FactGrid:Freemasonry data model

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Wikibase is an extremely flexible software. We can create practically any form of statements on any sort of objects. There are, actually, no "sorts" of objects, just objects of knowledge under Q-Numbers (called "items"). They win qualities through the various statements we make on them. With our statements we state "properties" of the objects.

The open and versatile arrangements allows us to set "labels" and "descriptions" in various languages on both our Q-numbers of items and our P-numbers of properties.

While we can create any statement for any item we should accumulate statements in a wider agreement so that searches get conclusive answers for the whole field of items which we are handling — like our several thousand lodges. This page is there to collect wider agreements on how we make certain statements in the complex sphere of Freemasonry. It is at the same time the page to visit in order to get an idea of searches one can run on our Masonic data.

Lodges

Basic Data

  • "Continuation of" Property:P6 to state a precursor
  • "Continued by" Property:P7 to state a successor
  • "Merger with" Property:P436 to state state other lodges that went into a merger
  • "Includes" Property:P9 if a union like United 5 Lodges of Hamburg needs to be specified

Changing names

  • Use the "alias" function in the header to refer directly to the different names like "Ernst zum Compass" and useful abbreviations
  • "name history" Property:P34 to give a history with dates and sources of name changes

Integration

  • "Mother Lodge" Property:P336 to state the Lodge that founded a particular Lodge. Add qualifiers
  • "Begin date" Property:P49 to state the beginning of the relationship
  • "Specific position" Property:P166 to state that a lodge was acting here as deputy lodge/"Deputationsloge"
  • "Patent granted by Property:P332 to state the Lodge that granted the patent. Add qualifiers
  • "date" Property:P106 to state the date the patent was granted
  • "primary source" to name the Item of the document
  • "Grand Lodge affiliation" Property:P430 to state the Grand Lodge a particular lodge has chosen as the roof organisation
  • "Member of" Property:P91 to state organisational memberships

It is possible to state "Daughter Lodges" with the Property:P335 but the statements will create a redundancy (and more work to keep changing statements in line) as we already mention the "mother lodge" on the daughter's item.

Members

It is possible to state members on the lodge item with Property:P293, but not recommendable since some organisations will have thousands of members, and since it will also be hard work to make sure that we have the same information on the person's side and on the lodge's side. Give the membership information preferably in the item of the particular member.

State on the lodge's side:

  • "founded by" Property:P268 to state the founder(s) of the lodge
  • "founding members" Property:P338 to state the circle of those who began the congregation
  • "In leading positions" Property:P14 to state higher functionaries person by person. Qualify their roles with:
  • "Specific position" Property:P166 to state the specific role like "worshipful master", "secretary" etc.
  • "Begin date" Property:P49 to state the date when the person came into this position
  • "End date" Property:P50 to state when the office terminated
  • "Documented list of members" Property:P327 to state documents and publications that offer lists of members
  • "FactGrid list of members" Property:P320 to set the link of a FactGrid search that creates a list of members

Masonic Systems / Ritual Systems

  • "Instance of" Property:P2 with the statements "masonic system" Item:Q99758 and/ or "ritual system" Item:Q183901
  • "Begin date" Property:P49 to state when the construction of the system began
  • "End date" Property:P50 to state when a system became obsolete
  • "Organisational context" Property:P267 state "Freemasonry" Item:Q10678 if you want the system to be listed under Masonic systems, state more specific contexts as you feel fit
  • "Institution signing responsible" Property:P66 if there is a particular organisation controlling the system
  • "Author" Property:P21 to state those who designed the system
  • "Degree system" Property:P357 to state the different degrees of a system. Useful qualifiers:
  • "Sequence number" Property:P499 to give the career steps in their sequence
  • "Begin date" Property:P49 to state when a degree was first brought into circulation
  • "End date" Property:P50 to state when a degree became obsolete
  • "Documentation" Property:P352 to reference the authoritative contemporary documentation of a degree (use "references" to refer to research literature etc.)
  • "Documentation" Property:P352 to reference the authoritative contemporary documentation of a Masonic system.
  • "Preceding in stemma" Property:P233 if you want to refer to genetic precursors. Qualify with
  • "Connection in stemma" Property:P233 how the system is related to precursors. This will require Q-Numbers for specific genetic relationships such as variation, expansion...

Rituals / Degrees

  • "Instance of" Property:P2 and statements "Masonic degree" Item:Q99568 and/ or "Ritual" Item:Q77545
  • "Begin date" Property:P49 to state the date of composition
  • "End date" Property:P50 to state when a degree became obsolete
  • "Organisational context" Property:P267 state "Freemasonry" Item:Q10678 if you want the ritual/ degree to be listed under "Masonic systems" and state more specific contexts as you feel fit
  • "Institution signing responsible" Property:P66 if there is a particular organisation controlling the ritual
  • "Component in which system?" Property:P327 to mention the system(s) in which this ritual/degree is working
  • "Author" Property:P21 to state those who designed the ritual
  • "Documentation" Property:P352 to reference the authoritative contemporary documentation of the rite/ritual/degree.
  • "Preceding in stemma" Property:P233 if you want to refer to genetic precursors. Qualify with
  • "Connection in stemma" Property:P233 how the rite/degree is related to precursors. This will require Q-Numbers for specific genetic relationships such as "variation", "expansion"...

Freemasons

See Christian Georg von Helmolt Item:Q474 as a example

  • "Member of" Property:P91 — state "Freemsonry" Item:Q10678 to keep all known Freemasons together and state individual lodges in ensuing P91 membership statements. The following qualifiers can be used to be more specific:
  • "Begin date" Property:P49 to state the entry date
  • "End date" Property:P50 to state the termination of a membership
  • "Status of affiliation" Property:P277 if this is critical information as in the case of the "Illuminati" Item:Q81288 where we we took "signed the Revers" as the entry point.
  • "Where did this happen?" Property:P47 to state where the entry took place
  • "Proposed by" Property:P269 to state the person who proposed the membership
  • "Received by" Property:P503 to state the person who mentored the membership process
  • "Proposed to become a member of" Property:P454 especially useful to state admission processes that did not lead to the membership status.
  • Use the qualifiers above to be more specific.
  • "Masonic degree" Property:P447 to state the degrees a person received. Use qualifiers
  • "Begin date" Property:P49 to state the date the person entered this rank
  • "Institution signing responsible" Property:P66 to state the organisation that granted the degree
  • "Begin date" Property:P49 to state the begin of the office
  • "End date" Property:P50 to state the termination of the position
  • "Organisational context" Property:P267 to state the Lodge or organisation in which this office was held.