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WikiProject Books

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The aim of of the WikiProject Books is:

  • to define a set of properties that can be used both by book infoboxes, Commons books templates, and Wikisource.
  • to map and import all relevant data that currently is spread in Commons, Wikipedia, and Wikisource.
  • establish methods to interact with this data from different projects

Bibliographic properties[edit]

We used the w:Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) model (a very used and famous conceptual framework in library science) to divide the Book properties in 2 sets. The FRBR model underlines the fact that you can view a book in 4 different ways, or levels: as a work, as an expression, a manifestation or an item.

Within Wikimedia projects, we don't need all 4 of them: for example, when Wikipedia has an article about a book, it is often in the "work" view (i.e. the Bible, Pinocchio, Hamlet are regarded as "creative works", which have been embodied in several translation and editions and different media).

On Wikisource, a particular edition (sometimes, we have more than one) is used for a book. As we have different Wikisources, we thus have also translations.

Not to complicate too much, we didn't use the FRBR terms "expression" or "manifestation", as the boundary between the definitions it's not easy to grasp. So we used "edition" instead, collapsing those 2 FRBR layers in 1 (other conceptual frameworks similar to FRBR (like Bibframe) collapse those 2 layers too). Thus the double layer work - edition has been used for creating Book properties.

Work item properties[edit]

These properties are for the first item that represents a book (FRBR work level). They are mainly meant to be used for items linked to Wikipedia pages.

Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
instance of P31 Item instance of: this item is a specific example and a member of that class. Not to be confused with Property:P279 (subclass of). The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas <instance of> book -
author P50 Item author: main creator(s) of a written work Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone <author> J. K. Rowling -
possible creator P1779 Item creator: for a creative work with considerable uncertainty about the author Property talk:P1779 -
contributor(s) to the subject P767 Item contributor: person or organization that contributed to a subject: co-creator of a creative work; a player assisted to score a point or a goal in a game etc. Discworld Noir <contributor(s) to the subject> Terry Pratchett -
editor P98 Item editor: editor of a compiled work such as a book or academic journal Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950 <editor> Austrian Academy of Sciences -
title P1476 Monolingual text title and original title: published title of a work, such as a newspaper article The Diary of a Young Girl <title> Het Achterhuis -
subtitle P1680 Monolingual text subtitle: for works, when the title is followed by a subtitle The Diary of a Young Girl <subtitle> Dagboekbrieven van 12 Juni 1942 – 1 Augustus 1944 -
original language of work P364 Item original language: language in which a work was originally created The Diary of a Young Girl <original language of work> Dutch -
inception P571 Point in time inception: date or point in time when the organization/object was founded/created Tirant lo Blanch <inception> 1490 -
movement P135 Item cultural movement: literary, artistic or philosophical movement associated with this person or work Urbi et orbi <movement> Russian symbolism -
genre P136 Item genre: a creative work's genre or the genre in which an artist works. Use main subject (P921) to relate creative works to their topic The Hours <genre> novel -
main subject P921 Item primary topic of a work The Party Journalist <main subject> radio propaganda -
Dewey Decimal Classification P1036 String Dewey Decimal Classification: use with qualifier "edition (p747)" with item value "DDC 23" or create new item to represent the corresponding DDC edition The Party Journalist <Dewey Decimal Classification> 791.44609431 [DDC22ger] -
Library of Congress Classification P1149 String Library of Congress Classification: subject classification identifier used in the Library of Congress Classification system The Party Journalist <Library of Congress Classification> PN1990.6.G3 -
Regensburg Classification P1150 String Regensburg Classification: identifier used for this class in the Regensburg Classification system The Party Journalist <Regensburg Classification> AP 39018 -
Chinese Library Classification P1189 External identifier Chinese Library Classification: identifier used for this class in the CLC The Party Journalist <Chinese Library Classification> G229.517 -
Universal Decimal Classification P1190 String Universal Decimal Classification: type of library classification The Party Journalist <Universal Decimal Classification> 316.774:32 -
award received P166 Item award: award or recognition received by a person, organisation or creative work The Hours <award received> Pulitzer Prize for Fiction -
follows P155 Item follows: immediately prior item in some series of which the subject is part. Use P1365 (replaces) if the preceding item was replaced, e.g. political offices, states and there is no identity between precedent and following geographic unit A Feast for Crows <follows> A Storm of Swords followed by
followed by P156 Item followed by: immediately following item in some series of which the subject is part. Use P1366 (replaced by) if the item is replaced, e.g. political offices, states A Feast for Crows <followed by> A Dance with Dragons follows
series P179 Item series of creative works: subject is part of a series, whose sum constitutes the object A Feast for Crows <series> A Song of Ice and Fire -
based on P144 Item the work(s) used as basis for subject Pride and Prejudice and Zombies <based on> Pride and Prejudice -
inspired by P941 Item work, human, or event which inspired this creative work The Golden Key, or the Adventures of Buratino <inspired by> The Adventures of Pinocchio -
characters P674 Item fictional character: characters which appear in this item (plays, operas, operettas, books...) The Three Musketeers <characters> Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan -
narrative location P840 Item geographic setting of film: the narrative of the work is set in this location The Fall of the King <narrative location> Himmerland -
image P18 Commons media file illustration: image of relevant illustration of the subject; if available, use more specific properties (sample: coat of arms image, locator map, flag image, signature image, logo image); only images which exist on Wikimedia Commons are acceptable Tirant lo Blanch <image> Tirante el Blanco 1511.jpg -
Open Library ID P648 External identifier Open Library: identifier for works, editions and authors Mister President <Open Library ID> OL938688W -
LibraryThing work ID P1085 External identifier LibraryThing (LT) control number The Seven Messengers <LibraryThing work ID> 6068145 -
edition(s) P747 Item edition: linking to an edition of this item Brockhaus Enzyklopädie <edition(s)> Brockhaus Enzyklopädie (21 ed.) edition or translation of
sourcing circumstances P1480 Item information source: qualifiers for claims: circa, misprint, presumably Property talk:P1480 -


