Wikidata:Property proposal/Kobo author ID

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Kobo author ID[edit]

Originally proposed at Wikidata:Property proposal/Authority control

   Not done
Descriptionidentifier for an author, on the Kobo website
RepresentsKobo Inc. (Q389251)
Data typeExternal identifier
Domainhuman (Q5)
Allowed values[a-z]+(\-[a-z]+)?
Example 1Douglas Adams (Q42)douglas-adams
Example 2George Orwell (Q3335)george-orwell
Example 3J. K. Rowling (Q34660)jk-rowling
External linksUse in sister projects: [de][en][es][fr][it][ja][ko][nl][pl][pt][ru][sv][vi][zh][commons][species][wd].
Number of IDs in source1000s
Expected completenessalways incomplete (Q21873886)
Formatter URL$1
Robot and gadget jobsMix'n'Match?
See alsoWikidata:Property proposal/Kobo narrator ID


Kobo is a leading e-book and audio-book supplier. Note that the links given in the examples are valid, but re-direct to search pages. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 17:27, 30 March 2019 (UTC)


  • Symbol oppose vote oversat.svg Strong oppose WM does not organize a directory for private businesses. --Eihel (talk) 20:58, 30 March 2019 (UTC)
    You seem to misunderstand several things; not least: this proposal, Wikidata's purpose, and current practice (Amazon author ID (P4862), Google Books ID (P675), iTunes album ID (P2281), Spotify album ID (P2205)). Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:40, 30 March 2019 (UTC)
    April Fools' Day (Q80949) --Eihel (talk) 11:07, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support David (talk) 07:16, 31 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support by analogy with other properties of this type, though @Pigsonthewing: is there a formatter URL that is language and region independent (i.e. not exclusively "gb/en")? Mahir256 (talk) 19:25, 31 March 2019 (UTC)
    After further experimentation, it seems (for example) will work. It needs to be tested by people in different countries/ with different language settings. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 19:39, 31 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose This doesn't look like a unique identifier to me. Searching for "John Smith" for example gives me these books: [1], [2], [3], [4]. I have doubts that all of them were actually written by the same person, but in each case, the author name links to the same URL. So it seems these URLs are just used as generic link targets based on the name alone, not individually created for specific persons of that name. And looking around on the site some more, I haven't found a single author where that URL contains anything other than just the exact name in order to differentiate between multiple authors of the same name. Which unfortunately makes them unusable for our purposes. --Kam Solusar (talk) 03:05, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Following your RegEx, the entries can not be good. Check. --Eihel (talk) 11:29, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose per Kam Solusar. Multichill (talk) 16:54, 5 April 2019 (UTC)
  • @ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2, Mahir256: there seems to be a problem with this "identifier": would you double check? --- Jura 21:31, 16 May 2019 (UTC)
@Jura1: Um, well for me it was clear, but ... Face-grin.svg --Eihel (talk) 21:48, 16 May 2019 (UTC)
@Jura1: ZI Jony (talkcontribslogs) had the same vision of this proposal: simply by reading the observations above. So, we can say that there are 4 "oppositions" against 2 "for". "not done" for the second time. Regards. --Eihel (talk) 11:20, 7 June 2019 (UTC)