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3311Re: [TaxoCoP] Most common facets used within organisations

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  • Gabriel Tanase
    Nov 4, 2009
      Leonard, all,

      In the data(base) conceptual modeling arena <Party> is the most frequently used term, as a super-type of both Person and Organisation. See Silverston's books on Data Model Patterns.
      Furthermore, the concept of <Party Role> is closely associated with <Party>.

      E.g. a "Customer" is a <Party Role>, i.e. the role that a <Person> party (Joe SixPack) plays in the context of an <Company> organization party (ACME Inc., whose customer Joe SixPack becomes at a given point in time).
      The role of <Customer> may or may not depend on the existence of a legal arrangement (contract) between the company Party and the person Party.
      A <Party Role> is always related to a <Party> that plays that role in a specific context of at least one other <Party>.


      Admittedly, as a term <Party> is not much better than <Agent> or <Actor>.
      The conceptual data models make heavy use of subtyping under both <Party> and <Party Role> to represent the usual business terms of Customer, Supplier, Service Provider, Beneficiary, Company, Not-for-Profit Organization, Household etc. etc.


      Regards,
      Gabriel
      http://www.linkedin.com/in/gabrieltanase


      2009/11/3 Leonard Will <L.Will@...>  
      [...]
      3. It is difficult to find a term to name a facet to which people and
      organisations both belong: "agent" can give the misleading impression
      that it needs to be the pro-active member in a process; "actor" is
      liable to misinterpretation. Has anyone found a good term for this?

      Leonard

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