The Organization class should have properties for:
The Department of Natural Resources operates under the FIP title Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
In 2003, Philip Morris Companies Inc. changed its name to Altria Group, Inc.
Chrinon Ltd has company number 07444723.
The Standing Committee on Finance is a committee.
The Standing Committee on Finance is part of the House of Commons.
the geographic area to which the organization is related
Parliament of the United Kingdom
date of founding
To provide historical detail.
date of dissolution
To determine whether an organization exists, e.g. in order to disable related functionality.
To identify the organization visually.
the means of contacting the organization
1 Main Street
Briefly, the survey of existing specifications concludes that:
OrganizationEstablishmentDateare the only properties for founding dates.
OrganizationTerminationDateare the only properties for dissolution dates.
This data specification is a profile of the W3C organization ontology.
Unlike the Organization ontology, an organization may have only one classification in this data specification; implementations must choose a unique classification scheme.
||A group with a common purpose or reason for existence that goes beyond the set of people belonging to it, e.g. a social, commercial or political structure|
||A primary name, e.g. a legally recognized name|
||An alternate name, e.g. a trading or colloquial name|
||A former name, e.g. a pre-merger name|
||An issued identifier, e.g. a DUNS number, GLN, etc.|
||An organizational category, e.g. charity, committee, etc.|
||The organization that contains this organization|
||The geographic area to which the organization is related|
|date of founding||
||A date of founding|
|date of dissolution||
||A date of dissolution, termination, expiry, etc.|
||A URL of an image|
||A means of contacting the organization|
||A URL to a document about the organization|
1. According to a developer blog, the United Kingdom chose the spelling "organization", despite the common usage of the "s" spelling in British English, because it is the spelling that is acceptable to all versions of English. American English uses a "z", whereas both "z" and "s" spellings are correct in British English. The "z" spelling is preferred by the OED.
2. The Organization ontology defines the inverse property
vcard:deathDate could have been used for date of dissolution, but
deathDate is an unusual term for an organization.
The Organization ontology has a section on organizational classification. It proposes two strategies for classification: either create subclasses of Organization, or use the
classification property. It provides guidance on when to use one or the other strategy:
If the classification is not intrinsic to the organization but simply some way to group organizations, for example as part of a directory, then
org:classificationshould be used. If the classification is a reflection of the intrinsic nature of the organization and affects other properties then the sub-class approach should be used. For example, only charities have charity numbers so it would be better to represent a charity as a sub-class of
org:FormalOrganizationrather than via a taxonomic labelling.
In general, subclasses should only be used if the benefits outweigh the complexity. It is of no use to create the classes
UnlimitedCompany, etc. if all these classes behave the same way in your use case. It is simpler to use the
classification property in that case.
JSON differences from other RDF serializations:
nameis used instead of
prefLabel, to be consistent with the Person class.
other_namesproperty, whose value is an array of name objects.
identifiersis used instead of
identifierand is serialized as an array of identifier objects.
classificationproperty is a string, instead of a
parent_id4 is used instead of
subOrganizationOf, due to its popularity among ORMs.
dissolution_dateterm is used for the date of dissolution, for which there is no RDF term.
linksis used instead of
seeAlsoand is serialized as an array of link objects.