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OLAC Video Game Genre Vocabulary (Q60440967)Edit


Thank you for your changes on OLAC Video Game Genre Vocabulary (Q60440967).

I noticed you had added - instance of (P31) thesaurus (Q17152639).

Since thesaurus (Q17152639) subclass of (P279) controlled vocabulary (Q1469824), I had then removed - instance of (P31) controlled vocabulary (Q1469824): it would not be necessary to have both values as instance of (P31) − this is implicit per the subclass of (P279) relationship.

Unless is it wrong to have thesaurus (Q17152639) subclass of (P279) controlled vocabulary (Q1469824)?

Cheers, Jean-Fred (talk) 09:29, 16 June 2020 (UTC)


Hi! Please note that Q-items on Wikidata are about concepts, not words. Hence different items should be created for different concepts denoted by the same word. Data about words can be entered as Wikidata:Lexicographical data in "Lexeme" namespace instead. 2001:7D0:81F7:B580:D996:CF7C:6B2B:63C0 08:06, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

Also, please don't mix ethnic group and nationality (or sum of all residents of a country). E.g. Estonians (Q173302) (ethnic group) and citizens (or residents) of Estonia are entirely different groups of people. If in some relation it becomes useful, and it isn't enough to say that e.g. an individual is a citizen of Estonia or alike, then rather separate item should be created for Estonians or residents or citizens of Estonia, too. 2001:7D0:81F7:B580:F519:F3B5:A49:8293 09:46, 16 November 2020 (UTC)

orientalist (Q1731155)Edit

Hello, please do not merge into the newest item. Thanks. Ayack (talk) 08:27, 10 October 2020 (UTC)

Wood chemistryEdit

Hello, you asked me of me removing YSO ID from the item wood chemistry (Q25451366). I am one of the maintainers of YSO at National Library of Finland. YSO is a trilingual vocabulary (Finnish, Swedish, English). wood chemistry (Q25451366) is/was an item with no links to Wikipedia. On the other hand, there were two items, Q31886986 (Swedish: träkemi) and Q99196245 (Finnish: puukemia), with identical meanings that both had one Wikipedia article link to Swedish Träkemi and Finnish Puukemia respectively. As you say, "wood chemistry" is indeed "puukemia" in Finnish. On the other hand, in Swedish "wood chemistry" is called "träkemi". Thus there were separate items in all these three languages (English, Finnish, Swedish) when there should have been only one. I merged all the three items into one and linked YSO with the remaining item. I've been instructed by Wikimedia Finland that a) it is safest to link to the remaining item and not the one(s) that have been merged with it and b) it is best to keep the oldest item while merging. I followed these instructions. Tpalonen (talk) 11:20, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

  • Thank you for the explanation and for the merging of the three items. I believe that the labels should all be in lowercase per Wikidata policy. See comments below under "Label and case" and Help:Label#Capitalization. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 11:47, 2 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Thank you for your reply! And thank you for bringing up the lowercase issue. It is indeed quite common for the Finnish labels in Wikidata to have an upper case initial. My theory for this is that many of them may have been generated from the Finnish Wikipedia article topic. Tpalonen (talk) 12:00, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

Adding YSO ID's to itemsEdit

Hello, I'm an information specialist working at National Library of Finland's Finto service where we are linking General Finnish Ontology (YSO) concepts to Wikidata items at the moment. As you may know, YSO is an indexing tool used widely in the Finnish library sector as well as in museums, archives, public administration and media. I noticed that you have added YSO id's to Wikidata items. While we appreciate your kindess, we would also like to remind that YSO concepts are maintained by a team of information specialists and are a result of careful concept analysis. Each concept has a specific meaning, indicated foremost by its Finnish and Swedish preferred terms and its broader concepts in the ontology hierarchy, but also, in practical terms, by its use in indexing of Finnish non-fiction literature and other domains. Any links made should be in accordance with the precise meaning of the concept. Therefore, while we are happy to receive help, we also express that anybody who's willing to help us in linking YSO concepts to Wikidata should have excellent skills in Finnish and Swedish and should follow the guidelines given by National Library of Finland (for example, see our guidelines for linking YSO to LCSH in the link, all of these won't apply to Wikidata, however, as we are only using SKOS:closeMatch with Wikidata as opposed to closeMatch/narrowMatch/broadMatch in the case of LCSH: https://www.kiwi.fi/display/Finto/YSOn+LCSH-linkitysten+linjaukset). For example, online translation tools such as Google Translate are not a good enough source for judging the equivalence of a Wikipedia item and a YSO concept. If you are interested in helping us more, please contact us. See our contact info here: https://www.kansalliskirjasto.fi/en/services/system-platform-services/finto Thank you! Tpalonen (talk) 11:38, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

Label and caseEdit


Unlike Wikipedia articles title, the label on Wikidata is not a title ; that's why the case is different (and that's why I changed ~5000 labels today, like I do every months for years now). See Help:Label#Capitalization for more details.

