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.
The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 1
|Downloadable at once||No|
|Available free of charge||Yes|
|In an open and machine-readable format||HTML||the legislation system is actually XML based but presented in PDF (but hopefully with an XML option in 2017)|
|findable||4||Very much agreed. Other legislatures might consider adopting this very accessible web site navigation and data model.|
|findable_steps||google -- isle of man legislation|
|licence_url||https://www.gov.im/about-this-site/open-government-lice||footer notice and link|
|Collected by government||Yes|
|collector_name||HM Attorney Generals' Chambers|
|characteristics||Content of the law / status, Date of last amendment, Amendments to the law (if applicable)||An examination of one of the recent acts (the Marriage and Civil Partnership Amendment Act of 2016), demonstrates that this model is followed in the publication of this important data online.|
|location||https://legislation.gov.im/cms/en/ - Isle of Man Legislation||The site is very easy to navigate and includes a very handy set of side bars that highlights New Acts, Updated Acts, New Appointed Day Orders, and Draft Legislation that has been introduced.|
I have found this site to be one of the most accessible that I have reviewed to date. Flaws aside in locating data, as noted by the submitter, I would certainly believe that this model is a firm and dedicated step in the right direction of open data for governments.