Wikipedia:WikiProject Persondata

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Welcome to WikiProject Persondata. Some Wikipedians have formed this collaboration resource and group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's use of Persondata, a hidden template used to store biographical information as metadata. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions and various resources; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians interested in the topic. If you would like to help, please join the project, inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list below.

What is Persondata?[edit]

One of the first things you may think about when stumbling across this page is 'What is Persondata?' Well, you can see Wikipedia:Persondata for in-depth explanations, but Persondata is basically metadata which is added to the bottom of biographical articles. It's important for Wikipedia maintenance and the possibility of a Wikipedia comprehensive CD-ROM. As of July 17, 2011, the English Wikipedia has approximately 802,000 articles with Persondata.

Important: To view Persondata, you must tinker with your account settings:

  1. Go to Special:Mypage/skin.css (this will bring up the custom CSS page for whichever skin you are using.)
  2. Copy-paste the following into your skin.css: table.persondata {display:table !important;}. If you are using Internet Explorer 7 or earlier, copy and paste this variation instead: table.persondata {display:block;}.
  3. Save the page and bypass your browser's cache. This can be achieved in Internet Explorer by pressing Ctrl+F5.

Uses of Persondata[edit]

News[edit]

1 August 2011: Many persondata templates do not have names or descriptions. These are now tracked at Category:Persondata templates without name parameter and Category:Persondata templates without short description parameter.

18 December 2007: A list of biographies has been constructed, and can be found at /List of biographies. Be aware that this list includes articles which already have persondata, and also biographical articles about groups of people (e.g. bands) which should not be given persondata.

Goals[edit]

87.8% completed


Scope[edit]

This project covers every biography on Wikipedia.

Guidelines[edit]

The persondata template should be appended to each article between the end of the main body and the start of the categories (or, if present, after the DEFAULTSORT template). The template fields should be filled in where they apply. Where they do not, the field should be left blank, but not deleted. For example, in the case of a living person:

{{Persondata
| NAME              = Smillie, Carol
| ALTERNATIVE NAMES = 
| SHORT DESCRIPTION = Scottish television presenter
| DATE OF BIRTH     = 23 December 1961
| PLACE OF BIRTH    = [[Glasgow]], [[Scotland]]
| DATE OF DEATH     = 
| PLACE OF DEATH    = 
}}

The name entries take the form Surname, Forename(s), Title. If more than one name is being listed (in the ALTERNATIVE NAMES field) they should be separated by a semi-colon. The wikilinks in the fields are not mandatory, but may perform a useful purpose in the future.

Do not use templates in the date fields, as they can interfere with data extraction. Joe Schmoo's birthday, for example, should be listed as December 29, 1848 and not as {{birth date|1848|12|29|mf=y}}.

Open tasks[edit]

edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:WikiProject Persondata:

Here are some tasks you can do:

Participants[edit]

Please feel free to add yourself here, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.

