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About DataLex

DataLex - Smart legal decision support and Rules as Code – AustLII 's rule-based legal reasoning platform

DataLex is developed by Andrew Mowbray, Philip Chung & Graham Greenleaf, with assistance of AustLII staff

DataLex Application Examples

These applications ('apps') are of varying degrees of detail and demonstrate DataLex features. Select 'Run consultation' in order to run the app. All of these apps are for demonstration purposes only.

Tutorials, Manuals & Tools

  • DataLex Development Tools - An interface for developing test applications outside the AustLII Communities environment
  • AustLII's DataLex Developer's Manual (April 2021) - This is the manual for developing applications using the DataLex software.
  • Coding with yscript (May 2021) - This is a compete description and tutorial introduction to coding in the yscript language.
  • ylegis preprocessor (May 2021) - A preprocessor program that takes a section of legislation (or multiple sections, or even a whole Act), and converts it automatically into a 'first draft' of DataLex code (yscript) for those legislative provisions.

Background articles on AustLII's approach to using AI in law

Articles by others

Older Examples

These older examples include law that is not up-to-date. However, they are still useful as demonstrations how lengthier more complex applications can be developed using the DataLex software (Copyright and Privacy consultations), or different features of the DataLex software such as case-based reasoning (Finder's cases) or document assembly (Simple Will generator).
  • Freedom of Information - This is a simple example concerning access to documents under section 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) and related sections. Various small knowledge-bases (some developed by students) are linked.
  • Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) procedures consultation - This example focuses on procedural steps in making a complaint to the Privacy Commissioner and appealing against a determination. It is INCLUDED in (ie called from) this Codebase dealing with other sections of the Privacy Act, so a to construct a more complex app by linking various codebases.
  • Copyright - Examples using sections of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (not up-to-date)
  • Privacy - Examples using sections of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (not up-to-date)
  • Finder's cases - Example of case-based or example-based reasoning
  • Simple Will generator - Example of Document assembly

DataLex Web Utilities

  • WebTopicList - all topics in alphabetical order
  • WebChanges - recent topic changes in this web
  • WebNotify - subscribe to an e-mail alert sent when topics change
  • WebRss, WebAtom - RSS and ATOM news feeds of topic changes
  • WebStatistics - listing popular topics and top contributors
  • WebPreferences - preferences of this web

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