Wikidata:WikiProject every politician/P39 model

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The core property for holding political office is position held (P39) (member of (P463) should not be used for this).

Three different "levels" of position held (P39) 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 (Q27169), and no qualifiers. This is very common when bulk-importing data on politicians, e.g. from Wikipedia Categories, and is very useful base information.

position held (P39)
Normal rank member of the European Parliament (Q27169) Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
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Level 2[edit]

The position held (P39) statement is qualified with start time (P580) and end time (P582). This is a substantial improvement on Level 1, as it lets us know when someone held office, not simply that they did hold office.

position held (P39)
Normal rank member of the European Parliament (Q27169) Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
start time 20 July 2004
end time 21 October 2013
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Level 3[edit]

Separate position held (P39) statements for each mandate:

position held (P39)
Normal rank member of the European Parliament (Q27169) Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
parliamentary term Sixth European Parliament (Q4642661)
start time 20 July 2004
end time 13 July 2009
elected in European Parliament election in 2004 (Q1331918)
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Normal rank member of the European Parliament (Q27169) Arbcom ru editing.svg edit
parliamentary term Seventh European Parliament (Q4644021)
start time 14 July 2009
end time 21 October 2013
elected in European Parliament election, 2009 (Q210152)
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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 (P39) statements include:

Notes: