[foaf-dev] relationship vocabulary suggestions for improvement

Whitley, Zachary C. Zachary.Whitley at jhuapl.edu
Tue Feb 16 20:41:12 CET 2010

> Do those people actually have an employment relationship with
> themselves. In other words do they hire themselves? Is the term
> self-employment just named that way because it is analagous to
> employment, rather than because it is a type of employment?

> Wikipedia includes Black's Law Dictionary's definition of employee as:
> "A person in the service of another under any contract of hire,
> express or implied, oral or written, where the employer has the power
> or right to control and direct the employee in the material details of
> how the work is to be performed."

> That suggests a relationship between two different parties.

Fair enough but the United States IRS defines it as: 

You are self-employed if any of the following apply to you.

    * You carry on a trade or business as a sole proprietor or an independent contractor.
    * You are a member of a partnership that carries on a trade or business.
    * You are otherwise in business for yourself.


If it is the case that employment is between two different parties how would you express that you work for yourself? The law doesn't seem to have a problem referring to the same physical person as different legal entities is which case being employed by yourself isn't so strange.

I'd imagine trying to make a law ontology could get really interesting.

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