Cheers, VIGNERON (talk) 19:48, 31 October 2020 (UTC)

  • Hi, Thanks for pointing me to the Capitalization guidelines! UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 19:50, 31 October 2020 (UTC)
    • No problem, it's indeed a bit counter-intuitive. Don't hesitate to ask if there is any question or comment. Cheers, VIGNERON (talk) 22:00, 31 October 2020 (UTC)

Filiberto Barajas-López (Q101012047)Edit

Thanks for adding Library of Congress authority ID (P244) ! Did this exist at the time I created the item? I must have forgotten to look... Riesengrey (talk) 23:04, 12 November 2020 (UTC)

  • No, it didn't exist when you created the item, so you didn't forget anything. I created the NAR for him when I noticed that the name in OCLC wasn't controlled. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 23:32, 12 November 2020 (UTC)

nature conservationEdit

You moved many articles from conservation (Q628403) to nature conservation (Q20113959). I do not understand what the difference of the subject of these items is and what your criteria for having articles liked one or the other item is. Could you explain this? --GPSLeo (talk) 12:34, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

Conservation is a broader concept than Nature conservation. Conservation includes energy resources, mineral resources, agriculture, water resources, etc. The links I moved are for nature conservation specifically (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_conservation), which should be linked to the Wikidata item for nature conservation, not the more general item on conservation. I left the Wikipedia links that are broader on the item for conservation. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservation, which discusses the differences of types of conservation. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 18:32, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
I understand the difference but then I do not see the difference to environmental protection (Q832237). Another problem conservation (Q628403) has the statement instance of (P31) branch of biology (Q28598684) with the new definition this statement would be false. But I also think things you wrote as included in Conservation but not in nature conservation are included in nature conservation. The enwiki has "enhancing ecosystem services" as part of nature conservation and the definition in dewiki has, based on the German law, the protection of artificial landscapes like agricultural landscapes as part of nature conservation. --GPSLeo (talk) 19:27, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
As I understand it, environmental protection (Q832237) would cover things like air and water quality, soil pollution, protection from hazardous wastes, etc., none of which would be considered part of nature conservation. I fixed the relationship problem that you mentioned. I'm also fixing labels so that they are on the right item. And I'm adding more identifiers to the nature conservation and related items. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 20:22, 13 January 2021 (UTC)

Two VIAFEdit

Hi Adam. The script for adding identifiers works pretty cool. Thanks for suggesting that. It saves a lot of time. I wanted to ask you one question. What should we do if the person has two different VIAF pages ? --Gazal world (talk) 18:10, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

Hi, the best thing to do is to report the duplicates to OCLC. There's "feedback" link on each VIAF page that you can use. You can also put both IDs into the item for now. --Adam UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 18:24, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

Ok. Got it. I will do as you suggested. One more question ? How to add identifiers for books? For example this book. --Gazal world (talk) 14:10, 16 January 2021 (UTC)
See https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Books. The type of identifiers you can add depends on what the item represents. There should be one item for the work, and then separate items for any editions of the work. ISBNs can only go on edition items. The WikiProject Books page explains everything. Lord and Peasant in Russia: From the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century (Q104844726) appears to represent the work, since it is the only item for this work. On this record you can add the properties for work found at https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Books#Work_item_properties. Then you can create separate items for specific editions of the work by following https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Books#Edition_item_properties. Here's an example that I did recently: Tacoma Stories (Q104593306) and Tacoma Stories (First edition) (Q104594562). UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 23:52, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

Your modificationEdit

Hello UWashPrincipalCataloger, Your modification doesn't suit a property. Cordially. —Eihel (talk) 07:12, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

wrong LCCN entriesEdit

Hi, since you are a professional librarian from the US, I though I might ask you: Is there any way to have faulty LCCN entries (like conflations) corrected? I know nobody who managed to contact the LC in any way … --Emu (talk) 11:12, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi Emu, probably the simplest way would be to contact LC at coop@loc.gov to report a problem with an LCCN that represents more than one person. Or contact a NACO library from the directory at https://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/naco/contact.html. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 18:52, 2 February 2021 (UTC)

Your edit at RfDEdit

Hi, you removed Deletion requests with your recent edit at WD:RfD. If that happened on purpose, can you provide an explanation; If it didn't happen on purpose, can you please undo it and make sure that it doesn't happen again? Thank you -- Dr.üsenfieber (talk) 12:17, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

