Template:Authority control

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Description

For more details on this topic, see Authority control and Wikipedia:Authority control.

This metadata template links Wikipedia articles to various library catalogue systems. At the moment, it is used almost exclusively in biographical articles and on user pages.

This template draws most of its values from Wikidata, but they can be overridden by locally-entered data. Adding the data to Wikidata is preferable.

An empty instance of this template stays dormant in an article, until values are added to Wikidata, when it will then display them.

Data types

Supported authority files
Virtual International Authority File (VIAF)
Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN)
International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI)
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID; see also WP:ORCID)
Integrated Authority File (Gemeinsame Normdatei or GND)
LIBRIS by the National Library of Sweden (SELIBR)
University Documentation System of France (Système universitaire de documentation or SUDOC)
National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France or BNF)
Dutch Biography Portal (Biografisch Portaal or BPN)
ResearcherID (RID)
BIBSYS (BIBSYS)
Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)
MusicBrainz Artist ID (MBA)
National Library of Australia (NLA)
National Diet Library (NDL)
... (30+ sources, see "local conf" list at Module:Authority control)
Deprecated
Corporate Bodies Authority File (Gemeinsame Körperschaftsdatei or GKD), now part of GND
Name Authority File (Personennamendatei or PND), now part of GND
Subject Headings Authority File (Schlagwortnormdatei or SWD), now part of GND

Wikidata content is used as fallback for the BNF, BPN, GND, ISNI, LCCN, MBA, NDL, NLA, ORCID, SUDOC, ULAN, and VIAF identifiers.

The template validates digits in many values (such as ISNI, ORCID, SUDOC, etc.) and shows an error if the check fails.

Wherever possible, the template also generates a link to WorldCat Identities, using the LCCN variable. (It will shortly be possible to link using VIAF values—this is being tested by OCLC and will be activated in the template as soon as it goes live.)

Position

As a metadata template, the Authority control template should be placed after the external links section and navigation templates, right before the Persondata template.

Usage

As a rule of thumb: (1) insert the empty version, (2) click "Show preview" to see which sources are automatically pulled from Wikidata, (3a) if you know more sources, add them in the template using their named param, (3b) alternatively, consider adding them to the article's "Wikidata item" (so that all versions of Wikipedia will automatically benefit).

Empty (reliant wholly on Wikidata) 
{{Authority control}}
Full 
{{Authority control |VIAF=xxxxxx |LCCN=n/xx/xxxxxx |ISNI=xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx |ORCID=xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx |GND=xxxxxx |SELIBR=xxxxxx |SUDOC=xxxxxxxxx |BNF=xxxxxx |BPN=xxxxx |RID=xxxxx |BIBSYS=xxxxx |ULAN=xxxxx |MBA=xxxxxx |NLA=xxxxxxx |NDL=xxxxxxxx}}
Blank 
{{Authority control |VIAF= |LCCN= |ISNI= |ORCID= |GND= |SELIBR= |SUDOC= |BNF= |BPN= |RID= |BIBSYS= |ULAN= |MBA= |NLA= |NDL=}}
The following data sources are accepted
Parameter Scope Name Search Remarks
VIAF People Virtual International Authority File [1] International authority data from the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)
LCCN People Library of Congress Control Number [2] See Wikipedia:Authority control#LCCN for formatting instructions
ISNI People International Standard Name Identifier [3] ISNI is a method for uniquely identifying the public identities of contributors to media content such as books, TV programmes, and newspaper articles. Please take care not to confuse ISNI and ORCID identifiers.
ORCID People ORCID [4] Authority data on researchers, academics, etc. The ID range is a subset of the ISNI range. For free text links (for example when mentioning a person on page which is not about them), it is also possible to use {{ORCID}}. Authors—including Wikipedia editors—may obtain an ORCID by signing up at orcid.org. Please take care not to confuse ORCID and ISNI identifiers.
GND All Integrated Authority File (Gemeinsame Normdatei) [5] [6] Authority data on people, corporations and subjects from the German National Library
SELIBR People LIBRIS [7] Authority data from the National Library of Sweden
SUDOC People Système universitaire de documentation [8] (French) Authority data of people listed in the general catalogue of the University Documentation System of France. Also available from English-speaking catalog (search author, click one book, click author name, take PPN= value of the URL)
BNF People Bibliothèque nationale de France [9] (French) Authority data of people listed in the general catalogue of the National Library of France
BPN People Dutch Biography Portal (Biografisch Portaal) [10] Dutch project with material for 40,000 digitized biographies, including former colonies of the Netherlands.
RID People ResearcherID [11] An identifying system for scientific authors. The system was introduced in January 2008 by Thomson Reuters. The combined use of the Digital Object Identifier with the ResearcherID allows for a unique association of authors and scientific articles.
BIBSYS People BIBSYS [12] BIBSYS is a supplier of library and information systems for all Norwegian university Libraries, the National Library of Norway, college libraries, and a number of research libraries and institutions.
ULAN Artists Union List of Artist Names [13] ULAN is an online database using a controlled vocabulary currently containing around 293,000 names and other information about artists. Names in ULAN may include given names, pseudonyms, variant spellings, names in multiple languages, and names that have changed over time (e.g., married names).
MBA Artists MusicBrainz Artist ID [14] MusicBrainz is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public.
NLA People or groups National Library of Australia [15] NLA Trove’s People and Organisation view allows the discovery of biographical and other contextual information about people and organisations. Search also available via VIAF.
NDL People National Diet Library [16] Authority data listed in the catalog of the national library of Japan. Search also available via VIAF.
RKDartists Artists RKD' [17] RKDartists is an online database using a controlled vocabulary currently containing around 200,000+ names and other information about artists. Names in RKDartists may include given names, pseudonyms, variant spellings, names in multiple languages, and names that have changed over time (e.g., married names).
The following data sources are deprecated

