Wikidata:Property proposal/Curran Index Contributor ID

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Curran Index Contributor ID[edit]

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DescriptionIdentifier for periodical contributors indexed in the Curran Index
Data typeExternal identifier
Allowed valuespositive integer, 1 through infinity (no more than 4 digits for the forseeable future)
Example 1Thomas Hood (Q722533)7
Example 2Eleanora Louisa Hervey (Q24091208)50
Example 3Oscar Wilde (Q30875)3263
Example 4Charles Temple (Q70203685)1889
Example 5Mrs. Taylor (Q72192781)1891
Planned useAdd the ID to the contributors to Once a Week (Q7091757).
Number of IDs in source3263 but expanding
Expected completenessalways incomplete (Q21873886)
Formatter URL$1
See alsoCurran Index Periodical ID


The Curran Index (Q60672267), a continuation of the Wellesley Index, is a useful identifier for authors, since it links to a list of works that Curran Index attributes to them and a brief bio, with sometimes discussion of their authorship. What's more, they have index entries for a number of unidentified contributors such as someone known only as "Mrs. Taylor" (example 5 above). It may be necessary to create an item for that author if they have a page on Wikisource, as Mrs. Taylor does; adding the Curran ID makes the item more distinct and useful. Examples 4 and 5 above show how I've gone about creating items for unidentified authors in the past. Levana Taylor (talk) 00:40, 21 March 2020 (UTC)