I did not intentionally remove any requests, and I am baffled about this. The only thing that I did on this page yesterday was to add a vote to keep Q54800218. I am unclear what exactly needs to be undone. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 17:11, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

url farm on Q102047184Edit

Hi UWashPrincipalCataloger,

Somehow your approach on Q102047184 seems to go in the opposite way this is generally done: rather than determine the topic of an article and create an item for it, you added a set of identifier urls on the item of the topic. Besides, it isn't consistent with the purpose of described at URL (P973). Maybe you want to seek input on project chat on how to model this in general. --- Jura 00:21, 17 February 2021 (UTC)

I think you are misinterpreting the purpose of described at URL (P973). It is used to point to web sources that are about the item, not to the full text of the article that is represented by the item. described at URL (P973) is a subject link to sources on the web that describe the concept in the item. For an article item, the full text of the article isn't about the article, it is the article. I will follow up on project chat. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 00:26, 17 February 2021 (UTC)

Problematic property creationEdit

Hi UWashPrincipalCataloger,

If you create properties, please create them as proposed. DO NOT substantially alter them as done at [1]. If you think the proposal needs to be improved before creation, please participate in the discussion instead. "Polishing" them is fine (see Wikidata:Property_creators#Create_the_property). --- Jura 09:20, 28 February 2021 (UTC)

@Jura1: noted, thanks. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 19:59, 28 February 2021 (UTC)

Unreferenced claimEdit

Hi UWashPrincipalCataloger

At [2], you added a claim about ethnic groups to Wikidata. Can you add a reference to this? You might want to have a look at w:Demographics_of_Zambia#Ethnic_groups.

On a related matter, please note that ethnic group (P172) has specific referencing requirements. --- Jura 07:13, 9 March 2021 (UTC)

  • Hi Jura1, ethnic group (Q41710) is defined as "socially defined category of people who identify with each other", and the Wikipedia article says it is a "grouping of people who identify with each other on the basis of shared attributes that distinguish them from other groups such as a common set of traditions, ancestry, language, history, society, culture, nation, religion, or social treatment within their residing area. Ethnicity is sometimes used interchangeably with the term nation ...", so on the basis of being a socially defined category based on being a nation, it seems that calling Zambians an ethnic group is acceptable. Nearly every item for the people of a country have a statement that they are an instance of an ethnic group. I've added a few sources that I hope are acceptable. In particular, the first, http://www.zambiapretoria.net/demography/, says: "Culture Name: Zambian."

UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 07:45, 9 March 2021 (UTC)

    • Well, all claims about ethnic groups should have such references. Ideally these meet the requirements of ethnic group (P172). The demographics article about the country seems to have a different view. If one uses two terms interchangeably, it's unclear why one would add claims with items for each as statements. --- Jura 08:00, 9 March 2021 (UTC)

Christine K Luscombe (Q45766736)Edit

Hi Adam, you have reverted my Edit on Christine K Luscombe (Q45766736). Here is the reference for "Country of Citizenship" [3] - so I would suggest to take both USA/JPN ?! In Germany you become a citizenship at birth for the corresponding country - is this other in the US ? Best regards, --Erfurth (talk) 09:46, 10 March 2021 (UTC)

@Erfurth: Japan has a rather strict ius sanguinis, so her birth in Kobe does not imply Japanese citizenship. As she wasn’t born in the US, her being an American citizen isn’t so sure either (but may very well be the case). Just leave it empty until proper references can be found. --Emu (talk) 10:12, 10 March 2021 (UTC)
@Erfurth, Emu: Agreeing with Emu, this is why I didn't include country of citizenship, because while it is likely she is an American citizen now, I didn't have any definitive information. I don't know if Japan requires someone to give up citizenship when they become citizens of another country, as some countries do. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 17:40, 10 March 2021 (UTC)

ethnic group (Q41710)Edit

Hi, I have problem with your changes in Czechs (Q170217). After your changes there are 10 links to Czech Republic (Q213). But this object isn't related to the Czech Republic (See cs.wikipedia article or some links in encyclopedias). This is related to nation for long time in history. Same for Slovaks (Q171336). I don't understand sense of Czechoslovaks (Q100146275). There is Czechoslovakians (Q91075059), which was (1920-1948) real nation/nationality used in Czechoslovakia. After 1948 there were nationalities like Czechs (Q170217), Slovaks (Q171336) and others. Could you describe, what do you do? Skim (talk) 17:02, 10 March 2021 (UTC)

