Here’s some documentation from the discussion in the database/tech-sub-group:
Generally the group agreed that energy modeller’s needs for concrete policy-information (RE-targets, emission targets, support schemes, auction volumes etc.) has to be determined in the first step. There should be a google-doc to collect these modelling needs.
The group discussed that there are certain pieces of policy-information that can be quantified and usually stored in relational database but policy processes in general don’t function in strict relations that can be represented in a relational database. Therefore any policy-database for energy-modellers could be in a two-data-bases-manner: One where quantifiable data is put (relational db) and one where texts, laws, regulations, court-decisions, comments and other documents can be stored and “losely associated” with tags/keywords and/or each other. A good example of this is the way the Open Energy Data Base (OEDB) and the Open Energy Platform (OEP) work. Maybe the non-relational part could also be displayed in the form of a wiki. In the OEDB a schema called “policy” should be added.
A challenge for the process of setting up a database for policy-information will be that the structure of laws change while the setting-up-process takes place thus necessitating a dynamic and flexible structure (and also design-process).
- There is the recommendation to license databases with the Open Data Base License (ODBL).
- How are laws and regulatory publications and respective information within those licensed? Is it legal to autmatically read them out?
(1) Put up a google-docs file for modeller’s expectations towards the policy-database with a deadline to fill it out (which deadline? who sets it up where?)
(2) Structure the needs and expectations and hand them to Ludvig who will pass them to “database-specialists” who can give a recommendation on how (if) these expectations could be represented in a relational database
(3) Set up a beta-version of the policy-database and receive feedback from working modellers
- How can quantifiable information (structured information) automatically be extracted from law texts and regulations?