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Description

This metadata template links Wikipedia articles to various library catalogue systems, for biographies and other topics.

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.

If there is no information in Wikidata for the specific subject, an empty instance of this template will be dormant, meaning it will be invisible on the rendered page. Thus, using this template on a page with no authority information is harmless.

An empty instance of this template stays dormant in an article, until values are added to Wikidata, when it will then display them, so this template should be added to all biographies, whether or not there are authority control identifiers in Wikidata already.

User pages

The template may also be placed on user pages, but then data must be entered locally.

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 VIAF or LCCN values, or manually via |WORLDCATID=.

Position

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

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 parameter, (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}}
Selective suppression via blank parameters (reliant wholly on Wikidata, except the suppressed parameters) 
{{Authority control |VIAF= |LCCN= |WORLDCATID=}}
Full (may not be up-to-date) 
{{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 |HDS=xxxxx |LIR=x |MBA=xxxxxx |MGP=xxxxxx |NLA=xxxxxxx |NDL=xxxxxxxx |NCL=x |NKC=aaxxxxxxxx |Léonore=LH/xxxx/xx |SBN=IT\ICCU\AAAA\xxxxxx |RSL=xxxxxxxxx |Botanist=A.a. |NARA-person=xxxxxxxx |USCongress=Axxxxxx |BNE=XXxxxxxxx |CINII=DAxxxxxxxx |TLS=Aaaa_Aaaa |SIKART=xxxxxxx |KULTURNAV=xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx |LNB=xxxxxxxxx |NSK=xxxxxxxxx |RKDartists=xxxxxx |IAAF=xxxxxx |ACM-DL=xxxxxxxxxxx |Autores.uy=xxxxx |BALaT=x |Bildindex=x |DBLP=xxx/xxx |Joconde=xxxxxxxxxxx |NARA=xxxxxxx |PIC=x |RKDID=xxxxxx |SNAC-ID=xa}}
The following data sources are accepted (may not be up-to-date)
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/register. 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 (DNB)
SELIBR People LIBRIS [7] Authority data from the National Library of Sweden
SUDOC People Système universitaire de documentation [8] (in 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] (in 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).
HDS Historical Dictionary of Switzerland [14] Historical Dictionary of Switzerland is an encyclopedia on the history of Switzerland.
LIR Historical Dictionary of Switzerland § Lexicon Istoric Retic [15] Lexicon Istoric Retic (LIR) is a two volume version with a selection of articles published in Romansh.
MBA Artists MusicBrainz Artist ID [16] MusicBrainz is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public.
MGP Mathematics Genealogy Project [17] Mathematics Genealogy Project is a web-based database for the academic genealogy of mathematicians.
NLA People or groups National Library of Australia [18] 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 [19] Authority data listed in the catalog of the national library of Japan. Search also available via VIAF.
NCL National Central Library National Central Library is the national library of Taiwan, Republic of China.
NKC National Library of the Czech Republic [20] National Library of the Czech Republic (Národní knihovna České republiky) is the central library of the Czech Republic.
Léonore Base Léonore [21] Léonore database (Base Léonore) is a French database that lists the records of the members of the National Order of the Legion of Honor.
SBN Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico (ICCU) Servizio bibliotecario nazionale (SBN) [22] Central Institute for the Union Catalogue (ICCU: Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico) is an Italian government agency created to build a single catalog of all the libraries in the nation. It manages National Library Service (SBN: Servizio bibliotecario nazionale).
RSL Russian State Library [23] Russian State Library (Российская государственная библиотека) is the national library of Russia.
Botanist Author citation (botany) [24] Author citation (botany): standard form (official abbreviation) of a personal name for use in an author citation (only for names of algae, fungi and plants). Links to page at International Plant Names Index (IPNI).
NARA National Archives and Records Administration [25] National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records.
USCongress Biographical Directory of the United States Congress [26] Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a biographical dictionary of all present and former members of the United States Congress and its predecessor, the Continental Congress. Also included are Delegates from territories and the District of Columbia and Resident Commissioners from the Philippines and Puerto Rico.
BNE Biblioteca Nacional de España [27] National Library of Spain (BNE: Biblioteca Nacional de España) is a major public library, the largest in Spain.
CINII CiNii [28] CiNii is a bibliographic database service for material in Japanese academic libraries. It is maintained by the National Institute of Informatics.
TLS Theaterlexikon der Schweiz [29] Theaterlexikon der Schweiz (TLS) is an encyclopedia about theatre in Switzerland. It was developed by the Institute of Theatre Studies of the University of Berne.
SIKART SIKART [30] SIKART is a biographical dictionary and a database on visual art in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It is published online by the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIAR).
KULTURNAV KulturNav [31] KulturNav is a Norwegian cloud-based software service, allowing users to create, manage and distribute name authorities and terminology, focusing on the needs of museums and other cultural heritage institutions. The software is developed by KulturIT ANS and the development project is funded by the Arts Council Norway.
RKDartists Artists Netherlands Institute for Art History § Online artist pages [32] 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).
RKDID Art RKDimages ID [33]
autores.uy Authors autores.uy [34] autores.uy is an author's database, that focus on Uruguayan authors. It was created and maintained by the Uruguayan chapter of Creative Commons. It also provides access to digitized works of the authors in public domain.
PIC Photographers Photographers' Identities Catalog [35] PIC is a photographer's database. It is maintained by the New York Public Library.
IAAF People International Association of Athletics Federations [36] The IAAF athlete database lists information about sport of athletics competitors.
ACM-DL People ACM Digital Library [37]
BALaT People or groups or art d:BALaT [38]
Bildindex Art Marburg Picture Index [39]
DBLP Publications DBLP [40]
Joconde Art Joconde [41]
LNB People National Library of Latvia [42]
NSK National and University Library in Zagreb [43]
SNAC-ID People or groups Social Networks and Archival Context [44]

