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This page describes what to expect if Wikidata has an item about you, or someone you represent. If there is no item about you and you would like to create one, refer to the notability requirements. Wikidata also has a policy on how to manage items about living people. We hope you will make use of Wikidata, and even stay and help us to build it. You can get started with the help pages.

Your biography

On Wikidata

In general on Wikidata it is allowed to edit your own data item. However, you should not create an item about yourself unless you are sure that it fulfills the notability criteria.

If you add statements about aspects of your life history, like your birthplace, or things you have achieved, such as a job, qualification or honour, these must be sourced to a reliable, verifiable source.

Similarly you should not remove sourced statements - if you think they are wrong, please raise the matter at Project chat, where you can also discuss any other issues or concerns about the item. Alternatively, you can request the removal of private information by emailing

On Wikipedia

There are over 300 Wikipedias, in different languages. The "notability" criteria for inclusion (having an article about you) are generally much stricter than on Wikidata; please do not create a Wikipedia article about yourself. If there is an article about you, in one or more Wikipedia projects, you should be very careful to adhere to the local policy before editing it.

Wikimedia Foundation policies

On 9 April 2009, the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees passed a resolution regarding Wikimedia's handling of material in biographies of living people (BLPs). It noted that there are problems with some BLPs being overly promotional in tone, being vandalized, and containing errors and smears. The Foundation urges that special attention be paid to neutrality and verifiability regarding living persons; that human dignity and personal privacy be taken into account, especially in articles of ephemeral or marginal interest; and that anyone who has a complaint about how they are described on the project's websites be treated with patience, kindness, and respect.

Although this is not so much of a problem on Wikidata, you may raise your concerns on the Project chat, on the Administrators' Noticeboard, or on the talk page of the editor concerned. If you are not satisfied with the response of editors and admins to a concern about biographical material about living people, you can contact the Wikimedia Foundation directly.

If you are editing a page about someone else, for reward (as part of your job, for money, or for some other consideration), you must declare that (on your user page, talk pages, or edit summaries) according to Wikimedia Foundation policy on paid editing.


Wikidata stores a large number of types of unique identifiers which can be used to disambiguate you from other people with the same name, and on the other hand can unify records about you no matter how your name is provided. These include, (but are not limited to) VIAF ID (P214), ISNI (P213), ORCID iD (P496), ResearcherID (P1053), Scopus author ID (P1153), and Google Scholar author ID (P1960). If you find these relationships missing from the item about you on Wikidata, you may add them, or, again, drop a note on Project chat.

Wikidata editors

Editors in Wikidata or one of its sister projects like Wikipedia can also add these identifiers to their user page using the "Authority control" template - see for example this guide to doing so for ORCID, an ID scheme for which editors are eligible to register.



Wikidata can include a link to a photograph of you (via the image (P18) property). You can supply a suitable photograph but you must only upload one for which you hold the copyright (usually because you took it). If a family member, colleague or friend took a suitable picture, they can upload it. See the general wikimedia guide to uploading pictures of yourself.

Spoken voice

You can submit a recording (or several, one in each language that you speak) of your spoken voice, so that people know what you sound like and how you pronounce your name. For details, see the project page.