National Laws 100% 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 Yes
In an open and machine-readable format HTML, TXT, XML
Downloadable at once Yes See original submitters comment on B2 and B5 for more information on how information can be downloaded in bulk.
Up-to-date Yes See update frequency here:
Publicly available Yes I changed the original submission to indicate that data is available without need to register because I am able to get access to the full text of laws and their amendments without need to register. It seems the original submitter made his decision based on whether the data is available in bulk without registration. The original submission had indicated that data was available only after registering. [Original Submitter comment] "Bulk download is not available due to the size of data package (90GB). User has to send a USB stick to receive data - see here: Non-bulk data is available online without any registration need "
Available free of charge Yes [Reviewer comment]I changed the original submission to answer B4 with YES. Again, the original submitter had answered with NO based on an assessment of bulk download of the data. [Original Submitter Comment] USB stick needs to be sent in to download data (large filesize of 90GB)
findable 2 Once the legal term for national law was known, it was easy to find the data, but it was a bit trial and error to go to
findable_steps Search for "national wet nederlands" then checked the first search results, verification necessary if basiswetten is actually national law
Collected by government Yes
usability 3
collector_name Netherlands publication office
Controlled access Yes
characteristics Content of the law / status, Date of last amendment, Amendments to the law (if applicable) The original submission had marked as absent "Date of last amendment" and "Amendments to the law". I changed the submission to indicate that all characteristics are available. If one clicks on "Legislative Information" for each law, the history of the amendments and their dates are clearly recorded. Moreover, the text of the law itself marks the dates that articles were repealed and the date that the law was last amended.
location -
I changed B2 to indicate that data was available without the need to register. The original submitter had indicated that it is only available after registering. As the comment indicates the original submitter's decision was made on bulk downloads. Since bulk downloads are only a consideration for B5 I changed the submission, since texts of individual laws could be accessed without registration. I changed B3 to indicate that the dates of last amendments to laws and amendments were available. I changed B4 to YES because everything is free of charge. The original submitter's comment applies only to bulk downloads. In B8 I added that data is available for download in HTML and TXT format as well (in addition to XML). Before downloading a law, a dialogue box appears asking in which format you prefer to download.

I am accepting the submission with some alteriations. I was able to verify that the dataset actually meets all required characteristics.

Meta data

Data location
Data licence
Data format   HTML, TXT, XML
Reviewer   Juela Xhaferraj
Submitters   anonymous
Last modified   Fri Jan 27 2017 15:04:10 GMT+0000 (UTC)