Wikidata:Property proposal/Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina ID

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Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina ID[edit]

Originally proposed at Wikidata:Property proposal/Authority control

DescriptionIdentifier for Latin hagiographical works
RepresentsBibliotheca Hagiographica Latina (Q856424)
Data typeExternal identifier
Domainhagiography (Q208628)
Allowed values\d+[a-z]*
Example 1Vita sancti Wilfrithi (Q4014867)8889
Example 2Vita sancti Columbae (Q50142376)1886
Example 3Miracula Nyniae episcopi (Q6872518)6240b
Example 4Vita sancti Niniani (Q7936703)6239
External linksUse in sister projects: [ar][de][en][es][fr][he][it][ja][ko][nl][pl][pt][ru][sv][vi][zh][commons][species][wd].
Planned useControl for increasing coverage of literary works (especially anonymous).
Number of IDs in sourceabout 13,000
Expected completenesseventually complete (Q21873974)
Formatter URL$1
Robot and gadget jobsAll items with this ID should have instance of (P31) = literary work (Q7725634); genre (P136) = hagiography (Q208628); and language of work or name (P407) = Latin (Q397).


Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina is a catalogue of identifiers for Latin hagiographical works, originally published in the 19th century and updated on several occasions since then. Scholarly literature has referred to these identifiers for over a hundred years. Many of these works are in VIAF, but not all; and in some cases other authorities conflate works.

In their published form, there are no leading zeroes (e.g. publications refer to BHL 37, BHL 442c), but the online version requires four digits to resolve correctly (0037, 0442c); is there a way to have the formatter URL handle this? AndrewNJ (talk) 11:09, 30 January 2020 (UTC)

Addendum: it turns out there are two different ways for resolving these, either through the original BHL site (see e.g. BHL 6239) or the Brepols Clavis Clavium database (their version of BHL 6239). I am assuming that the latter is more desirable, since it does not require the leading zeroes. AndrewNJ (talk) 15:41, 12 February 2020 (UTC)


  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Gerwoman (talk) 09:59, 1 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. Nomen ad hoc (talk) 20:12, 2 February 2020 (UTC).
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Trade (talk) 22:59, 3 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support sure. --Epìdosis 20:36, 13 February 2020 (UTC)
  • @AndrewNJ: I tried to create this property but an automatic check failed: example value "8889" does not match regular expression [\d+][a-z]* (up to four digits followed by two optional lowercase letters). Please fix your proposal and your property will be created shortly. This is an automated message but do not hesitate to ping me if you need any help. − Pintoch (talk) 09:51, 14 February 2020 (UTC)
  • removed the explanatory text in the format field. − Pintoch (talk) 10:15, 14 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Still not working: "8889" does not match regular expression [\d+][a-z]*. − Pintoch (talk) 10:38, 14 February 2020 (UTC)

@Nomen ad hoc, Epìdosis, Trade, Gerwoman, AndrewNJ: ✓ Done: Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina ID (P7924). − Pintoch (talk) 10:39, 14 February 2020 (UTC)