Annotation is an Optional Feature of BOVS Diagrams. It allows you to label Arrows to be more specific about the relationships they represent.
Annotations are text labels that appear alongside Arrows. They may appear at the start, middle or end of the Arrow; whatever is unambiguous and the clearest in each situation (this is usually the start).
Where the relationship is an interest, the annotation label is written in a standard way:
Annotations respect the Chirality rule, that is:
Where the relationship is not an interest, the annotation label should be written in the active voice. For instance, an Arrow connecting a mother and daughter, which proceeds from the mother to to the daughter, would mean “is the mother of”, and could be labelled “Mother”.
You might also choose to use an icon instead of text, in which case you should include a key.
Non-interest annotations can be written on either side of the Arrow.
Interest Annotations across your diagram must use a consistent detail level. Annotations may either qualify interests or additionally quantify them. In most cases, you should prefer to provide full detail, that is, to quantify interests.
Annotations indicate if the nature of interest is ownership, control or both; but they do not indicate the strength of interest.
If your diagram also has an Interest Focus, omit all annotations except those to mark Unknown or Unquantifiable interests (see below).
Annotations additionally indicate the strength of ownership or control.
If your diagram also has an Interest Focus, omit the nature of interest and write the strength (percentage) only.
All relevant interests in your diagram must be annotated.
You may choose to add interest Arrows that connect distant Parties, and annotate these. These are Indirect Arrows.
If a Stack appears at a Node you are considering to be relevant, you must annotate the Node with a summary of the interests within the Stack. This ensures the interest flow along the Chain remains clear.
Where an Entity Stack appears along a relevant Chain:
Where a Owner Stack appears along a relevant Chain:
If the nature of interest is unknown:
If the strength of interest is unknown, and you are quantifying interests:
If the strength has uncertainty in it:
If there is an unquantifiable interest: