National Laws 60% open

Latvia

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 Regarding information reuse Likumi.lv points to the legislation that determines how this information can be reused and sets the fee for reuse (however, it is not clear what is meant by reuse and if, e.g., publishing law excerpts on a website requires paying the fee or not): http://likumi.lv/doc.php?id=254491 http://likumi.lv/doc.php?id=249322#p18 The official publisher Latvijas Vestnesis does not receive budget funding for the maintenance of Likumi.lv. It is maintained from the earnings of Latvijas Vestnesis (including official publication and information reuse fees).
In an open and machine-readable format PDF
Downloadable at once Yes Every legislative act has to be viewed separately.
Up-to-date Yes
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 3
findable_steps I knew the URL of likumi.lv Almost everyone in Latvia who needs to look up laws know that it is available at likumi.lv
Collected by government Yes
usability 2 Legislation is published as plain HTML pages and not in a structured format. Paragraphs have fragment identifiers (#p12, etc.) which provides some way to address parts of the legislation. Rating it as some effort required (though some might say it requires a lot of effort).
collector_name Latvijas Vēstnesis - the official publication of the Republic of Latvia http://likumi.lv/about.php Latvijas Vēstnesis and likumi.lv is regulated by the Law on Official Publications and Legal Information: http://www.likumi.lv/doc.php?id=249322
characteristics Content of the law / status, Date of last amendment, Amendments to the law (if applicable)
location http://likumi.lv - The official website providing free access to systematized (consolidated) legislation of the Republic of Latvia, https://www.vestnesis.lv/ - the official publication of the Republic of Latvia People are usually interested in the consolidated versions of laws available at likumi.lv while https://www.vestnesis.lv/ publishes official decisions which are incremental (you may have separate publications for the initial law and tens of amendments). If there are any inconsistencies between these two sources, what was published in Latvijas Vēstnesis is the official version. That's why the law states that Latvijas Vēstnesis is the official publication and likumi.lv is for "informative purposes".

The submission fulfills all criteria. Per the submitter, "people are usually interested in the consolidated versions of laws available at likumi.lv while https://www.vestnesis.lv/ publishes official decisions which are incremental (you may have separate publications for the initial law and tens of amendments). If there are any inconsistencies between these two sources, what was published in Latvijas Vēstnesis is the official version. That's why the law states that Latvijas Vēstnesis is the official publication and likumi.lv is for "informative purposes"." The reviewer was aware of the sources, although web searches with basic keywords only produce the Likumi link, and not Vestnesis. Vēstnesis translates most accurately to journal and searches including this keyword produces the link. The information is not available in a public domain, but is hosted and run by https://www.lv.lv/. The submitter provides more information in this regard, explaining that "Likumi.lv points to the legislation that determines how this information can be reused and sets the fee for reuse (however, it is not clear what is meant by reuse and if, e.g., publishing law excerpts on a website requires paying the fee or not): see http://likumi.lv/doc.php?id=254491 or, http://likumi.lv/doc.php?id=249322#p18. The official publisher Latvijas Vestnesis does not receive budget funding for the maintenance of Likumi.lv. It is maintained from the earnings of Latvijas Vestnesis (including official publication and information reuse fees). The submitter originally indicated that the information was available in HTML, while the laws are available for download and are embedded as PDF. The submitter states that the information requires some effort as the information is contained in plain HTML. This was not my experience, however the rating remains the same to reflect the necessary effort to download the information available in PDF.

Meta data

Data location   http://likumi.lv - The official website providing free access to systematized (consolidated) legislation of the Republic of Latvia
   https://www.vestnesis.lv/ - the official publication of the Republic of Latvia
Data licence   Unknown
Data format   Unknown
Reviewer   Alyssa Beaton
Submitters   Uldis Bojars
Last modified   Wed Dec 14 2016 20:29:59 GMT+0000 (UTC)