Qualifiers are used in order to further describe or refine the value of a property given in a statement. Note that a statement should still provide useful data even without a qualifier; the qualifier is just there to provide additional information.
Like statements and references, qualifiers also consist of a property and a value.
When to use qualifiers
While it would be convenient if we could express all the data for all the potential use-cases of Wikidata with simple statements consisting of a single property-value pair, this is not always possible. Many statements require further qualifiers in order to be adequately and accurately expressed in Wikidata.
Qualifier can modify what an item means ("France - excluding Adélie Land"), indicate how the value of a property was determined ("Population - method estimation"), constrain the validity of the value ("Population - as of 2011"), or offer further details that cannot otherwise be expressed using simple property-value pairs ("Austria: Religion Catholic - Percentage 64.8%", "Goldfinger: starring Sean Connery - role James Bond", or "Louis XIV: King of France - From 14 May 1643 – To 1 September 1715").
Qualifiers are also used to indicate the consensus value (if there is one).
For multiple values
Wikidata allows for items to have multiple values per property. For certain statements—such as the children of a person or the official languages of a country—it is perfectly reasonable to have multiple values which may not be qualified in any way.
However, it is also possible for items to have statements with multiple values when only really one value is expected for the property. When an item ideally should have only one value—for example, the population of a city—but has multiple values, then qualifiers should be used in order to indicate further information about the values, such as when the values date from, how they were determined, what exactly they refer to, and so on.
For disputed items & community consensus
In case of disputes, community consensus ultimately determines the value of a property, however other points of view can be added as additional values using qualifiers (as well as sources). Ranks can also be used; if a consensus exists, it should be indicated by a preferred rank. For more information on ranks, please see Help:Ranking.
Please note that disputes should be discussed on the item's discussion page. Edit warring over values is not acceptable.
For single values
Qualifiers can also be used for statements with just a single value in order to further specify the application of a property, to constrain the validity of the value, or to give additional details about the value (such as at what point of time the values are/were accurate).
- qualifier to specify the application of the property
- qualifier to constrain the validity of the value(s)
- Berlin (Q64) (item)
- population (P1082) (property) → 3,500,000 (property value)
- population (P1082) (property) → 3,440,441 (property value)
- qualifier to give additional details about the value
- qualifier to specify the value
How to add qualifiers
Qualifiers are added to an item page—in this case, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (Q232009)—under the Statements section and in the following way:
For related Help pages, see:
- Help:Statements, which explains what statements are and what rules they follow
- Help:Sources, which explains what sources are and what rules they follow
For additional information and guidance, see:
- Project chat, for discussing all and any aspects of Wikidata
- Wikidata:Glossary, the glossary of terms used in this and other Help pages
- Help:FAQ, frequently asked questions asked and answered by the Wikidata community
- Help:Contents, the Help portal featuring all the documentation available for Wikidata