The Person Core Vocabulary provides a minimum set of classes and properties for describing a natural
person, i.e. the individual as opposed to any role they may play in society or the relationships they
have to other people, organisations and property; all of which contribute significantly to the broader
concept of identity.
The Person Core Vocabulary was developed under the ISA Programme of the European Union and
all documentation is available on the European Commission's
This vocabulary was not developed by a W3C group and its publication does not imply endorsement
by the W3C Membership. Terms MAY be deprecated or their definitions clarified but they will
not be deleted (see the W3C Persistence Policy).
The vocabulary MAY be further developed by a future group.
Copyright © 2012 European Commission
The vocabulary is published under the European Commission
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Summary of terms
The Person Core Vocabulary defines one the following terms.
|comment||An individual person who may be dead or alive, but not imaginary.
It is that restriction that makes person:Person a sub class of both foaf:Person and
schema:Person which both cover imaginary characters as well as real people.|
|comment||Patronymic names are important in some countries. Iceland does not have a concept of family name in the way that many other European countries do, for example. In Bulgaria and Russia, patronymic names are in every day usage, for example, the "Sergeyevich" (Сергеевич) in "Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev" (Михаил Сергеевич Горбачёв).|
|comment||All data associated with an individual are subject to change. Names can change for a variety of reasons, either formally or informally, and new information may come to light that means that a correction or clarification can be made to an existing record. Birth names tend to be persistent however and for this reason they are recorded by some public sector information systems. There is no granularity for birth name - the full name should be recorded in a single field.|
|comment||The citizenship relationship links a Person to a Jurisdiction that has conferred citizenship rights on the individual such as the right to vote, to receive certain protection from the community or the issuance of a passport. Multiple citizenships are recorded as multiple instances of the citizenship relationship.|