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Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 16:26, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

VIAF merges two different personsEdit

Hi Thom, Alec Newman (Q2640625) (born as "Mark Newman", 1974) is a Scottish actor. VIAF:2139238 merge him with GND 130119091 Mark Newman, medic (b. 1974). Same name + same year of birth = different person. The problem in this case: The actor has no GND and the medic is not notable. How can Wikidata help in cases like this? I've added GND ID (P227): "no value". Can the VIAF algorithm use this information? --Kolja21 (talk) 19:20, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Well, maybe. Unfortunately we just missed the update window for VIAF in May, so we'll have to wait until we start the June build to find out. If it doesn't work, we'll see if we can modify the matching process to make it work correctly. --Th

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