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numberOfEmployees should be applicable to Organization #456

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danbri opened this issue Apr 28, 2015 · 6 comments
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numberOfEmployees should be applicable to Organization #456

danbri opened this issue Apr 28, 2015 · 6 comments
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@danbri danbri commented Apr 28, 2015

https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-vocabs/2015Apr/0059.html

why is the domain of http://schema.org/numberOfEmployees set to
schema:BusinessAudience? Shouldn't it be schema:Organization instead?

Although https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-vocabs/2015Apr/0060.html points out, some organizations might not have employees (e.g. a Residents' Association, or Anarchists Society, or many kinds of club), there are many kinds of organization for which an employee count is relevant.

Regarding Scope, let's keep this fix simple. Context: It is also worth noting that some organizations have important relationships other than employment, and that schema.org does not enumerate all such relations. For example, the students or alumni of a University are not employees. Similarly with companies and their owners, customers and contractors. If we were to attempt a general approach to counting, we would need to include time as a parameter (and probably model with Role). There are also some discussions around other count-related properties, which like numberOfEmployees are hardcoded for a particular measure at a particular time (e.g. see offerCount, ratingCount, upvoteCount, downvoteCount, answerCount, UserPlays, screenCount, answerCount, wordCount, reviewCount). The point of this paragraph is to argue that a simple fix is the best action at this point.

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  • Add: numberOfEmployees domainIncludes Organization

This is worth doing immediately, without delaying for any broader discussion of other relationship types (e.g. http://schema.org/member), time-indexing, etc. Note that there has also been some discussion about a generalized model for measurement, motivated by modeling concerns around sport, where many different kinds of thing are counted obsessively. See https://www.w3.org/wiki/WebSchemas/Measurement

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@vholland vholland commented Apr 29, 2015

+1 sounds good to me.

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@chaals chaals commented Apr 30, 2015

+1 for the record

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@mfhepp mfhepp commented Apr 30, 2015

It would make sense to include QuantitativeValue to the range of numberOfEmployees, for this will allow ranges (50 - 100 employees), or open intervals (up to 50, at least 5 employees).

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@danbri danbri commented Apr 30, 2015

@mfhepp - I believe we do that already. http://schema.org/numberOfEmployees

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@mfhepp mfhepp commented Apr 30, 2015

You are right, sorry! No need for action.

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@danbri danbri commented Apr 30, 2015

Np, thanks for following the issue tracker :)

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