Tuesday, December 03, 2013

#Wikidata HOWTO - #Lists

Lists are evil but Wikipedia contains many of them. The question is how to deal with them. The problem is that Wikipedia often uses a list as an item of a list; the "president of Armenia" is actually the "List of presidents of Armenia". To make it worse, the interwiki links bundle these together as if they are one and the same.

The solution is simple; create a singular item, split up the interwiki links as seems obvious. The next thing to do is to add "is a list of" on the list item and refer to the singular item.

As the Italians are all having Wikidata search results available to them, I was disambiguating "Michael Skinner". An article about the biologist Michael Skinner had me look if he was already known to Wikidata..

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