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A text mining tool to detect EU legal references for hyperlink creation or knowledge extraction

When is this solution for you? 

You edit, manage and publish legal texts that include references to other legal texts. You want to avoid the tedious creation of web links. You need a tool that detects references and creates links pointing to their original repository, or any subsequent knowledge enrichment process.

What can we offer you? 

Ref2Link automates the detection of references and generates hyperlinks based on dynamic and customisable rules. You can use Ref2Link as a standalone tool or as a building block in IT systems such as LEOS.

Ref2Link supports out-of-the-box multilingual detection of EU legal instruments. It enforces the European Legislation Identifier and European Case Law Identifier standards and other references if needed. National public administrations may adapt the default detection rules to meet their own specific requirements. The code will be made available under the free European Union Public Licence (EUPL).

Our solution at a glance 
Get started 

Within the Ref2LinkPad, type your EU legal references and generate links directly. Currently, the tool is accessible to users in the EU institutions and national administrations with the TESTA network access.

Offline evaluation is possible upon request.

Is this solution open source? 
Any questions? 

Contact the Ref2Link team at the European Commission.

Contact the Interoperability Unit of DG Informatics (please use the subject line ‘Ref2Link’).

More detailed information 
Who is already using this solution? 

European Commission: The Commission uses Ref2Link internally to detect legal references in business applications and Intranet sites.