National Laws 45% open


What data is expected?

This data category requires all national laws and statutes to be available online, although it is not a requirement that information on legislative behaviour e.g. voting records is available.

  • Content of the law / status
  • Date of last amendment
  • Amendments to the law (if applicable)

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced No [Comment by original submitter] Israeli laws are public domain by law, however, the license on the Knesset website does not acknowledge that. [Comment by reviewer] The original submission indicated that the data was openly licensed giving the rationale noted above. I am changing this to a NO. There is no indication on the website that the content is in the open domain. The URL ( provided in the original submission states: "User may make "fair use" of the protected material as set out in the law, as well as a quote from the protected material in a reasonable manner". In addition, the bottom of the page makes a copyright claim to ”All rights reserved to the State of Israel - the Knesset or to third parties, as set out in midfield". The original submitter, other than generally stating that laws are in public domain provided no other convincing proof. The proof from the website indicates that the content is not in the open domain. Since for the purpose of this survey we are strictly concerned with online content, I am changing B7 to NO.
In an open and machine-readable format The laws themselves only available in PDF
Downloadable at once No
Up-to-date Yes Laws and amendments are updated up to February 2017.
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 4
findable_steps Going to the Knesset website and looking it in their site.
Collected by government Yes
usability 1
collector_name The Knesset
characteristics Content of the law / status, Date of last amendment, Amendments to the law (if applicable) All of the characteristics were very easy to find. Each law contains a "Legislative History" which clearly describes its legislative progress since it was introduced as a bill. Amendments and the dates they were made are clearly identified.
location - The Israeli Legislation database, -
[Comment by original submitter]The legislative site will hopefully add an API in 2017. [Comment by reviewer] One change that was needed was in B7 where I indicated that the content is not in the public domain. I made this decision purely on what was available on the website. The original submitter indicated that there is a law that laws should be in the public domain- but I do not see proof of this on the website. I also changed B8 to indicate that data is not available in HTML. The original submitter had selected HTML format even though they stated on the comment that the text of the laws is only available in PFD only (which is true).

The submission is accepted. The dataset contains all the required characteristics.

Meta data

Data location - The Israeli Legislation database
Data licence
Data format   Unknown
Reviewer   Juela Xhaferraj
Submitters   Mor Rubinstein
Last modified   Thu Nov 10 2016 18:21:50 GMT+0000 (UTC)