Data Privacy Vocabularies and Controls Community Group (DPVCG) repository

Community Group (W3C) wiki


Major changes as described by: 1) #99 including non-personal data; and 2) #107 repo restructuring – are planned to be implemented from 30 SEP 2023. If you wish to raise issues or objections, please do so before then.

The mission of the W3C Data Privacy Vocabularies and Controls CG (DPVCG) is to develop a taxonomy of privacy and data protection related terms, which include in particular terms from the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), such as a taxonomy of personal data as well as a classification of purposes (i.e., purposes for data collection), and events of disclosures, consent, and processing such personal data.

Newcomers to the DPV are recommended to start with the Primer to familiarise themselves with the concepts, semantics, and usefulness of the DPV.

License: All work produced by DPVCG and provided through this repo or elsewhere is provided by contributors under the W3C Document License. A copy of the license is provided in the LICENSE.md file.

Contributing: See contributing.md


latest release

Releases are provided through the GitHub feature at https://github.com/w3c/dpv/releases. These contained zipped collections of DPV specifications, modules, extensions, and accompanying documents, categorised by serialisation. Currently, the following types of releases are provided:

Final Reports

The following vocabularies are being published as v1 and final reports of the group:

DPV Family of Documents

Core documents:

Note: Newcomers to the DPV are strongly recommended to first read through the Primer to familiarise themselves with the semantics and concepts of DPV.

Serialisations of DPV:

Extensions to Concepts:

Guides and Tutorials

Other Resources:

Related Links

Data Privacy Vocabulary (DPV)

The Data Privacy Vocabulary provides terms (classes and properties) to annotate and categorize instances of legally compliant personal data handling according to the EU General Data Protection Regulation. This scope could be extended by later versions to other data and privacy protection regulations.

The vocabulary provides terms to describe:

The namespace for DPV terms is http://www.w3id.org/dpv# with suggested prefix dpv. The IRI for DPV is currently redirected to serve the files hosted in this repository from GitHub pages i.e. https://w3c.github.io/dpv/dpv/ (thanks to @bert-github for setting this up). Content-negotiation should therefore be supported for all files/serialisations of the DPV and its modules.

DPV and Modules

The term ‘DPV’ represents the entire vocabulary - with its concepts and terms as defined in the specification. Serialisations for this in rdf+xml, json-ld, and turtle are provided. The ‘modules’ in DPV are separate files for each of the hierarchies and concept taxonomies - for example ‘purposes’. These are defined in the rdf folder with serialisations for each module. The core or base vocabulary or ontology is defined containing the top-level classes and data model (i.e. PersonalDataHandling).

Getting help and assistance

If you’re unsure about something, or would like clarifications, or suggestions - please communicate with us or open an issue. We would be happy to help.