotika from Italy) and two research institutions which are at the forefront of European research on legal ontologies, namely University of Torino and the Institute of Information and Communication Technology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.  As a result, a unique pan-European law and case law Linking Platform transforming multilingual legal open data into linked open data after semantic and structural analysis was developed.  The web based EUCases Linking Platform provides services linking EU law and case law with legislative acts and court decisions of six EU member states: Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.