Property talk:P214

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identifier in the Virtual International Authority File. Format: up to 22 digits
Represents VIAF identifier (Q19832964), Virtual International Authority File (Q54919)
Associated item Online Computer Library Center (Q190593)
Data type External identifier
Template parameter en:Template:Authority control: "VIAF" - Template:Authority control (Q3907614)
Domain persons, places... (note: this should be moved to the property statements)
Allowed values [1-9]\d(\d{0,7}|\d{17,20}) (2 or more digits (not starting by 0), or none)
Example Stan Lauryssens (Q447070)120062731 (RDF)
Louis Antoine de Pardaillan de Gondrin (Q8056)15 (RDF)
Boeing (Q66)150088538 (RDF)
Cairo (Q85)240782041 (RDF)
Cathedral of Santa Maria d'Urgell (Q951104)9972147907520779210008 (RDF)
Jean-Louis Foncine (Q3166765)44298806 (RDF), 214796741 (RDF) and 198592695 (RDF)
Douglas Adams (Q42)113230702 (RDF)
Formatter URL$1
Tracking: differences Category:VIAF different on Wikidata (Q16300230)
Tracking: usage Category:Pages using Wikidata property P214 (Q8709085)
Tracking: local yes, WD no Category:VIAF not on Wikidata (Q16300231)
Proposal discussion Property proposal/Archive/3#P214
Current uses 1,137,724
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Not all VIAF numbers are valid. Please note:

VIAF identifier
  1. VIAF 120062731 Stan Lauryssens = Yes
  2. VIAF 293348885 Stan Lauryssens ("undifferentiated") = No

Compare: GND identifier (Property:P227)

  1. GND 1019646128: Stan Lauryssens (b. 1946), type p (person) = Yes
  2. GND 122968751: Stan Lauryssens (no info), type n (name) = No
Format “([1-9]\d{1,8}|[1-9]\d{18,21}|)”: value must be formatted using this pattern (PCRE syntax).
List of this constraint violations: Database reports/Constraint violations/P214#Format, hourly updated report, SPARQL
Conflicts with “instance of (P31): Wikimedia disambiguation page (Q4167410), Wikimedia category (Q4167836), discography (Q273057): this property must not be used with listed properties and values.
List of this constraint violations: Database reports/Constraint violations/P214#Conflicts with P31, hourly updated report, SPARQL
Distinct values: this property likely contains a value that is different from all other items.
Exceptions are possible as rare values may exist.
List of this constraint violations: Database reports/Constraint violations/P214#distinct values, SPARQL (every item), SPARQL (by value)
Qualifiers “retrieved (P813), pseudonym (P742), married name (P2562), birth name (P1477), named as (P1810), reason for deprecation (P2241), official name (P1448), different from (P1889): this property should be used only with listed qualifiers.
List of this constraint violations: Database reports/Constraint violations/P214#Allowed qualifiers, hourly updated report, SPARQL
Single value: this property generally contains a single value.
Exceptions are possible as rare values may exist. Known exceptions: Jean-Louis Foncine (Q3166765)
List of this constraint violations: Database reports/Constraint violations/P214#single value, SPARQL

Error reports

See en:Wikipedia:VIAF/errors. Please note that VIAF retrieves Wikidata mappings periodically and rebuilds their clusters based on that (at least for items about persons). VIAF identifiers can be merged based on that or component moved to other VIAF identifiers.

Ideally this information should be moved to the item for the reference and be transcluded from there.

Error type Item(s) affected Description/Duplicates Exception Reported Resolved (also unpublished) Resolved and published Wikidata updated
Our Lady of Victories Church (Q1280925) The VIAF ID is linking to the wrong item, it's for something in a completely different country. VIAF originally had a different (probably correct) ID but changed it for some reason.
Manoel Theatre (Q576800) The item has two IDs which should be merged. The BIBSYS ID linked from 289802221 is wrong.

Summary report by property only[edit]

This property is being used by:

Please notify projects that use this property before big changes (renaming, deletion, merge with another property, etc.)


Add Open Library to Authority Control[edit]

Hello -- due to GerardM (talkcontribslogs)'s great outreach work with Open Library, the Open Library authority control, which makes discoverable the largest resource of freely licensed books online, is now available. I would like to ask for this Open Library ID to be included in the Authority control -- and specifically the Authority control template in English (and other) Wikipedias.... -- Erika aka BrillLyle (talk) 07:14, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

@BrillLyle: Added Semantic Scholar (Resarchers) and Open Library (Others). Also sorted both sections --Vladimir Alexiev (talk) 10:52, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
This request is misplaced. Requests for changes on "English (and other) Wikipedias" need to be made on the respective Wikipedia. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:08, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

I think that this discussion is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, don't hesitate to replace this template with your comment. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:08, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

added married name as a qualifier[edit]

As we have name (default, presumably birth name) and pseudonym, we need to manage cases where a married name is different from the default name. Added it as an acceptable qualifier.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:39, 31 May 2017 (UTC)

similarly birth name (P1477) where married name is the default for the control, and we need to qualify the other.  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:25, 13 June 2017 (UTC)
added named as (P1810) as it is equivalent to the alternatives and would be used for organisations.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:56, 11 July 2017 (UTC)
added official name (P1448) as an subject name alternative and different from (P1889) and to pair with deprecation  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:57, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Wouldn't named as (P1810) be sufficent? The item of the person itself could have the others.
    --- Jura 04:27, 21 October 2017 (UTC)
    @Jura1: I have just adding what people have used as their qualifiers (and as showing up on the constraint reports) and as what seemed reasonable. "named as" is free text, others aren't. <shrug> I was more tidying and highlighting my actions rather than guiding policy.  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:12, 21 October 2017 (UTC)