Consolidation

Legislative Content Management & Regulatory Content Management

LIMS' semi-automated Consolidation module helps specialists incorporate amending Acts and statutory instruments into the legislation database. The system reads the modifying documents and intelligently extracts modifying commands. Those commands are then automatically applied. This process is done under the supervision and approval of the system operator. Before finalizing these changes, a comparative document is generated for approval by an editor, hence they are always in control.

The module logs all modifications made to a document during its lifetime. This introduces the concept of point-in-time. The LIMS database contains the history of a legislative document, thereby providing advanced functionalities, such as searching for the version in force at a particular date. Point-in-time access is enabled by keeping a history of modifications.

 

 

Key features

  • Flexible support of the legislation throughout its life cycle (consolidation or revision processes)
  • Importation of modifying and new Acts and statutory instruments into the database
  • Automatic detection of modifications included in the amendments
  • Automatic modifying command application
  • Point-in-time database - keeps the legislative patrimony and makes the legislation perennial
  • Omnibus bill support, ability to apply a batch modification to legislation (e.g. department name change)
  • Not-in-force provision support
  • Calendar-based consolidation planning
  • Flexible report generation
  • Secure, multi-user environment
  • Advanced workflow control, avoiding possible errors during consolidation
  • Integrity validation processes give the possibility to make the online legislation official

Benefits and applications

  • Fast consolidation of legislative documents, which gives the public the ability to access up-to-date legislation
  • Faster consolidation process
  • More control, fewer errors
  • Point-in-time, which enables users to search for a document in force at a particular date
  • Automatic generation of historical notes, which helps normalization
  • Structured XML based solution, integrates with any other standard publication system

Specifications

  • Windows XP or later (32 and 64 bit)
  • Microsoft SQL server
  • XML