Transcripts of conversations with mySociety people

Akoma Ntoso is different because it is not really a set of schemas covering the different document types, like debates, bills, judgements and so on. That's what a number of national parliaments do nowadays.

Akoma Ntoso is a vocabulary and a set of rules that allows your organisation to build your very own and specific schema, for your own document types..

We can say that Akoma Ntoso is a meta-schema that allows you to build your own schema, it provides the building blocks for different organisations to use to build their own very individual schemas.

Having organisations using similar building blocks, identifying these blocks in a similar fashion goes a long way to allow greater integration and exchange of documents as well as reusability of software tools. In other words, better, smarter services and more sustainable development and deployment of information systems.

Akoma Ntoso overcomes the multiplicity of information coding which has brought about divergent and mutually unintelligible documents.

It does this by creating a common specific markup language that meets the information management needs of the parliamentary, legislative and judiciary ecosystem.

Nowadays nobody would consider that having mobile phone with country specific and incompatible standards would be a smart idea. It has now become more and more apparent to parliaments, civil society but also publishers that a common standard does make a lot of sense in terms of accessibility, smart services but also cost-saving and re-usability.

What is different in Akoma Ntoso is that it is not a jacket, let alone a strait jacket, it is a piece of cloth that allows you to tailor your own very personal suit or schema to meet your very own specific requirements while making your document reusable and readable by all Akoma Ntoso compatible applications and tools.

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