and will cause articles to be added to hidden tracking sub-categories of Category:Wikipedia articles with authority control information:

Examples

{{Authority control |VIAF=59263727 |LCCN=n/79/113947 |ISNI=0000 0000 8138 6064 |GND=119408643 |SUDOC=066924146 |BNF=13746617f |MBA=9dd93d09-24b4-41f1-a48b-ef48b07499c3 |NDL=00620343 }} – for Alexander Graham Bell produces:


{{Authority control |VIAF=66861474 |LCCN=n/87/142671 |ISNI=0000 0001 0911 2808 |GND=117421863 |SUDOC=090162897 }} – for Harry Forbes Witherby produces:

Categories

The template applies the following categories:

Wikidata

The template can get its information from Wikidata:

Parameter Type Property ID
VIAF VIAF p214
LCCN LCCN p244
ISNI ISNI p213
ORCID ORCID p496
GND GND p227
SELIBR LIBRIS p906
SUDOC SUDOC p269
BNF BNF p268
BPN BPN p651
ULAN ULAN p245
MBA MBID p434
NLA NLA p409
NDL NDL p349
BIBSYS BIBSYS p1015
RID RID p1053
RKDartists RKD P650

The MusicBrainz Artist ID (MBID) is currently restricted to items that have occupation set to either:

or are an instance of either

If none of these is applicable, it can be forced with: {{Authority control |MBA={{#Property:P434}} }} which for The Beatles would produce:

Note that for The beatles {{Authority control}} would work out of the box already.

Microformat

The template wraps each UID value with the HTML markup: <span class="uid">...</span>, which enables the first-found value to be included in an hCard microformat. For that reason, VIAF, where present, is emitted first.

See also

TemplateData

This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools.

Authority control

A template to link Wikipedia articles to various library catalogue systems

Template parameters
Parameter Description Type Default Auto value Status
VIAF VIAF International authority data from the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) number empty empty optional
GND GNDPND Authority data on people, corporations and subjects from the German National Library string empty empty optional
LCCN LCCN Library of Congress Control Number. See [[Wikipedia:Authority control#LCCN]] for formatting instructions number empty empty optional
ISNI ISNI ISNI is a method for uniquely identifying the public identities of contributors to media content such as books, TV programmes, and newspaper articles string empty empty optional
SELIBR SELIBR Authority data from the National Library of Sweden string empty empty optional
ORCID ORCID Authority data on researchers, academics, etc. The ID range has been defined as a subset of the forthcoming ISNI range string empty empty optional
SUDOC SUDOC Authority data of people listed in the general catalogue of the University Documentation System of France string empty empty optional
BNF BNF Authority data of people listed in the general catalogue of the National Library of France string empty empty optional
BPN BPN Dutch project with material for 40,000 digitized biographies, including former colonies of the Netherlands number empty empty optional
RID RID An identifying system for scientific authors. The system was introduced in January 2008 by Thomson Reuters. The combined use of the Digital Object Identifier with the ResearcherID allows for a unique association of authors and scientific articles string empty empty optional
BIBSYS BIBSYS BIBSYS is a supplier of library and information systems for all Norwegian university Libraries, the National Library of Norway, college libraries, and a number of research libraries and institutions string empty empty optional
ULAN ULAN ULAN is an online database using a controlled vocabulary currently containing around 293,000 names and other information about artists string empty empty optional
MBA MBA MusicBrainz is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public. string empty empty optional
NLA NLA Authority control number issued by the National Library of Australia. string empty empty optional
NDL NDL Authority control number issued by the National Diet Library (National Library of Japan). number empty empty optional
RKDartists RKDartists RKDartists is an online database using a controlled vocabulary currently containing around 200,000+ names names and other information about artists string empty empty optional

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