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Vocabulary Of Attribution and Governance

VOAG stands for "Vocabulary Of Attribution and Governance". The ontology is intended to specify licensing, attribution, provenance and governance of an ontology. VOAG captures many common license types and their restrictions. Where a license requires attribution, VOAG provides resources that allow the attribution should be made. Provenance is defined in terms of source and pedigree. A miminal model of governance is provided based on how issues, releases and changes are managed. VOAG does not import, but makes uses of some concepts from VOID (http://vocab.deri.ie/void), notably void:Dataset.

Ontology Metadata

VOAG Catalog Entry

Catalog Entry

An 'Attribution' specifies how credit should be given when citing the creators of a piece of work. Attribution must use the specified attribution text and optionally use logos that are provided in the attribution details below., with the names of points of contact.

Attribution text should be stated as follows:

"The LinkedModel VOAG Ontology is issued under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 United States License. Attribution should be made to <a href="http://www.topquadrant.com">TopQuadrant, Inc.</a>"

TopQuadrant attribution

Governance VOAG

Governance concerns how an artifact is provisioned and managed over its lifecycle. Governance also concerns the status tracking and processes that need to exist on information objects and services for a successful initiaitve, mission, program, or project. Such governance needs to outline the relationships between all internal and external groups involved, describe the proper flow of information regarding to all stakeholders, ensure the appropriate review of issues encountered and ensure that required approvals and direction are obtained at each appropriate stage.

VOAG Provenance

Provenance specifies the origin or source of some artifact. The primary purpose of provenance is to capture the time, place, and if appropriate the person responsible, for the creation, production or provisioning of The artifact. Provenance also captures a record of how a version may have been superceded by another version of the artifact.


Pedigree captures aspects of an artifact that have to do with maturity, quality, salience, and accredidation.