Formal body ontology

IRI:
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
See also:
Turtle
Github
Visualised

Table of Content

  1. Classes
  2. Object Properties
  3. Data Properties
  4. Namespace Declarations

Classes

Conceptc back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/Concept

A concept. Similar to a SKOS concept / a library subject term.
has super-classes
Focusc

Documentc back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/Document

A piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record.
is in domain of
inWorkPackageop
is in range of
publishesop

Eventc back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/Event

A thing happening over a time interval, sometimes in a place, sometimes involving people and agents.
is in domain of
hasAgentop, partOfWorkPackageop, publishesop

Focusc back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/Focus

A focus area for a Formal Body or work package.
has sub-classes
Conceptc, GovernmentDepartmentc, LegislationItemc, LegislationTypec
is in range of
hasFocusop

FocusCategoryc back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/FocusCategory

FocusCategory provides a way to aggregate formal bodies by the type of thing they concentrate on or scrutinise. In theory this could be derived from the FocussedOn and Focus relationships, but in some cases the thing these classes point at are not well not enough defined to determine their type. For example, the Scottish Grand Committee would point at a library subject heading / concept of Scotland. This concept is only typed as a geographic entity, and not identified as a devolved nation. Aggregating a list of formal bodies with a focus on devolved nations would not be possible from the FocussedOn and Focus relationships alone. Therefore, we have introduced FocusCategory to give a higher level means to group formal bodies by interest areas. To give another example, Focus might point to a named item of legislation, and the Focus Category would say that this Formal Body was constituted to scrutinise a specific item of legislation but not identify which one. Options for FocusCategory are: a specific item of legislation, a type of legislation, one or more government departments, matters specific to devolved nations etc.
is in range of
setUpToFocusOnop

FocussedOnc back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/FocussedOn

A time bound period during which a Formal Body or work package is investigating a specific subject or policy area.
is in domain of
hasFocusop
is in range of
formalBodyFocussedOnop, workPackageFocussedOnop

FormalBodyc back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/FormalBody

A group of people with a specific remit engaging in the formal business of Parliament. Usually these are committees or committee-like bodies established by Parliament. Sometimes formally constituted by Parliamentary procedure (e.g. via Standing Orders), sometimes constituted on a less formal basis (e.g. the Lord Speaker's Advisory Panel on Works of Art). Some formal bodies are established outside Parliament but still have a formal link to Parliament (e.g. the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament). Some formal bodies are established under statute. Formal bodies usually consist of a subset of Members of Parliament from the House of Commons, or peers from the House of Lords, or a mix of both appointed to deal with particular areas or issues. Occasionally a House meets as a Committee of the Whole House allowing all members of the House to attend and participate. Formal body membership generally reflects the political makeup of the House. All Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groupings of members with no formal place in the legislature so do not fit within this category.
has sub-classes
InformallyConstitutedCommitteec, ParliamentaryCommitteec, StatutoryCommitteec
is in domain of
belongsToHouseop, formalBodyFocussedOnop, hasLeadHouseop, hasParentFormalBodyop, remitop, setUpToFocusOnop, undertakesWorkPackageop
is in range of
hasAgentop, hasParentFormalBodyop

GeneralCommitteec back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/GeneralCommittee

The main role of General Committees is to consider proposed legislation in detail. This committee system allows faster processing of bills and is unique to the House of Commons; the Lords meet as a whole House in this function. There are various types of General Committee: Committees on Bills, Grand Committees looking at matters specific to the devolved nations of the UK, and General Committees on delegated legislation and European documents.
has super-classes
ParliamentaryCommitteec

GovernmentDepartmentc back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/GovernmentDepartment

The means by which the government exercises its executive authority.
has super-classes
Focusc

Housec back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/House

A Parliamentary House e.g. the House of Lords.
is in range of
belongsToHouseop, hasLeadHouseop

InformallyConstitutedCommitteec back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/InformallyConstitutedCommittee

An InformallyConstitutedCommittee is a committee-like body that is not established under Parliamentary procedure or by statute.
has super-classes
FormalBodyc

Inquiryc back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/Inquiry

A type of work package investigating a specific subject or policy area.
has super-classes
WorkPackagec
is in domain of
hasInquiryScopeop

InquiryScopec back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/InquiryScope

The scope or terms of reference of an inquiry. Sets out the context, constraints and questions which the inquiry seeks to address.
is in range of
hasInquiryScopeop

LegislationItemc back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/LegislationItem

A specific piece of legislation. e.g. A named bill or statutory instrument.
has super-classes
Focusc

LegislationTypec back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/LegislationType

Used when the focus of a Formal Body is a type of legislation. e.g. a committee looking at legal drafting of secondary legislation.
has super-classes
Focusc

NonSelectCommitteec back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/NonSelectCommittee

The House of Lords does not have General Committees but does have non-Select Committees. At a Select Committee of the House of Lords, Peers are not excluded from attending and speaking but they must not attend any meeting while the Committee deliberate, unless invited by the Committee to do so, and they must not vote. At a non-Select Committee, any Peer can attend, speak and vote.
has super-classes
ParliamentaryCommitteec

ParliamentaryCommitteec back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/ParliamentaryCommittee

