What is contract visualization?
Contract visualization applies information design methods to make contracts clearer, easier to understand and user-friendlier. The users of commercial contracts are actually mostly managers, engineers and accountants, rather than lawyers and judges, and they hate to have to deal with cumbersome documents in "legalese". From a communication and design perspective, there is vast margin for innovation: why can't contracts be easy interfaces and better tools for collaboration? Why can't they look appealing?
Demo & paper presentation “Making the meaning of contracts visible – Automating contract visualization”
Stefania Passera presented the paper “Making the meaning of contracts visible – Automating contract visualization” at the IRIS Conference on Legal Informatics 2014, in Salzburg. The work was also shortlisted for the LexisNexis Best Paper Award, …Read More →
A Legal Design Jam borrows the idea of events such as hackatons and design jams and applies it to contract (or legal information) visualization. The goal of a Legal Design Jam is to bring together …Read More →
Business contracts usually do not fail for a lack of legal, technical or business expertise, but for a lack of communication. Most litigations and business relationships gone awry can be linked to misunderstandings, misinterpretations and …Read More →
JYSE 2009 SERVICES are the General Terms of Public Procurement of Services developed by the the Ministry of Trade and Industry. These terms are commonly incorporated into public procurement contracts. Their influence on the contracts …Read More →
UXUS is a research project promoted by FIMECC (Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster) and funded by Tekes, collecting together top Finnish Researchers (Aalto University, University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology, VTT) and companies …Read More →
(PRO2ACT has now ended. Read the Final Report here) PRO2ACT was a 2,5 year (1.9.2010-28.2.2013) research and development project funded by Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and partner public organizations. The …Read More →
VISO is a two year (1.10.2012-30.9.2014) strategic research opening project funded by Tekes (The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and Aalto University. It opens up novel approaches to public procurement contracting by searching …Read More →
Blog post in the blog Vox PopuLII, edited by the prestigious Legal Information Institute of Cornell University
Researcher Stefania Passera (MIND Research Group) and her co-author Helena Haapio were invited to write a guest post on visualization in the law field for the blog Vox PopuLII, edited by the prestigious Legal Information …Read More →
Tremendous opportunities exist for improving the ergonomics and usability of complex commercial contracts through visualization and modularization. New tools and approaches are needed to change researchers’ and business managers’ attitudes towards contracts. Visualization and modularization …Read More →
Based on the early results of the first six months into a five-year cross-professional research project, this paper introduces work aimed at developing, prototyping and testing methods to improve the usability of commercial contracts. The …Read More →