Administrative Arrangement Orders ontology
This is an OWL2 ontology that models the elements within the Australian Government's Administrative Arrangement Orders (AAOs).
This ontology and instance data have been created for the Longitudinal Spine of Government Functions project which is a Platforms for Open Data-funded project involving CSIRO, the Department of Finance, the National Archives of Australia and other interested agencies.
A sample dataset using this ontology is available.
This ontology is based on the current structure of an AAO instance as listed at the Federal Register of Legislation, e.g. AAO for "2nd Gillard Adminstration" . A comprehensive archive of AAOs is also available from the National Archives of Australia.
- Au Org Ontology - for definitions of Departments and Portfolios
- OWL-Time - for temporal intervals and relations
- Commonwealth Record Series system ontology
AAO is composed of a set of numbered
Parts, each relating to a single
Department of State which provides a list of the
matters dealt with and the
legislation administered by the department. Each
Matter is expressed as a text phrase. Each item of
Legislation is either (i) one dated
Act optionally excluding one or more
parts, or (ii) one or more parts of an Act. Thus, the ontology includes classes for each of these concepts:
Figure: The AAO ontology's main classes and properties.
Adminstrative Arrangement Order
is an Administrative Arrangements Order. When issued, it replaces the previous AAO. The time interval that it is in force is indicated using
dct:temporal and ends when it is replaced. It is subject to amendment by a
is an Association Class which
- links the department to the matters and legislation that it is responsible for while this AAO is in force
- asserts the existence of a matter specified using the given wording, while this AAO is in force
Legislation and matters
Administered legislation refers to an
leg:Act, optionally with excluded parts that are administered by another department.
is the superclass of acts, legislative-, notifiable-, and prerogative-instruments, which are listed in the Federal Register of Legislation.
is an Act of Parliament. The year that it was enacted is indicated by the
dct:date. An Act is composed of one or more
is a collection which refers to either
leg:Act-Part(s), else to
- a group of
leg:Act-Partexcluded from the administrative responsibility of another department.
is an area of responsibility denoted by its
rdfs:label which is a descriptive phrase.
A key question is how
aao:Matter relates to
agrif:Function (which is defined as part of the Commonwealth Record Series system ontology.
The description of each Department of State should be formalized as an
auorg:DepartmentOfState using the Au Org Ontology.
Each department is part of a
- aao.ttl - the formal RDF (turtle) ontology document
- aao.html - a human-readable, HTML, from the ontology document (TBD)
- aao.png - a top-level diagram of the ontology classes
- aao.shacl.ttl - a SHACL shape graph for validating AAO data (TBD)
- aao.profile.ttl - a Profiles Ontology description of this ontology (TBD)
- auorg.ttl the AU Org Ontology
Responsibility for Functions
PROV-O provides a standard formalization of the relationships between Entities (e.g. Legislation), Agents (e.g. Departments and Agencies) and Activities.
The main classes in the AAO ontology can be aligned to the W3C PROV Ontology as shown in the following diagram:
Figure: provisional alignment of the principal classes from the AAO Ontology with PROV-O.
ORG provides a standard formalization of organizational structures, organizational change events, and the relationships between persons and organizations.
The main classes in the AAO ontology can be aligned to the W3C Organization Ontology as shown in the following diagram:
Figure: provisional alignment of the principal classes from the AAO Ontology with ORG.
The time interval during which an AAO is in force will be related to other time intervals describing aspects of government, such as
The relationships between these may be described following the relationships defined by Allen:
This ontology and all other content in this repository are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) (local copy of deed: LICENSE).
Data preparation & modelling:
Department of Finance