I am trying to query the Wikidata api using the following action: action=query&generator=search&gsrsearch. The query works but what I want back as a result is  human readable data about the entity. See below results:


I was expecting it to work that same a the wikipedia api. I can ask for various properties from the Wikipedia page. See below:


So what I would expect is to get back human readable labels and descriptions (when applicable) from the api (the same way you do with a wbsearchentities query). I wanted to just use the wbsearchentities action but the index seems to be acting odd (it looks like it is a prefix search or something like that).

For example if I do a entity search for 'columbus' one of the results is Columbus Ohio and the results include human readable strings:


But if I add Ohio to the search query the only result is for "Columbus Ohio Temple".


The issue that I am running into is that I am trying to match oddly formatted entity labels (It's library authority data...) to entities in Wikidata and I really do not want to do much string manipulation on the original entity label.

Does anyone have any solutions or suggestions?


Jeff Mixter
Software Engineer
OCLC Research