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Organization Ontology, Privacy Policy Use Cases for Government

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 11:06:04 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <486721.70901.qm@web112602.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>
To: Dave Reynolds <dave.e.reynolds@googlemail.com>
Cc: Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>, public-egov-ig@w3.org
In most Organizations, Rank Has It's Privileges (RHIP) and this affects Access to and Disclosure of data. Government Policies present some unique Access challenges.

These include, from a LOD perspective, that "Disclosure" is another Organization's Access. For Governments there is a clear distinction in membership and rank upon which to base Access Policy.  No such clear distinction exists in a Commercial Environment, where the threat of what the "enlisted ranks" might do to each other with Access abuse is of minimal concern to the Organization.

There are five use cases for Disclosure or External Access, in two groups:

Group 1 Official Agency Roles
   Personal Preference        1.1 (Office Description)
   Personal Preference (RHIP) 1.2 (Office Holder Details)
   Service Consumer           1.3 (Agency Confidential Service Details)
Group 2 Enlisted Role (Citizenship)
   Service Consumer           2.1 (Agency Confidential Service Details)
   Anonymous                  2.2 (Nothing)

While it may be that the full complications do not arise in every Mash-Up or LD Dataset, the Organizational Ontology can be tweaked to address all concerns should they arise.  This is not the sort of problem that should be allowed to "sneak up" on us.

--Gannon  

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We would like to announce the availability of an ontology for 
description of organizational structures including government organizations.

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