Using model itemsEdit
Find a model itemEdit
- Identify the item for the subject you want to work on, e.g if you want to create an item for a playwright look at playwright (Q214917). You can find the items for a subject by using the search box at the top right corner of the page or look for an example e.g an example of playwright (Q214917) is William Shakespeare (Q692).
- In the item for the subject you will find a property called model item which gives a list of model items for that subject. These model items should provide a diversity of examples for this subject e.g English and African playwright (Q214917).
- If there is no model item for that subject there may be a similar subject which could be used e.g playwright (Q214917) may provide suitable examples for modelling author (Q482980), a full list of subjects with model items is available here. You can also make request for best practice examples of items on Wikidata:Project chat or a relevant WikiProject, please then add these suggestions as model items.
Use a model itemEdit
- Use the model item to understand the kinds of statements that can be made about the subject or the best way to model data within a property.
- Add as many referenced statements as you can that appear in the model item to the items you are working on.
- Remember to always add references to information you add to an item.
- When you can, add information to other items e.g. when adding information about plays to an item by a playwright (Q214917) go to the items for those plays and add the author.
Adding model itemsEdit
Finding suitable candidatesEdit
- For items: this query provides a list of the most commonly used types of items (using instance of (P31)) which don't yet have 5 model items. The links below each result provide lists of the 10 items of that type with the most statements.
- When choosing the model items for a subject, please select items with many references, (add the references yourself when needed).
- It is important to have a diverse selection of model items for a subject to show a range of possibilities for a subject, e.g. if the model items for authors are all 20th century European men they will not show the diversity of the subject.
Adding model itemsEdit
- Only a limited number of model items should exist for a subject e.g 5 items, but they should show the diversity of the subject to provide people with a good understanding of the subject. If there are many items which would be suitable as a model item they can be used for more specific subjects, e.g items suitable for being the model items for writer (Q36180) could be used as model items for authors from a specific country, subject area, or time period.
- If there is a WikiProject which covers the subject and the item isn't already considered a best practice example by that project you can leave a note about the addition on the project talk page.