Edition item properties[edit]

These properties are for the item that represents the edition of a book (FRBR expression/manifestation level). They are mainly for editions of books used as sources.

Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
instance of P31 Item instance of: this item is a specific example and a member of that class. Not to be confused with Property:P279 (subclass of). Brockhaus Enzyklopädie (21 ed.) <instance of> edition -
edition or translation of P629 Item is an edition or translation of this entity Brockhaus Enzyklopädie (21 ed.) <edition or translation of> Brockhaus Enzyklopädie edition(s)
language of work or name P407 Item for works (for original language use P364 and for persons P103 and P1412) Autobiografia di Alice Toklas (translation) <language of work or name> Italian -
author P50 Item author: main creator(s) of a written work Autobiografia di Alice Toklas (translation) <author> Gertrude Stein -
translator P655 Item translator: adapts a creative work to another language Autobiografia di Alice Toklas (translation) <translator> Cesare Pavese -
editor P98 Item editor: editor of a compiled work such as a book or academic journal Eclipse of Reason (German edition, 1967) <editor> Alfred Schmidt -
illustrator P110 Item illustrator: illustrator of a book Barefoot on the fire <illustrator> Mikhail Filippovich -
contributor(s) to the subject P767 Item contributor: person or organization that contributed to a subject: co-creator of a creative work; a player assisted to score a point or a goal in a game etc. Discworld Noir <contributor(s) to the subject> Terry Pratchett -
author of foreword P2679 Item person who wrote the preface, foreword, or introduction of the book but who isn't an author of the rest of the book Bottroper Protokolle <author of foreword> Martin Walser -
author of afterword P2680 Item person who wrote the postface, afterword, or conclusion of the book but who isn't an author of the rest of the book Nineteen Eighty-Four <author of afterword> Erich Fromm -
title P1476 Monolingual text title and original title: title of this particular edition The Tower <title> Der Turm -
subtitle P1680 Monolingual text subtitle: subtitle of this particular edition The Tower <subtitle> Geschichte aus einem versunkenen Land -
edition number P393 String number of edition (first, second,... as 1, 2 ...) for a book or event The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1st edition) <edition number> 1 -
place of publication P291 Item place of publication: geographical place of publication of the edition (use 1st edition when referring to works) The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1st edition) <place of publication> New York City -
publisher P123 Item publisher: organization responsible for publishing books, periodicals or software The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1st edition) <publisher> Harcourt -
publication date P577 Point in time date of publication: date or point in time a work is first published or released The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1st edition) <publication date> 1933 -
printed by P872 Item organization that printed the creative work (if different from "publisher") Gutenberg Bible <printed by> Johannes Gutenberg -
collection P195 Item public collection: art, museum or bibliographic collection the subject is part of Gutenberg Bible <collection> Widener Library -
