Organisational Structure

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Organisational structure should primarily be modelled using the org ontology, with types from the AIISO as appropriate.

Types

Your main institution should be of type org:FormalOrganization and aiiso:Institution.

URIs

It is recommended that you put no structural information in the URI.

BAD: http://id.example.org/org/divisions/my-div/my-sub-div/team-3

GOOD: http://id.example.org/orgunit/team-2342

It is better to assign a team a unique ID and use that. This will avoid pain and confusion when the organisation restructures.

Sub-units

Sub-units should have org:subOrganizationOf and org:hasSubOrganization relationships with their containing unit.

Sub-units may be included to any degree of detail, but it is strongly recommended that all units referenced in other parts of the open linked data for the org. should be listed in the organogram document

Universities

The top level of a university should be type aiiso:Institution in addition to org:FormalOrganization.

For other parts of a university structure add the following types, as appropriate:

aiiso:Center, aiiso:College, aiiso:Department, aiiso:Divison, aiiso:Faculty, aiiso:Institute, aiiso:ResearchGroup, aiiso:School.

For more details see http://vocab.org/aiiso/schema but the rule of thumb is that if it's called a faculty by your university then it's type aiiso:Faculty.

If your institution is collegiate, then each college should be of both type org:FormalOrganization and aiiso:College.

Example

<rdf:RDF …>

  ... license etc ...

  <rdf:Description rdf:about="....main org URI...">
    <rdf:type rdf:resource="http://www.w3.org/ns/org#FormalOrganization"/>
    <rdfs:label>Example Org</rdfs:label>
    <org:hasSubOrganization rdf:resource='..../orgpart-001'>
    <org:hasSubOrganization rdf:resource='..../orgpart-002'>
    <org:hasSubOrganization rdf:resource='..../orgpart-003'>
  </rdf:Description>

  <rdf:Description rdf:about="..../orgpart-001">
    <rdfs:label>Sales Division</rdfs:label>
  </rdf:Description>

</rdf:RDF>