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[protege-discussion] An Ontology Model For any Organization

Leslie Barrett lbarrett29 at
Wed Apr 1 12:14:49 PDT 2009

Hi Mehdi,
I am a Director of Language Technology at the Financial Times and this is the kind of thing that comes up often around here. First, it would help to know how this ontology is going to be used as a resource and by whom. Next, you have to assume certain basic relations that may have nonetheless a wide variety of population conventions. For example, every Organization has a REPORTS_TO relation between employees that is based on ROLES, but the role structure will differ between companies and departments. So, for example, an organization division can have a CTO that reports to *another* CTO who runs technology for the parent company. So there is some division-inheritance there. It is an interesting topic. Furthermore, the relations between ROLE and JOB RESPONSIBILITY are not one-to-one. Would be happy to give you more examples.

Leslie Barrett

Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 12:00:56 -0700
From: mehdi_amani at
To: protege-discussion at
Subject: [protege-discussion] An Ontology Model For any Organization

Dear All,
I need an Ontology for a General Organization. I know any organization is made up of actually a number of (or even One) Directed Binary Emloyee to EmployeeS upervision Relation, but this is really too simplistic. even in the Newspaper example of protege they start defining classes, other relations even person, then you will have users, groups, Reverse Slots & .....Even if we assume a virtual box around a set of employees inside the Newpaper Organizational Charts We can have Departements & so on...... I was Wondering if any one has done a ontology model for a typical Organization, which could be refined to build ontology of a University all the way to then Newpaper example. If anyone has done such a modeling even at it's crwedest level I will apriciated highly to share thier knowledge . any help is greatly appreciated. 
SincerelyMehdi Amani 
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