On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 1:43 PM, Jonathan Groß <jgross85(a)googlemail.com> wrote:
At Lydia's presentation in Cologne I talked about
using persondata for
Yay you made it to the list ;-)
I guess I'm not the first & only one to think
about that, but
since I'm new to the list, I thought I should share my opinion with you. In
Wikipedia (as well as in the German Wikisource, for one) there are two uses
of standardized data affiliated with persons which should be implemented in
1) Persondata http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorlage:Personendaten
implemented in a lot of Wikipedias and also widely used (first by the German
Wikipedia, then others followed). The template features Name, Alternative
Name(s), Short Description (like "Dutch Politician"), Date of Birth, Place
of Birth, Date of Death, Place of Death. Somebody should write some code to
have this information drawn to Wikidata. Ask APPER
), he's an expert on this.
2) Authority Control or "Normdaten"
): Wikipedia is listing
Authority Control Numbers from a variety of institutions. This is most
widely used on persons, but there are also corporations, events, and so on.
Again, this is implemented and used in a lot of Wikipedias but most widely
at the German Wikipedia. Since April 2012, it features the type of data (p =
Person, k = Corporation, v = Event, etc.) and some authority control
numbers, most common GND (Gemeinsame Normdatei) but also LCCN (Library of
Congress Control Number), NDL (Web NDL Authorities), and VIAF (Virtual
International Authority File). Since 2006, the German Wikipedia cooperates
with the German National Library which is working on the GND. Wikipedia has
a page where users can report errors in the GND so that the library
employees can correct them (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:PND/F
Unfortunately, I'm no programmer and I cannot help with drawing this pile of
data to Wikidata. But I think the Wikidata staff should put this item on
It isn't something the team doing the initial development will do as
that is outside the scope of its work. However the necessary API will
be provided for someone else to write scripts to do this. There are
many people on this list who said they'd be interested in doing some
coding work. I'd say this would be a nice thing to do. (Keep in mind
however that the necessary stuff on the Wikidata side isn't
implemented yet as this is work for phase 2.)
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
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