This page discusses a proposal extending schema.org to introduce the notion that a 'LocalBusiness' may have different departments.
The motivation is to allow representation of the department name, phone numbers, and opening hours for each department within a local business branch (see the websites of uhaul, walmart, and usps for examples of where this could be useful). (e.g. try '90210' into locator in https://www.usps.com/ or http://www.uhaul.com/Locations/ ...
It seems common to have different contact info, opening hours etc, for different service offerings within the same larger branch. The proposed representation is to introduce a new property, "department", on LocalBusiness (and a convenience inverse, "departmentOf"). That property's target type would be:
Thing > Organization > LocalBusiness > LocalBusinessDepartment
We have a sketched proposal here. Next steps:
- circulate on public-vocabs, to schema.org partners, and interested W3C groups (e.g. eGov)
- make some (realistic) examples
- check scope of definition (LocalBusiness, Organization); confirm property/type names
- w.r.t. hasUnit from the W3C Org vocab; v close, but schema.org does not use the 'hasFoo' naming idiom (declare samePropertyAs?).
- is this peculiar to LocalBusiness, or would we potentially want the same for any Organization?
- Organization ontology, http://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-org/#overview-of-ontology
- RegisteredOrganization, http://www.w3.org/TR/vocab-regorg/#overview-of-the-vocabulary (created to represent formal business registry data)
- work to reconcile/link these is ongoing, see http://www.w3.org/2011/gld/track/issues/45
- a new type, LocalBusinessDepartment (inherits name, phone numbers, and opening hours from LocalBusiness, and adds just one new property)
- add 'department' to existing LocalBusiness type (perhaps also to Organization)
- a new property, departmentOf ("The larger organization or business to which this department belongs."), whose value is LocalBusiness (potentially Organization instead, but consistent with whatever we say for 'department')