Template talk:Authority control

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MusicBrainz IDs[edit]

Authority control seems to return the MusicBrainz ID for only the Artist ID, whereas there are several additional MusicBrainz Identifiers, all of which are specified in Wikidata, including for example: artists, release groups, releases, recordings, works, labels, areas, places, series, etc. It would make sense that Authority control did not limit itself to just one MusicBrainz Identifier. --Iantresman (talk) 09:53, 20 August 2016 (UTC)

Help please[edit]

I have added {{authority control}} to Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods and nothing has happened. Could someone who understands this stuff please take a quick look? Josh Milburn (talk) 23:09, 11 September 2016 (UTC)

@J Milburn: when you add {{authority control}} just like this without any parameters (e.g. {{Authority control|VIAF=123455}}) the template gets its information from Wikidata. You should add the identifiers preferably there. (I did it for this article now). Warm regards, -- T.seppelt (talk) 17:12, 12 September 2016 (UTC)
@T.seppelt: Thanks, but I'm at a loss here. I thought I had added some bits to the Wikidata item; why aren't they on the authority control template? Josh Milburn (talk) 18:31, 12 September 2016 (UTC)
@J Milburn: You did add some bits to Wikidata, but those bits aren't included in this template, so the template didn't display. Should those bits be included in this template? That's a different question. :) --Izno (talk) 18:47, 12 September 2016 (UTC)
Great, thanks. I confess that this is all a bit weird to me, but the authority control template and Wikidata seem to be here to stay, so I'll have to do my best to get used to them! Josh Milburn (talk) 21:39, 12 September 2016 (UTC)


Why is WorldCat in e.g. Bosnia and Herzegovina leading to broken URL https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/112144648462347215522 (404: Document not found, OCLC SRW/SRU Server) instead of I guess correct (or, at least, working) one https://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n81035836/?

Is mistake in the module or Wikidata entry is wrong (maybe there is LCCN identifier on Wikidata and VIAF one has deprecated value right now, really don't understand these...)?

Also, I've noticed that many links get redirected to some other URL (I think all of them in e.g. Bosnia and Herzegovina – VIAF, GND, BNF and NDL) i.e. they are not formed in module for Authority control as they are in reality (e.g. we get on Wikipedia http://d-nb.info/gnd/4088119-2 but it transforms into https://portal.dnb.de/opac.htm?method=simpleSearch&cqlMode=true&query=idn%3D040881199 in reality).

I've also noticed that https://viaf.org/viaf/112144648462347215522 gets redirected to http://viaf.org/viaf/316422510/ instead of https://viaf.org/viaf/316422510/ (it should have been formed in module already as https://viaf.org/viaf/316422510/ but if it is not – it should at least go to https because viaf.org uses secure protocol). --Obsuser (talk) 11:26, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

This has been discussed many times here (see the archives, e.g., Template talk:Authority control/Archive 5#"WorldCat identities": more link failures). This is because currently there is no place to store the Worldcat Identities identifier and instead a link is heuristically generated from the VIAF or LCCN LCAuth identifiers. I added the preferred (over VIAF 112144648462347215522) rank VIAF 126120141 so it links properly now. (talk) 15:13, 16 October 2016 (UTC)