Societies Ontology

Author
Dorian Taylor
Version
0.1
Created
July 29, 2014
Namespace URI
https://vocab.methodandstructure.com/societies#
Preferred Namespace Prefix
soco

The Organization Ontology provides a core set of classes and properties useful for describing the basic structures of corporate entities. The authors deliberately left out explicit provisions for the myriad idiosyncrasies we find in organizations all around the world. The Societies Ontology is an attempt to fill some of that in.

A society, charity, association, foundation, or other non-profit entity tends to be structured according to a common schema. In North America, at least, a society is controlled by an elected board of directors. Of these directors, there are the legislated roles of president, secretary, and treasurer, and may appoint an executive director to run the organization.

A board of directors is actually a special kind of committee, which itself is a special kind of organizational unit. Societies may also have members, which themselves may be people, or other organizations. It is the goal of this vocabulary to provide the necessary extensions to encode those relationships.

I acknowledge a bias toward the anglosphere, common law, and especially North America when considering this vocabulary. I am content to take suggestions to accommodate structures from other jurisdictions.

Imports

Classes

Chapter

A chapter is an organizational unit focused on a geographic region.

Subclass of:
org:OrganizationalUnit

Committee

A committee is a specific type of organizational unit.

Subclass of:
org:OrganizationalUnit

Board

The board of directors is a specific committee within the organization.

Subclass of:
soco:Committee
Properties:
soco:board-of

Properties

Related to the Board of Directors

board-of

Indicates a direct relation between a board of directors and its parent organization.

Sub-property of:
org:unitOf
Inverse of:
soco:has-board
Domain:
org:Organization
Range:
soco:Board

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has-board

Indicates a direct relation between an organization and its board of directors.

Sub-property of:
org:hasUnit
Inverse of:
soco:board-of
Domain:
soco:Board
Range:
org:Organization

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Related to Membership

primary-contact

Designates the person who is the primary contact of a membership.

Many membership organizations, e.g. trade or professional associations, have companies as members rather than people. In that case, the member company would designate a person to deal with the details of its membership to the association.

Domain:
org:Membership
Range:
foaf:Person

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billing-contact

Designates the person who is in charge of paying the bills associated with a membership.

In membership organizations whose members are companies, there is often a dedicated bookkeeper, comptroller, or CFO.

Domain:
org:Membership
Range:
foaf:Person

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Related to Officers

president-of

Designates the president of the organization.

Sub-property of:
org:headOf
Domain:
foaf:Person
Range:
org:Organization

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secretary-of

Designates the secretary of the organization.

Sub-property of:
org:memberOf
Domain:
foaf:Person
Range:
org:Organization

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treasurer-of

Designates the treasurer of the organization.

Sub-property of:
org:memberOf
Domain:
foaf:Person
Range:
org:Organization

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executive-director-of

Designates the executive director of the organization.

Sub-property of:
org:memberOf
Domain:
foaf:Person
Range:
org:Organization

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chair-of

Designates the chair of a committee.

Sub-property of:
org:memberOf
Domain:
foaf:Person
Range:
soco:Committee

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Individuals

This vocabulary contains a number of predefined roles.

Officers

This is a concept scheme to contain the standard roles of officers.

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President

The president is the elected chief executive of an organization. The president is the first of three officer roles typically mandated by legislation.

Role property:
soco:president-of
Concept scheme:
Officers

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Secretary

The secretary is the elected officer responsible for maintaining the records of an organization, and is the second of three typically-mandatory officer roles.

Role property:
soco:secretary-of
Concept scheme:
Officers

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Treasurer

The treasurer is the elected officer responsible for the finances of an organization, and is the third of the three mandatory elected positions.

Role property:
soco:treasurer-of
Concept scheme:
Officers

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Executive Director

The executive director is the first appointed position in a society-like organization, and is responsible for its day-to-day operation.

Role property:
soco:executive-director-of
Concept scheme:
Officers

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Chair

The chair, or chairperson, is in charge of maintaining order in a committee.

Role property:
soco:chair-of
Concept scheme:
Officers

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