  1. -Majestic- (talk · contribs · count) Whenever I find.
  2. 70.186.172.75 (talk · contribs · count) All bios.
  3. A.Ou (talk · contribs · count) Historical figures
  4. Alexander Gieg (talk · contribs · count) Any biographical article I come across that interests me enough. Most are in the Philosophy and Religion areas.
  5. AllynJ (talk · contribs · count) Sportspeople, epecially cricket, football, baseball, American football.
  6. Anubhab91 (talk · contribs · count) Whatever
  7. Argento Surfer (talk · contribs · count) - Writers, cartoonists, and artists
  8. Argolin (talk · contribs · count) - Canadian music; other Canadians sure: I'm there
  9. Arina.Moroz (talk · contribs · count) - Russians
  10. Atlantima (talk · contribs · count) - Like, whatevs.
  11. awotter (talk · contribs · count) (Will pass on to Project Oregon)
  12. Bmatthewshea (talk · contribs · count) - Will try and add some to Bio's I find needing them (EN)
  13. BookishAcolyte (talk · contribs · count) Japanese folks, especially actors, musicians, artists...
  14. Burntfingers (talk · contribs · count) Any bios I come across.
  15. Callanecc (talk · contribs · count)
  16. Ched Davis (talk · contribs · count) - This is new to me, but I'll try to do what I can.
  17. Chendy (talk · contribs · count) Politics, Journalists & businessleaders
  18. ChrisGualtieri (talk · contribs · count) Clear the backlogs.
  19. Deejayk (talk · contribs · count) music, sports, Seattle, Montana, etc.
  20. Dendodge (talk · contribs · count) - anything I come across (which will most likely be somehow related to The Beatles
  21. Deyyaz (talk · contribs · count) Anything I can find
  22. edgarde (talk · contribs · count) Bad articles.
  23. Eric Shalov (talk · contribs · count) Starting with my own articles..
  24. Fylbecatulous (talk · contribs · count) As I discover the issue while vandal fighting; moreover, when I have down time
  25. Fox Wilson (talk · contribs · count) Software to help the project, maybe different detection than Persondata-o-matic
  26. Gnu_andrew (talk · contribs · count) Anything I find
  27. Grumpycraig (talk · contribs · count) Persondata_templates_without_short_description_parameter
  28. ilamb94 (talk · contribs · count) - Articles I create
  29. Islandbaygardener (talk · contribs · count) (Artists - anyone dead)
  30. JamAKiska (talk · contribs · count) - Science and History...
  31. jeffozvold (talk · contribs · count) Anything I find.
  32. Jkj115 (talk · contribs · count) Random, I'll add whoever I find
  33. johndburger (talk · contribs · count) Any biog article I edit. Also interested in using Persondata for Navibot
  34. Joshua Issac (talk · contribs · count) - joined 01:32, 10 December 2008 (UTC). I'll add it to biographies without them if I notice.
  35. JudyCS (talk · contribs · count) Biographies, "notable lives" of all kinds
  36. Kakofonous (talk · contribs · count) Anything at all.
  37. LelandRB (talk · contribs · count) Anythang
  38. Lemnaminor (talk · contribs · count)
  39. Lugnuts (talk · contribs · count) All actor, director, screenwriter bios, etc I create/modify
  40. MaBu (talk · contribs · count) - Whatever I find, or whatever is bad for parsing.
  41. manik.mahajan2 (talk · contribs · count) Help to Standardize PLACE OF BIRTH field .
  42. Mardochaios (talk · contribs · count) - Mostly articles from other projects I'm helping with
  43. Mdebets (talk · contribs · count) Musicians and historical figures I come across
  44. Menasim (talk · contribs · count) - Anything
  45. Merrieman (talk · contribs · count) Anything...
  46. Mjs1991 (talk · contribs · count) Using Persondata-o-matic
  47. Middayexpress (talk · contribs · count) - Anything
  48. Momoricks (talk · contribs · count) (I'll add it to any biographical article I encounter, particularly serial killers and criminals, as I encounter those often via WikiProject Crime and Criminal Biography.)
  49. Mouchoir le Souris (talk · contribs · count) Any and all I come upon
  50. Nightseeder (talk · contribs · count) Anything
  51. NoVomit (talk · contribs · count)
  52. OrenBochman (talk · contribs · count) Whatever I edit
  53. Osarius (talk · contribs · count) - Anything I stuble upon while new page patrolling.
  54. Paleorthid (talk · contribs · count) Scientists
  55. Paulmcdonald (talk · contribs · count) - I'll work on reaching in to college football articles for coaches and players.
  56. Peroxwhy2gen (talk · contribs · count) - Anything I come across...
  57. Pinkadelica (talk · contribs · count) All bios I work on or come across
  58. Pjoef (talk · contribs · count) (Anything...)
  59. PS. (talk · contribs · count)
  60. Rajah (talk · contribs · count)
  61. Rjwilmsi (talk · contribs · count) – Coding logic for AutoWikiBrowser to automatically insert persondata.
  62. Robomod (talk · contribs · count) Actors, fashion models, photographers, designers etc
  63. robwingfield (talk · contribs · count) Footballers.
  64. Royalmate1 (talk · contribs · count) Particularly these massive backlogs[1][2], and any I create or stumble upon
  65. Ryft (talk · contribs · count) - Science, philosophy, history, Sirius XM Radio.
  66. Saranghae honey (talk · contribs · count) whatever I find?
  67. Scapler (talk · contribs · count) - Any biographical entry I come across without it! Cheers! Scapler (talk) 03:41, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  68. Scarce (talk · contribs · count) - Entertainers, mainly actors
  69. Scott5114 (talk · contribs · count)
  70. SGGH (talk · contribs · count) - anything I find
  71. Shinryuu (talk · contribs · count) - Scientists & various Germans; anything I find
  72. Smtchahal (talk · contribs · count) - I'm interested in adding names to nameless persondata articles. I'd also add Persondata to whichever biographical articles I encounter; whenever I do.
  73. Spider1224 (talk · contribs · count) Whatever strikes my fancy on a particular day.
  74. Tadramgo (talk · contribs · count) Whatever I find
  75. Teleomatic (talk · contribs · count) Writers
  76. TestTubeFiasco (talk · contribs · count) - Artists, Writers, whatever I find.
  77. TheJJJunk (talk · contribs · count)
  78. Thorwald (talk · contribs · count) - Anything.
  79. Tim Welch (talk · contribs · count) - New York State politicians (primarily historical).
  80. Titodutta (talk · contribs · count)
  81. Tomaxer (talk · contribs · count) - Mostly composers.
  82. Torritorri (talk · contribs · count)
  83. Trevy510 (talk · contribs · count) Whatever I find!
  84. ukexpat (talk · contribs · count) Anything.
  85. Unionhawk (talk · contribs · count) - Whatever I find.
  86. Warrickball (talk · contribs · count) Whatever I encounter.
  87. wnicholas70 (talk · contribs · count) I'm BASQUE.
  88. Xenxax (talk · contribs · count) Whatever I find.
  89. Yutsi (talk · contribs · count) Anything.
  90. Zhukora (talk · contribs · count) Historical figures, people I come across.
  91. Пробегающий (talk · contribs · count) Link from all bases and projects all persondata, authority control information and put on WikiData, search conflicts, solver.
  92. Omnipaedista (talk · contribs · count)

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