The core property for holding political office is position held (P39) (
member of should not be used for this). (P463)
Three different "levels" of
position held data tend to be used, depending on the quality of data sources, and the richness of information required:
Level 1 [ edit ]
Uses a single standard membership property, e.g.
member of the European Parliament , and no qualifiers. This is very common when bulk-importing data on politicians, e.g. from Wikipedia Categories, and is very useful base information.
Level 2 [ edit ]
position held statement is qualified with (P39) start time and (P580) end time . This is a substantial improvement on Level 1, as it lets us know when someone held office, not simply that they did hold office.
Level 3 [ edit ]
position held statements for each mandate:
Although slightly more complicated to enter, this form allows for much richer data that is usually easier to query.
Other highly recommended qualifiers on
position held statements include: