Formal body ontology

IRI:
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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  1. Classes
  2. Object Properties
  3. Data Properties
  4. Namespace Declarations

Classes

BusinessItemc back to ToC or Class ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
An item of parliamentary business e.g. a second reading debate, the tabling of an early day motion, a laying of a paper.
is in domain of
hasAgentop, partOfWorkPackageop

Focusc back to ToC or Class ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
A focus area for a Formal Body or work package. This might be a specific government department, a specific type of legislation, an item of legislation or a SKOS type concept.
is in range of
formalBodyFocusop, workPackageFocusop

FocusCategoryc back to ToC or Class ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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 any Focus relationships, but in some cases the thing these classes point at are not well 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 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
hasFocusCategoryop

FormalBodyc back to ToC or Class ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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, formalBodyFocusop, hasFocusCategoryop, hasLeadHouseop, hasParentFormalBodyop, remitop, undertakesWorkPackageop
is in range of
hasAgentop, hasParentFormalBodyop

GeneralCommitteec back to ToC or Class ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

Housec back to ToC or Class ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

NonSelectCommitteec back to ToC or Class ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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, workPackageFocusop
is in range of
hasParentWorkPackageop, partOfWorkPackageop, undertakesWorkPackageop

WorkPackageTypec back to ToC or Class ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

formalBodyFocusop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
Allows a Formal Body to focus on different areas.
has domain
FormalBodyc
has range
Focusc

hasAgentop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
Associates a business item with the formal bodies responsible for organising it.
has domain
BusinessItemc
has range
FormalBodyc

hasFocusCategoryop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
Relates a Formal Body to its Focus Category.
has domain
FormalBodyc
has range
FocusCategoryc

hasInquiryScopeop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
Defines the type of a work package where the work package is not an inquiry.
has domain
WorkPackagec
has range
WorkPackageTypec

partOfWorkPackageop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
Assigns a business item to the work package it belongs in. A business item 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
BusinessItemc
has range
WorkPackagec

remitop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

undertakesWorkPackageop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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

workPackageFocusop back to ToC or Object Property ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
Allows a work package to focus on different areas.
has domain
WorkPackagec
has range
Focusc

Data Properties

remitop back to ToC or Data Property ToC

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

is defined by
http://parliament.uk/ontologies/formal-body/
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.