image P18 Commons media file illustration: image of relevant illustration of the subject; if available, use more specific properties (sample: coat of arms image, locator map, flag image, signature image, logo image); only images which exist on Wikimedia Commons are acceptable Gutenberg Bible <image> Gutenberg Bible, Lenox Copy, New York Public Library, 2009. Pic 01.jpg -
number of pages P1104 Number page: number of pages in an edition of a written work Der Herr Präsident <number of pages> 242 -
ISBN-10 P957 External identifier International Standard Book Number: numeric commercial book identifier (for correct presentation, the 10 digits of an ISBN must be divided by hyphens) Monsieur le Président <ISBN-10> 2-08-070455-9 -
ISBN-13 P212 External identifier International Standard Book Number: numeric commercial book identifier (for correct presentation, the 13 digits of an ISBN must be divided by hyphens; ISBN-13 Online Converter for older numbers) El Señor Presidente (critical edition) <ISBN-13> 978-84-89666-51-1 -
SUDOC editions P1025 External identifier identifier in the French union catalog (see also P269) The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1st edition) <SUDOC editions> 056055145 -
SWB editions P1044 External identifier union catalog of the South-West German Library Network (SWB) The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1st edition) <SWB editions> 013500643 -
EUL editions P1084 External identifier identifier for a book (edition) in the Egyptian union catalog Ehrenwerter Herr (German edition, 1996) <EUL editions> 835285022 -
BN (Argentine) editions P1143 External identifier National Library of the Argentine Republic: catalogue number for books (editions) in the National Library of the Argentine Republic El Señor Presidente (critical edition) <BN (Argentine) editions> 000188710 -
DNB editions P1292 External identifier German National Library: identifier in the German National Library catalogue (see also authority data P227) Ehrenwerter Herr (German edition, 1996) <DNB editions> 948859040 -
OCLC control number P243 External identifier Online Computer Library Center: identifier from the Online Computer Library Center The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1st edition) <OCLC control number> 190771 -
Open Library ID P648 External identifier Open Library: identifier for works, editions and authors Monsieur le Président <Open Library ID> OL19717630M -
Google Books ID P675 External identifier identifier for a book that Google has scanned Tirant lo Blanch (original edition) <Google Books ID> 7r14FzJdSuAC -
Internet Archive ID P724 External identifier Internet Archive: identifier for an item on archive.org Frankenstein <Internet Archive ID> ghostseer01schiuoft -
RSL scanned book's identifier P1815 String identifier of the Russian State Library The Kiss and Other Stories by Anton Tchekhoff <RSL scanned book's identifier> [http://dlib.rsl.ru/viewer/01004438677 01004438677 01004438677] -
RSL editions P1973 External identifier catalogue number of the Russian State Library of Moscow (see also P1815 and P947) no label <RSL editions> [http://aleph.rsl.ru/F?func=direct-set&l_base=xall&doc_number=003564198 003564198 003564198] -
legal citation of this text P1031 String legal citation: for old versions of legislation Constitution Act, 1867, as amended <legal citation of this text> 30 & 31 Vict, c 3 (UK), reprinted in RSC 1985, App II, No 5, as amended by SC 2011, c 26. -
Project Gutenberg ebook ID P2034 External identifier Project Gutenberg: ebook identifier at Project Gutenberg A Small Boy and Others <Project Gutenberg ebook ID> 2611 -

Interproject properties[edit]

These should be used only for editions.

Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
scanned file on Wikimedia Commons P996 Commons media file file on Wikimedia Commons related to the content of the source/book/report Beate und Mareile (1st edition) <scanned file on Wikimedia Commons> De Beate und Mareile (Keyserling).djvu -
Commons category P373 String Commons category: name of the Wikimedia Commons category containing files related to this item (without the prefix "Category:") no label <Commons category> Störzner_-_Was_die_Heimat_erzählt -
Wikisource index page P1957 URL page in Wikisource containing digital and paper pagination of the source The Kiss and Other Stories by Anton Tchekhoff <Wikisource index page> https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Index:The_Kiss_and_Other_Stories_by_Anton_Tchekhoff,_1908.pdf -
full text available at P953 URL URL of a web page containing the full text for this item L'Odyssée, 'Poésie homérique' <full text available at> http://iliadeodyssee.texte.free.fr/aatexte/berard/accueilberard/odyssberard.htm -

Qualifiers[edit]

List of qualifiers for works and/or editions.

property datatype description
named as (P1810) String Example: author (P50) => Victor Eremita [pseudonym of Søren Kierkegaard]
applies to part (P518) Item Example: contributor(s) to the subject (P767) => foreword (Q1358138)
distribution (P437) Item Example: ISBN-13 (P212) => hardback (Q193955); paperback (Q193934)

List of qualifiers for using an edition item as a source for a claim.

property datatype description
stated in (P248) Item To link the edition item
quote (P1683) String Relevant citation
volume (P478) String Volume
issue (P433) String Issue
chapter (P792) String Chapter. Note: It can not be shown in a bibliographic templates and gadgets as article with link, use section, verse, or paragraph (P958).
section, verse, or paragraph (P958) String Section
page(s) (P304) String Location of the claim

See also described by source (P1343) for encyclopaedias and dictionaries as a source.

Exemplar properties[edit]

There are a number of wikipedia articles which deal with a single copy of a book which has become notable for some reason. See Lincoln Bible (Q1816474) and the bibles listed in Category:Individual Bibles (Q8546779). These will need different properties from those used for a literary work.

Where there is only one copy of a literary work then the wikidata page may need both sets of properties.

Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
exemplar of P1574 Item property for manuscripts, autographs, incunabula, distinct printed copies Hohenems-Münchener Handschrift A <exemplar of> Nibelungenlied -
creator P170 Item creator: maker of a creative work or other object (where no more specific property exists) The Potato Eaters <creator> Vincent van Gogh -
printed by P872 Item organization that printed the creative work (if different from "publisher") Gutenberg Bible <printed by> Johannes Gutenberg -
location P276 Item location: location the item, physical object or event is within. In case of an administrative entity use P131. In case of a distinct terrain feature use P706. Mona Lisa <location> Louvre -
official name P1448 Monolingual text official name of the subject in its official language(s) Germany <official name> Bundesrepublik Deutschland -
significant event P793 Item key event: significant or notable events associated with the subject Dennewitz <significant event> Battle of Dennewitz -

See Wikidata:WikiProject Visual arts/Item structure for a more properties that may be applicable.

Manuscript properties[edit]

Manuscripts are single copies of literary works, so a manuscript is not the same as a literary work. All the properties, such as author, date of publishing, etc., belong to the manuscript alone. All manuscript items need instance of (P31) manuscript (Q87167). There are some more common items to characterise a manuscript in combination with instance of (P31): codex (Q213924), literary fragment (Q1440453), ostracon (Q834459), manuscript collection (Q2217259), palimpsest (Q274076), evangeliary (Q1754581), Gospel Book (Q690851), lectionary (Q284465). Please specify the writing material for material used (P186): papyrus (Q125576), paper (Q11472), leather (Q286), parchment (Q226697) Sherd (Q1463658). The editor, if there is one, is the one who publishes the text of the manuscript for the first time in print. The publishing date publication date (P577) also belongs to the first printed edition. There is a time, when the manuscript was made, this is done with inception (P571), please choose an appropriate precision level in the advanced adjustments. Choose a location for location (P276) that has the best possible precision, otherwise use the city where P195 is located.

Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
instance of P31 Item instance of: this item is a specific example and a member of that class. Not to be confused with Property:P279 (subclass of). Codex Sinaiticus <instance of> manuscript -
instance of P31 Item instance of: this item is a specific example and a member of that class. Not to be confused with Property:P279 (subclass of). Isaiah scroll <instance of> scroll -
exemplar of P1574 Item property for manuscripts, autographs, incunabula, distinct printed copies Hohenems-Münchener Handschrift A <exemplar of> Nibelungenlied -
material used P186 Item material: material the subject is made of or derived from Berlin Codex <material used> papyrus -
collection P195 Item public collection: art, museum or bibliographic collection the subject is part of Berlin Codex <collection> Egyptian Museum of Berlin -
location P276 Item location: location the item, physical object or event is within. In case of an administrative entity use P131. In case of a distinct terrain feature use P706. Berlin Codex <location> Museum Island -
inventory number P217 String accession number: identifier for a physical object or a set of physical objects in a collection Berlin Codex <inventory number> P 8502 -
named after P138 Item eponym: entity or event that inspired the subject's name, or namesake (in at least one language) Askew Codex <named after> Anthony Askew -
editor P98 Item editor: editor of a compiled work such as a book or academic journal Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus <editor> Constantin von Tischendorf -
publication date P577 Point in time date of publication: date or point in time a work is first published or released Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus <publication date> 1843/1845 -
inception P571 Point in time inception: date or point in time when the organization/object was founded/created Gospels of Henry the Lion <inception> 1180er -
language of work or name P407 Item for works (for original language use P364 and for persons P103 and P1412) Book of Kells <language of work or name> Latin -
time of discovery P575 Point in time discovery: date or point in time when the item was discovered Papyrus 1 <time of discovery> 1896 -
location of discovery P189 Item discovery: where the item was located when discovered Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 81 <location of discovery> Oxyrhynchus -


Periodical and collection of works[edit]

List of additional properties for a journals and multivolume works.

Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
dissolved or abolished P576 Point in time date or point in time on which the organisation was dissolved/disappeared or the building demolished Team Bath F.C. <dissolved or abolished> -
has as part P527 Item has part: part of this subject, also valuable subclass or exemplar. Inverse property of "part of" (P361). The Cactaceae <has as part> The Cactaceae. Volume 2 part of and does not have part

Also look Template:Bibliographical properties.

For parts of a collection of works (like a narrative published within an anthology) please use published in (P1433):

Title ID Data type Description Examples Inverse
published in P1433 Item unknown: larger work that a given work was published in Eppure battono alla porta <published in> The Seven Messengers -

Mapping[edit]

This table groups properties from en:Template:Infobox book and fr:Modèle:Infobox Livre. Please propose new properties here, and update this mapping created by Aubrey.

Participants[edit]

The participants listed below can be notified using the following template in discussions:

{{Ping project|Books}}

Userbox: {{User books}}.


Related links[edit]

Tools[edit]

  • Wikidata:Tools: tools for editing pages. Many are especially interesting for books (es. Authority control). Aubrey's favourite are here.


Items without claims[edit]


Remote editors for wikidata book related elements[edit]

mediaWiki.loader.load( '//ru.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=MediaWiki:WEF_AllEditors.js&action=raw&ctype=text/javascript' );

Three AJAX-API editors for Person, Work and Edition wikidata elements that run from any page of any projects and allow remote editing of wikidata element linked to that local page by a comfortable user interface. Scripts are by ru:w:User:Vlsergey; they are running as Mediawiki gadgets into it.wikisource.

how is it possible to use them on other wikisources (fr for instance) ? - should they be installed as gadgets, or is there just a link to paste in the common.js ? --Hsarrazin (talk) 08:33, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
They are installed as gadgets with a very simple code at it.wikisource: it:s:MediaWiki:Gadget-WEF PersonEditor.js, it:s:MediaWiki:Gadget-WEF WorkEditor.js, it:s:MediaWiki:Gadget-WEF EditionEditor.js. The core line of code is mediawiki-loader-load, we just added a little bito of code to load them in appropriate namespaces only. --193.43.176.15 11:56, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Navigation boxes[edit]

Authority control (Edit)[edit]

Books (Edit)[edit]

Bibliographical properties (Edit)[edit]