Wikidata:Property proposal/LinkedIn personal profile ID

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LinkedIn personal profile ID[edit]

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DescriptionIdentifier for people on the LinkedIn website
RepresentsLinkedIn (Q213660)
Data typeExternal identifier
Domainhuman (Q5)
External linksUse in sister projects: [de][en][es][fr][it][ja][ko][nl][pl][pt][ru][sv][vi][zh][commons][species][wd].
Planned useTo replace LinkedIn personal profile URL (P2035)
Number of IDs in source100,000s
Expected completenessalways incomplete (Q21873886)
Formatter URL$1/
Robot and gadget jobsBot conversion from LinkedIn personal profile URL (P2035)


To replace LinkedIn personal profile URL (P2035), as discussed at Wikidata:Project chat#LinkedIn personal profile URLs and earlier discussions linked from there.

LinkedIn have changed their profile URLs, from unpredictable country-specific and other values to a standard which allows us to use an external-id property type and apply a formatter URL, with better constraints, etc. For example:

is now:

A bot or scripted tools will copy over the existing values, and remove the old ones, after which the old property will be proposed for deletion. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:32, 15 March 2019 (UTC)


  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Much better than random URL strings, and easier to manage over time if LinkedIn makes further changes. - PKM (talk) 22:26, 15 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support David (talk) 06:48, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose we already have a property for this allowing easy entry and maintenance. --- Jura 08:49, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support For consistency with most other external identifiers. LaddΩ chat ;) 17:09, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. OK. This makes sense. Thierry Caro (talk) 17:15, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support: an ID is IMHO better than a full URL. (I furthermore would love the same for Academia profiles...) Nomen ad hoc (talk) 17:52, 16 March 2019 (UTC).
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --LydiaPintscher (talk) 18:18, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
    • Comment: I don't think we should change the existing property so significantly. It's not good for anyone reusing the existing property already and relying on it being a URL. This is a breaking change I think we should avoid. --LydiaPintscher (talk) 15:45, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose per Jura in part; I agree that it's useful to switch to using the personal profile ID, but if every personal profile URL maps to a unique ID, why not just reuse the original property for this purpose? Mahir256 (talk) 01:12, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
    • @Mahir256: external-id and URL are two distinct datatypes, a new property is needed. ArthurPSmith (talk) 14:39, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Obvious data normalization step --Vladimir Alexiev (talk) 13:00, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support in principle, but I agree with Jura and Mahir256 — I'd prefer converting the existing LinkedIn personal profile URL (P2035) to an external ID, rather than creating a new one which essentially duplicates its function. --Waldir (talk) 16:51, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting question.svg Question for those proposing to reuse the existing property, would you just leave the existing values as format violations until converted? Also, once we specify a formatter URL, existing links would not work until they are converted. - PKM (talk) 20:01, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support having a property with just the identifier instead of the full URL, similar to LinkedIn company ID (P4264). As noted above by ArthurPSmith and also in a discussion at Property talk:P2035 § Identifier, it appears the current property cannot be reused because LinkedIn personal profile URL (P2035) has the data type url while the new property would be data type external-id. -- Zyxw (talk) 15:25, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support This would be an improvement. Simon Cobb (User:Sic19 ; talk page) 18:45, 20 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Kristbaum (talk) 12:39, 22 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Note that LinkedIn personal profile URL (P2035) is used by many templates in multiple wikis (at least el, en, uk, ca, da, he ro, ru, but very likely in many more). In case of change all these needs to be notified & fixed, we do not live in ivory tower.--Jklamo (talk) 15:09, 22 March 2019 (UTC)