Wikidata:Tours/Administrative Territory

Welcome to the Administrative Territory Tour edit


Welcome to Wikidata! This tour will take you through the steps for adding an administrative territory to items for places. An administrative territory is a jurisdiction of a government, this could be a city, a municipality or even a country. Adding an Administrative Territory for a place is important as it lets people know exactly where it is and allows it to be displayed in maps, in Wikipedia articles and any other websites which use information from Wikidata..

If there are any terms in this tour you would like a definition for please see the Wikidata:Glossary

Please note that the page in the background is only a replica of a real page — you can think of it as a sandbox for you to play in and try new things. Your changes won't appear on Wikidata so there's no need to worry while making edits in this space. Let's get started!

Find the Administrative Territory for the item edit

The first thing we need to do is to find the administrative territory for an item we want to add it to. There are many places you can find the administrative territory including an official websites or in the address in on online maps like OpenStreetMap or Google Maps. Wikidata encourages people to add the most specific administrative territory to the item e.g the town or city rather than the province or the country.

In this example we will be adding the administrative territory for the item for National Museum of Anthropology (Q524249): national museum of Mexico. We will give you the name of the administrative territory as part of the tour.

Reminder: An item refers to a page in Wikidata about a real-world object, concept or something else, it includes information about the topic and has a unique identity. If you'd like to know more about items please take the Items Tour.

More information on reliable sources is available at Help:Sources and Wikidata:Verifiability.

Add a statement edit

All item pages have a Statements section which can include any number of rows containing different things—words, numbers, even image files. This may look complicated but it's fairly straightforward. Let's take a closer look at one of these rows now.

We add the adminstrative territory to an item by adding a statement about it. To start adding a statement click on the + add statement button

Reminder: A statement is a piece of data about an item, recorded on the item's page. A statement consists of a claim If you'd like to learn more about statements please take the Statements Tour at Wikidata:Tours.

Add Administrative Territory property edit

In the box type start typing and click the option for:

located in the administrative territorial entity (the item is located on the territory of the following administrative entity. Use P276 for specifying locations that are non-administrative places and for items about events. Use P1382 if the item falls only partially into the administrative entity.)

Reminder: A property describes the data value of a statement and can be thought of as a category of data, for example "color" for the data value "blue". Properties, when paired with values, form a statement in Wikidata. Properties are also used in qualifiers. Properties have their own pages on Wikidata and are connected to items, resulting in a linked data structure. If you'd like to know more about items please take the Properties Tour at Wikidata:Tours (coming soon).

Add the name of the administrative territory edit

In this box add the the name of the Administrative Territory by adding the Wikidata item for the place. If there are several places in the world with the same name (e.g there are several places in the world called London) be careful to add the correct one, you can make sure you're using the correct one by using the search bar at the top of the page and using the Q number. According to Google Maps National Museum of Anthropology (Q524249): national museum of Mexico is located in:

Mexico City

Note: For smaller cities and towns it is possible that it is not yet on Wikidata and you may need to create the item for the place, to do this please take the Creating Items Tour (coming soon) and the Statements Tour from Wikidata:Tours

Reminder: A Q number is Wikidata's unique identifier for an item. If you'd like to learn more about Q numbers please take the Q numbers Tour at Wikidata:Tours (coming soon).

Add a reference edit

The next step is to record where you got this information from, to do this click + add reference

Reminder: A Reference describes the origin of a statement in Wikidata. A reference is often an item, for example, a book. If you'd like to know more about references please take the References Tour at Wikidata:Tours (coming soon).

Add a property for the reference edit

In the box type start typing and click the option for:

reference URL (should be used for Internet URLs as references. Use "Wikimedia import URL" (P4656) for imports from WMF sites)

Add reference link edit

Paste into the box the URL the coordinates we have added comes from e.g a link to the place on Google Maps, the URL for this reference is:,-99.1862786,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x84231ae36f6ec524?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjNra7azLvnAhUvQhUIHe8VBTsQ_BIwHHoECCsQCA

Publish edit

The final thing to do is to publish this information to Wikidata, to do this simply click ✓ publish.

Congratulations! edit


Congratulations! You've completed the Administrative Territory Tour.

You can now add administrative territories to Wikidata items to make them more useful for everyone.

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