  • @Skim: Hi, I've made a new item Czechs (Q105969758) for the concept of residents/citizens of the Czech Republic, and I've moved many of the statements that were on Czechs (Q170217) to it. I will do the same thing with Slovaks. I think probably Czechoslovaks (Q100146275) and Czechoslovakians (Q91075059) can be merged, although the former is specifically for residents/citizens of Czechoslovakia as a whole, a label to describe them as a group. The latter seems to have more to do with a political concept of Czechoslovakism rather than a term for people who reside in a country. What do you think? UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 00:16, 16 March 2021 (UTC)
@UWashPrincipalCataloger: Ok, Czechs (Q105969758) and Czechs (Q170217) are somehow ok. I can't tell if Czechs (Q105969758) makes sense. I improved Czechoslovakians (Q91075059) for inception (P571) and dissolved, abolished or demolished date (P576) as official dates of this nation in Czechoslovakia (Q33946). I think, that's ok now. I will ping my community. Skim (talk) 06:29, 13 April 2021 (UTC)

Gymnocarpium ×brittonianum (Q17046489)Edit

I reverted your edits. --Succu (talk) 20:38, 10 April 2021 (UTC)

  • Why is that? Why did you remove instance of hybrid and the other common name I found in iNaturalist for it? UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 23:44, 10 April 2021 (UTC)

Amalia Rosenblüth (Rosenblueth)Edit

Hello, @Goesseln: wrote a new article (w:de:Amalia Rosenblüth) about Amalia Rosenblüth (Q101112434). She worked as a librarian at UWash and died in 1979 in Seattle. Do you have any idea how to find her exact death date online? Thanks a lot! --Emu (talk)

  Done I found her under her pseudonym! Sorry to bother you … --Emu (talk) 12:49, 12 April 2021 (UTC)
@Goesseln, Emu: I'm afraid you've confused two different universities. Her item says she worked at Washington University, which is a private university in Saint Louis, Missouri. It's often confused with the University of Washington, which is a state university in Seattle. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 17:38, 12 April 2021 (UTC)
@Goesseln, Emu: After reading her Wikipedia article, it seems that it's her item that has the wrong information. I've changed the information so that it is correct. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 17:40, 12 April 2021 (UTC)
Yes, indeed, sorry – American universities and their names are often confusing for me. Thanks for correcting the item! --Emu (talk) 20:11, 12 April 2021 (UTC)

May I borrow your time?Edit

One of my colleagues at English Wikisource put this local question Wikidata talk:WikiProject Periodicals#Properties for periodicals tiers: work/series/volume/issue/article and we would appreciate a professional PoV. We WSers are very good at transcribing old texts and getting better at presenting for the modern age. Cataloguing (and probably categorising) and the dark arts around the right meta data for the right place are less our skill set, so polite though firm commentary is always our wont. <shrug with rueful smile>  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:49, 14 April 2021 (UTC)

I'd be happy to try to help, but I am not a serials cataloger and haven't cataloged them for a very long time. There are some serials catalogers in the PCC Wikidata Pilot Project though (https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_PCC_Wikidata_Pilot), and you might get better information and guidance from one of them. If you'd like to compose an email to the pilot project participants, I could send it out for you on our discussion list and ask serials catalogers to contact you. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 00:51, 15 April 2021 (UTC)

Our Campaigns race ID (P9446) not working properlyEdit

Thanks for creating Our Campaigns race ID (P9446) - at least on my end, the identifiers aren't linked - you can't click them to go to the source website. I tried fixing this but I have no idea what the problem is, can you take a look? tysm! Elli (talk) 09:08, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Ah, thanks for your help! Was very confused. Elli (talk) 17:55, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
@Elli: They are working now. UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 19:54, 17 April 2021 (UTC)


Hi! I noticed that you added statements related to reality TV shows that are singing competitions to Q60723717, but this is a more generic item for singing competitions on TV and off of it. Could you please create a separate item for the TV-related ones? Thanks :) -Yupik (talk) 07:51, 23 April 2021 (UTC)

Hi, Yupik, I have created television singing competition (Q106603795) and revised some items and added it as a genre to a number of additional items. Hope this helps! UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 19:04, 23 April 2021 (UTC)

That's great, thanks! -Yupik (talk) 22:09, 23 April 2021 (UTC)

Archdiocese of LiverpoolEdit

Thanks for sorting this out. My first proposal! It seems to connect now. Rodhullandemu (talk) 20:15, 27 April 2021 (UTC)

The first one is always the most difficult! On to the next! :) UWashPrincipalCataloger (talk) 20:24, 27 April 2021 (UTC)