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Security and Privacy Ontology

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This page is intended to provide a focal point for the Security and Privacy Ontology Project; a hub for connecting to its artifacts, discussions, status and links to related projects and work groups. Most of the technical content for this project will be contained within its artifacts which will be linked to on this page and stored on GForge or other wikis. This page will provide sufficient content for project and document organization.


The scope of the project was defined by the answers to a set of scoping questions.

Project Documentation

Approved Project Scope Statement

Ontology Development Methodology

This methodology has been derived from a guideused by the Protégé team and demonstrates a basic model development process that shares some steps with HL7 HDF. The draft was written from the standpoint of developing an ontology from scratch.

Use Cases

Access Control Based on Category of Action

Access Control Based on Category of Object

Access Control Based on Category of Structural Role

Access Control Based on Category of Functional Role

Access Control Based on Multiple Role Values

Enable Design of Access Control System

Facilitate an Automated Decision Function

Other Ontologies

Situation-Based Access Control


This project uses the Protege-OWL editor which can be downloaded at: Protege 4.0


An introduction to Description Language, OWL and Protege: OWL, Protege and Security-Privacy Ontology

Draft Ontology

This is where updates to the ontology will be posted each week by Tony Weida.

  • The Security-Privacy Ontology expressed in OWL 2 and suitable for viewing with the Protégé 4.1 OWL Editor: First Draft - 09/02/2010
  • Word document with screenshots and other information for those not using Protégé: Word document 09/02/2010

Related Projects

HL7 SOA Ontology WG


W3C OWL 2 Specification
OASIS Reference Ontology for Semantic Service Oriented Architectures