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:

Deprecated parameters
Deprecated
parameter
Scope Name Remarks Tracking
GKD Corporations Gemeinsame Körperschaftsdatei
(now part of GND)
Authority data on corporations from the German National Library (deprecated, please use GND) Tracking for all deprecated IDs
PND People Personennamendatei
(now part of GND)
Authority data on people from the German National Library (deprecated, please use GND) Tracking for all deprecated IDs
SWD Subjects Schlagwortnormdatei
(now part of GND)
Authority data on subjects from the German National Library (deprecated, please use GND) Tracking for all deprecated IDs
NARA-organization Organizations NARA-organization
(now simply NARA)
Authority data on organizations via federal records (deprecated, please use NARA) Tracking for all deprecated IDs
NARA-person People NARA-person
(now simply NARA)
Authority data on people via federal records (deprecated, please use NARA) Tracking for all deprecated IDs

Examples

Victor Hugo:

{{Authority control |VIAF=9847974 |LCCN=n/79/091479 |ISNI=0000 0001 2120 0982 |GND=118554654 |SELIBR=206651 |SUDOC=026927608 |BNF=cb11907966z |BIBSYS=90054094 |ULAN=500032572 |HDS=11461 |MBA=c0c99c8f-4779-4c35-9497-67d60a73310a |NLA=35212404 |NDL=00443985 |NKC=jn19990003739 |Léonore=LH/1320/26 |SBN=IT\ICCU\CFIV\000163 |RSL=000081185 |BNE=XX874892 |CINII=DA00460099 |RKDartists=40381 }}

Alexander Graham Bell:

{{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 }}

Harry Forbes Witherby:

{{Authority control |VIAF=66861474 |LCCN=n/87/142671 |ISNI=0000 0001 0911 2808 |GND=117421863 |SUDOC=090162897 }}

Wikidata and tracking categories

The template can get its information from the following properties on Wikidata:

Parameter Label Wikidata property Tracking categories and page counts
Articles User pages Misc. pages Faulty IDs
ACM-DL ACM DL P864: ACM Digital Library author ID 1,214 0 2 0
autores.uy autores.uy P2558: autores.uy ID 667 0 2 0
BALaT BALaT P3293: BALaT image ID 15 0 1 0
BIBSYS BIBSYS P1015: BIBSYS ID 50,775 0 9 2
Bildindex Bildindex P2092: Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur ID 13 0 1 0
BNE BNE P950: BNE ID 70,963 0 11 1
BNF BNF P268: BnF ID 210,814 4 35 8
Botanist Botanist P428: botanist author abbreviation 4,670 0 2 0
BPN BPN P651: Biografisch Portaal number 5,773 0 3 1
CINII CiNii P271: CiNii author ID (books) 5,966 0 6 2
DBLP DBLP P2456: DBLP ID 4,238 0 3 1
GND GND P227: GND ID 280,820 24 298 0
HDS HDS P902: HDS ID 4,747 0 5 1
IAAF IAAF P1146: IAAF athlete ID 15,572 0 1 0
ISNI ISNI P213: ISNI 407,128 17 87 2
Joconde Joconde P347: Joconde ID 60 0 1 0
KULTURNAV KulturNav P1248: KulturNav-id 3,360 0 2 0
LCCN LCCN P244: Library of Congress authority ID 339,097 22 435 2
LIR LIR P886: LIR 60 0 2 1
LNB LNB P1368: LNB ID 12,222 0 1 0
Léonore Léonore P640: Léonore ID 3,823 0 5 1
MBA MusicBrainz P434: MusicBrainz artist ID 98,857 0 33 0
MGP MGP P549: Mathematics Genealogy Project ID 9,626 0 2 0
NARA NARA P1225: US National Archives Identifier 8,586 0 1 2
NCL NCL P1048: NCL ID 401 0 2 1
NDL NDL P349: NDL Auth ID 48,471 0 25 0
NKC NKC P691: NKCR AUT ID 27,833 0 10 0
NLA NLA P409: NLA (Australia) ID 25,365 1 11 6
NSK NSK P1375: NSK ID 1,922 0 1 0
ORCID ORCID P496: ORCID iD 2,599 321 26 1
PIC PIC P2750: Photographers' Identities Catalog ID 9,031 0 2 0
RID ResearcherID P1053: ResearcherID 691 17 9 0
RKDartists RKD P650: RKDartists ID 28,444 0 5 0
RKDID RKDimages ID P350: RKDimages ID 208 0 1 0
RSL RSL P947: RSL ID (person) 664 0 5 0
SBN ICCU P396: SBN author ID 12,633 0 5 1
SELIBR SELIBR P906: SELIBR ID 34,829 1 22 2
SIKART SIKART P781: SIKART ID 934 0 2 0
SNAC-ID SNAC P3430: SNAC Ark ID 124,446 0 2 3
SUDOC SUDOC P269: SUDOC authorities ID 200,834 5 33 1
TLS TLS P1362: Theaterlexikon der Schweiz online ID 481 0 2 0
ULAN ULAN P245: ULAN ID 38,071 0 14 0
USCongress US Congress P1157: US Congress Bio ID 12,663 0 2 1
VIAF VIAF P214: VIAF ID 520,247 93 1,070 2

Additional tracking categories

This template may add the following categories:

Error reports

See the monthly error report for this template.

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; see the monthly error report for this template.

TemplateData for Authority control

A template to link Wikipedia articles to various library catalogue systems

Template parameters

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
VIAFVIAF

International authority data from the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).

Default
Wikidata property P214
Numberoptional
LCCNLCCN

Library of Congress Control Number. See [[Wikipedia:Authority control#LCCN]] for formatting instructions.

Default
Wikidata property P244
Stringoptional
ISNIISNI

International Standard Name Identifier is a method for uniquely identifying the public identities of contributors to media content such as books, TV programmes, and newspaper articles.

Default
Wikidata property P213
Stringoptional
ORCIDORCID

Authority data on researchers, academics, etc. The ID range has been defined as a subset of the forthcoming ISNI range.

Default
Wikidata property P496
Stringoptional
GNDGNDGKDPNDSWD

Authority data on people, corporations and subjects from the German National Library.

Default
Wikidata property P227
Stringoptional
SELIBRSELIBR

Authority data from the National Library of Sweden.

Default
Wikidata property P906
Stringoptional
SUDOCSUDOC

Authority data of people listed in the general catalogue of the University Documentation System of France.

Default
Wikidata property P269
Stringoptional
BNFBNF

Authority data of people listed in the general catalogue of the National Library of France.

Default
Wikidata property P268
Stringoptional
BPNBPN

Dutch project with material for 40,000 digitized biographies, including former colonies of the Netherlands.

Default
Wikidata property P651
Numberoptional
RIDRID

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.

Default
Wikidata property P1053
Stringoptional
BIBSYSBIBSYS

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.

Default
Wikidata property P1015
Stringoptional
ULANULAN

ULAN is an online database using a controlled vocabulary currently containing around 293,000 names and other information about artists.

Default
Wikidata property P245
Stringoptional
HDSHDS

Historical Dictionary of Switzerland is an encyclopedia on the history of Switzerland.

Default
Wikidata property P902
Numberoptional
LIRLIR

Historical Dictionary of Switzerland: Lexicon Istoric Retic (LIR) is a two volume version with a selection of articles published in Romansh.

Default
Wikidata property P886
Numberoptional
MBAMBA

MusicBrainz is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public.

Default
Wikidata property P434
Stringoptional
MGPMGP

Mathematics Genealogy Project is a web-based database for the academic genealogy of mathematicians.

Default
Wikidata property P549
Numberoptional
NLANLA

Authority control number issued by the National Library of Australia.

Default
Wikidata property P409
Stringoptional
NDLNDL

Authority control number issued by the National Diet Library (National Library of Japan).

Default
Wikidata property P349
Numberoptional
NCLNCL

National Central Library is the national library of Taiwan, Republic of China.

