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Adding NLI (National Library of Israel) to the Authority Control template & RTL Version[edit]

We're seeking to add authority control templates on, and it makes sense to add: 1) The National Library of Israel system identifier (unique identifiers) to the list of authority control identifiers? 2) an RTL version of the template (that would work with Hebrew and Arabic)?

What's the procedure to achieve 1 and / or 2 ?

Cheers, Alleycat80 (talk) 09:04, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Authority control in musical works[edit]

Hi folks. I only noticed today that musical works do not have authority control. But they could. Shouldn't we extend authority control to musical works? - kosboot (talk) 13:07, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

What Does the Template Search For?[edit]

I just put the authority control template into Jean-François Eugène Robinet without success but an entry for this guy exists. Leading me to wonder, what does the template query for? Advice in the page associated with this talk (I believe) says something about making a reference but I don't see how to do that without knowing how the template will query. Please set me straight. SewerCat (talk) 18:38, 31 March 2017 (UTC)

It produces a bar of identifier numbers for the subject from information in the subject's entry on wikidata. —David Eppstein (talk) 22:46, 31 March 2017 (UTC)
@David Eppstein: Thank you. However, I knew what the template does. What I would like to know is how the template interrogates wikidata for the information that it places in the bar of identifier numbers. As it happens, after I put this question here I added the link to Robinet's wikipedia page to his wikidata record and when I returned to his page — by magic — found that the control info is there. But now I don't know whether this is because I added the wikipedia link or because some bot updated the page! :) SewerCat (talk) 23:08, 31 March 2017 (UTC)


Please see discussion at Template talk:Authority control#Harmless?. Thanks. Kaldari (talk) 09:09, 29 May 2017 (UTC)

Discussion on WP:Village Pump (idea lab)[edit]

A discussion has been initiated at Wikipedia:Village pump (idea lab)#Upgrading Authority control. All the volunteers are invited to share their comments. -- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo (talk · contribs · count) 07:30, 13 August 2017 (UTC)