reportsTo in the Org Ontology

Dear All,

I am currently joining the GLD working group and looking forward to

I have a special interest in the Org Ontology as we have been working on
the modelling of organizational structures, roles and the concept of
organization from the perspective of foundational ontologies. (See refs

The first thing that caught my attention was the "reportTo" relation in
the Org ontology.

Currently, the domain and range are a union of foaf:Agent and org:Post.
(Where in the previous April 2012 version it was only foaf:Agent).

In my opinion, foaf:Agent should be excluded from the domain and range,
because "reportsTo" is always a relation in the scope of organizations and
never a relation of Agents outside the context of membership in an
organization. Let me clarify this with an example: Alex may report to Joćo
Paulo in the scope of his membership to UFES, but Joćo Paulo may report to
Alex in the scope of his membership to The Victoria Chess Club.

So the domain and range of "reportsTo" should be foaf:Membership or
foaf:Post (or the union).

Joćo Paulo A. Almeida

Federal University of Espķrito Santo (UFES)
Ontology and Conceptual Modelling Research Group (NEMO)
Computer Science Department
+55 (27) 4009-2132 / +55 (27) 9238-7828


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