Default
Wikidata property P1048
Numberoptional
NKCNKC

National Library of the Czech Republic (Národní knihovna České republiky) is the central library of the Czech Republic.

Default
Wikidata property P691
Stringoptional
LéonoreLéonore

Léonore database (Base Léonore) is a French database that lists the records of the members of the National Order of the Legion of Honor.

Default
Wikidata property P640
Stringoptional
SBNSBN

Central Institute for the Union Catalogue (ICCU: Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico) is an Italian government agency created to build a single catalog of all the libraries in the nation. It manages National Library Service (SBN: Servizio bibliotecario nazionale).

Default
Wikidata property P396
Stringoptional
RSLRSL

Russian State Library (Российская государственная библиотека) is the national library of Russia.

Default
Wikidata property P947
Numberoptional
BotanistBotanist

Author citation (botany): standard form (official abbreviation) of a personal name for use in an author citation (only for names of algae, fungi and plants). Links to page at International Plant Names Index (IPNI).

Default
Wikidata property P428
Stringoptional
NARANARANARA-personNARA-organization

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records.

Default
Wikidata property P1225
Numberoptional
NARA-personNARA-person

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records.

Default
Wikidata property P1222
Numberdeprecated
NARA-organizationNARA-organization

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records.

Default
Wikidata property P1223
Numberdeprecated
USCongressUSCongress

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a biographical dictionary of all present and former members of the United States Congress and its predecessor, the Continental Congress. Also included are Delegates from territories and the District of Columbia and Resident Commissioners from the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

Default
Wikidata property P1157
Stringoptional
BNEBNE

National Library of Spain (BNE: Biblioteca Nacional de España) is a major public library, the largest in Spain.

Default
Wikidata property P950
Stringoptional
CINIICINII

CiNii is a bibliographic database service for material in Japanese academic libraries. It is maintained by the [[National Institute of Informatics]].

Default
Wikidata property P271
Stringoptional
TLSTLS

Theaterlexikon der Schweiz (TLS) is an encyclopedia about theatre in Switzerland. It was developed by the Institute of Theatre Studies of the University of Berne.

Default
Wikidata property P1362
Stringoptional
SIKARTSIKART

SIKART is a biographical dictionary and a database on visual art in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It is published online by the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIAR).

Default
Wikidata property P781
Numberoptional
KULTURNAVKULTURNAV

KulturNav is a Norwegian cloud-based software service, allowing users to create, manage and distribute name authorities and terminology, focusing on the needs of museums and other cultural heritage institutions. The software is developed by KulturIT ANS and the development project is funded by the [[Arts Council Norway]].

Default
Wikidata property P1248
Stringoptional
RKDartistsRKDartists

RKDartists is an online database using a controlled vocabulary currently containing around 200,000+ names and other information about artists

Default
Wikidata property P650
Numberoptional
autores.uyautores.uy

autores.uy is an author's database, that focus on uruguayan authors. It also provides access to digitized works of the authors in public domain.

Default
Wikidata property P2558
Numberoptional
PICPIC

Photographers' Identities Catalog (PIC) is a photographer's database. It is maintained by the New York Public Library.

Default
Wikidata property P2750
Numberoptional
ACM-DLACM-DL

Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library (ACM DL) author identifier.

Default
Wikidata property P864
Numberoptional
BALaTBALaT

Identifier for images in the Photo Library database of BALaT (Belgian Art Links & Tools), maintained by KIK-IRPA, Belgium's Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage.

Default
Wikidata property P3293
Numberoptional
BildindexBildindex

Picture index of art and architecture.

Default
Wikidata property P2092
Numberoptional
DBLPDBLP

Identifier for person entries in the DBLP (Digital Bibliography & Library Project) computer science bibliography.

Default
Wikidata property P2456
Numberoptional
IAAFIAAF

Identifier for athletes in International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) database and website.

Default
Wikidata property P1146
Numberoptional
JocondeJoconde

Identifier in the Joconde database of the French Ministry of Culture.

Default
Wikidata property P347
Stringoptional
LNBLNB

Identifier assigned by the National Library of Latvia.

Default
Wikidata property P1368
Numberoptional
NSKNSK

Identifier for an item in the National and University Library in Zagreb (including leading zeroes).

Default
Wikidata property P1375
Numberoptional
RKDIDRKDID

Identifier per RKDimages of the Netherlands Institute for Art History.

Default
Wikidata property P350
Numberoptional
SNAC-IDSNAC-ID

Identifier for items in the Social Networks and Archival Context system.

Default
Wikidata property P3430
Stringoptional

External links

Maintenance reports