Parliamentary Committees are formed and appointed by one or both Houses (e.g. via a motion or standing order).
has super-classes
FormalBodyc
has sub-classes
GeneralCommitteec, NonSelectCommitteec, SelectCommitteec

SelectCommitteec back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/SelectCommittee

Select Committees work in both Houses. They check and report on areas ranging from the work of government departments to economic affairs. The results of these inquiries are public and many require a response from the government. House of Commons Select Committees are largely concerned with examining the work of government departments. Select Committees in the House of Lords concentrate on broader themes rather than individual departments.
has super-classes
ParliamentaryCommitteec

StatutoryCommitteec back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/StatutoryCommittee

Statutory Committees are formed as a result of legislation (e.g. the Ecclesiastical Committee).
has super-classes
FormalBodyc

WorkPackagec back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/WorkPackage

A grouping of activities performed by a Formal Body potentially including meetings, calls for evidence, evidence sessions, publications etc. Work packages (including inquiries) are not a type of process. Formal bodies have roughly the same powers and undertake roughly the same activities but different formal bodies can choose to work differently. Individual activities may or may not get done and there's no defined order for when they happen.
has sub-classes
Inquiryc
is in domain of
hasParentWorkPackageop, hasWorkPackageTypeop, workPackageFocussedOnop
is in range of
hasParentWorkPackageop, inWorkPackageop, partOfWorkPackageop, undertakesWorkPackageop

WorkPackageTypec back to ToC or Class ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/WorkPackageType

Used to describe the type of a work package (a collection of activities). Note that inquiries have a specific Inquiry subclass; WorkPackageType is intended to describe non-inquiry work packages. e.g. a collection of hearings before a person is appointed to a public body or a set of hearings where a government minister appears before a committee.
is in range of
hasWorkPackageTypeop

Object Properties

belongsToHouseop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/belongsToHouse

Relates a Formal Body to the House or Houses it belongs to. A joint committee will belong to both Houses.
has domain
FormalBodyc
has range
Housec

formalBodyFocussedOnop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/formalBodyFocussedOn

Allows a Formal Body to focus on different areas and for this focus to change over time.
has domain
FormalBodyc
has range
FocussedOnc

hasAgentop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/hasAgent

Associates an event with the formal bodies responsible for organising it.
has domain
Eventc
has range
FormalBodyc

hasFocusop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/hasFocus

Relates a time bound focus to a specific focus area.
has domain
FocussedOnc
has range
Focusc

hasInquiryScopeop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/hasInquiryScope

Relates an inquiry to its scope of terms of reference.
has domain
Inquiryc
has range
InquiryScopec

hasLeadHouseop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/hasLeadHouse

A joint committee will have a lead House responsible for its administration.
has domain
FormalBodyc
has range
Housec

hasParentFormalBodyop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/hasParentFormalBody

Allows for committees to have sub-committees and sub-committees to have parent committees.
has domain
FormalBodyc
has range
FormalBodyc

hasParentWorkPackageop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/hasParentWorkPackage

Allows for work packages to have parent work packages. e.g. a sub-inquiry can belong to a wider inquiry.
has domain
WorkPackagec
has range
WorkPackagec

hasWorkPackageTypeop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/hasWorkPackageType

Defines the type of a work package where the work package is not an inquiry.
has domain
WorkPackagec
has range
WorkPackageTypec

inWorkPackageop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/inWorkPackage

Assigns a document to the work package of which it forms a part.
has domain
Documentc
has range
WorkPackagec

partOfWorkPackageop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/partOfWorkPackage

Assigns an event to the work package it belongs in. An event may belong to more than one work package or none e.g. a joint evidence session may belong to more than one work package where each work package is owned by a different committee.
has domain
Eventc
has range
WorkPackagec

publishesop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/publishes

Allows an event to be a document publication event and points at the resulting published document.
has domain
Eventc
has range
Documentc

remitop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/remit

The task or area of activity officially assigned to a Formal Body. This is a textual description as opposed to Focus which points at entities to describe the areas to be examined.
has range
lang stringc
is also defined as
data property

setUpToFocusOnop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/setUpToFocusOn

Relates a Formal Body to its Focus Category.
has domain
FormalBodyc
has range
FocusCategoryc

undertakesWorkPackageop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/undertakesWorkPackage

Allows for committees to take on work packages like inquiries. A joint inquiry will have more than one associated Formal Body.
has domain
FormalBodyc
has range
WorkPackagec

workPackageFocussedOnop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/workPackageFocussedOn

Allows a work package to focus on different areas and for this focus to change over time.
has domain
WorkPackagec
has range
FocussedOnc

Data Properties

remitop back to ToC or Data Property ToC

IRI: http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/remit

The task or area of activity officially assigned to a Formal Body. This is a textual description as opposed to Focus which points at entities to describe the areas to be examined.
has domain
FormalBodyc
is also defined as
object property

Namespace Declarations back to ToC

default namespace
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
owl
http://www.w3.org/2002/07/owl#
rdf
http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#
rdfs
http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#
terms
http://purl.org/dc/terms/
xsd
http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#

This HTML document was obtained by processing the OWL ontology source code through LODE, Live OWL Documentation Environment, developed by Silvio Peroni.