Talk:Virtual International Authority File

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Virtual International Authority File is part of, or of interest to, WikiProject Unique Identifiers, which encourages the use of unique identifiers in Wikipedia, and documents them in the article space. If you would like to participate, visit the project page.


When was it started, and when did Wikipedia adopt it?--Kintetsubuffalo (talk) 14:41, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

See history of Template:Authority control (earliest portion, 2009-2011).
See also my reply below. --P64 (talk) 22:18, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Two entries in the VIAF database for some people and two identifiers[edit]

If there are two entries in the VIAF database for some people and two identifiers, what do we do? I have written the VIAF people when I find synonyms, but no one writes backerges the people in the database. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 02:02, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

Short answer, see Wikipedia:VIAF/errors
See also my reply below. --P64 (talk) 22:22, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Does anyone have a contact at[edit]

Does anyone have a contact at I want to see what the process is for synonyms and if there is a process to assign VIAF numbers to people not in their database that are authors. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 15:32, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

Short answer, see Wikipedia talk:Authority control#Liaison with VIAF where someone from VIAF came out of the closet here only a few days after your first inquiry above.
Medium answer, see these pages and their talk.
and perhaps also Wikipedia:OCLC and OCLC.
General answer, something I hope you infer correctly about the use of Wikipedia, Template, Help, and other "spaces" to complement Article/list/redirect space, usually for the purposes of editors only.
--P64 (talk) 22:12, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
This hour I replied to all three sections of this talk page. Concerning all three, perhaps, see also
Wikipedia:WikiProject Unique Identifiers, created February 2012
(which i discovered only now and haven't yet read). --P64 (talk) 22:28, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Now an OCLC service[edit] - VIAF is now a service of OCLC, working in cooperation with the participants. - kosboot (talk) 16:10, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

Digitale Bibliotheek Vlaanderen[edit]

I was wondering how and where this Flemish organization could be added to the article. Since 2015 Bibnet (nl) and Locus are Cultuurconnect. Thank your for your time. Lotje (talk) 12:18, 19 October 2017 (UTC)