Insights from ManyLaws’ first piloting phase

The final release of the ManyLaws platform is fast approaching! Feedback from stakeholders during the first piloting phase provided the development team with key input for the optimisation and fine-tuning of the prototype over the coming months.

From 18 December 2020 to 15 January 2021, ManyLaws engaged in the first of two piloting phases to test the platform before its final launch in Spring this year.

The initial piloting phase involved testing of the first release of the platform, which contained data and published laws from Austria, Greece and EUR-Lex (the official and most comprehensive access to EU legal documents).

Overseen by the Danube University Krems (Austria), the Austrian and Hellenic parliaments undertook the coordination of the pilots, inviting key stakeholders to test the first release features of the platform and share their feedback.

In the case of Austria, participants representing three stakeholder groups - public servants, legal professionals and businesspeople - took part in the pilot testing. Respondents across the board were positive in their reception of the platform and made key recommendations to further improve the platform’s potential to support their day-to-day professional activities.

In Greece, the respondents, of which the majority self-identified as public servants, stated that the platform overall met their expectations. They commended ManyLaws as a useful tool for legal research that would enable them to locate and easily retrieve pertinent legal information within a user-friendly environment, thus allowing them to compare and analyse the evolution of legislation and legal translations.

After processing the feedback received during the first piloting phase, the ManyLaws team will run the second pilot from mid-February for two weeks, and simultaneously host open workshops with legal experts and lawyers.