Just FYI - I have proposed Wikidata to adjust their API to match the rest
of the MW API -
Wikidata thinks that generally it's a good approach, but don't have any
extra hands on deck to actually do it, and are looking for volunteers :)
On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 12:46 AM, Mixter,Jeff <mixterj(a)oclc.org> wrote:
I am trying to query the Wikidata api using the
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
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
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?
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