Welcome to the Coordinates Tour edit


Welcome to Wikidata! This tour will take you through the steps for adding coordinates to items about places. Adding coordinates is important because it allows people to know exactly where the place is and makes it possible for it to be displayed on maps, in Wikipedia articles and any other websites which use 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.

Find coordinates for the item edit

The first thing we need to do is to find the coordinates for an item we want to add them to. There are many places you can find coordinates including official websites or in online maps like OpenStreetMap or Google Maps. Here are instructions for finding coordinates:

  • OpenStreetMap
  • Google Maps or simply type the name of the place and coordinates into Google Search e.g Museo Nacional de Antropología Mexico City Coordinates.

In this example we will be adding coordinates to this item for National Museum of Anthropology (Q524249): national museum of Mexico. We will give you the coordinates 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 at Wikidata:Tours.

Add a statement edit

All item pages have a Statements section which provide facts on the subject, it can include any number of rows containing different kinds of information including 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 coordinates about a subject 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. If you'd like to learn more about statements please take the Statements Tour at Wikidata:Tours.

Add coordinate location property edit

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

coordinate location (geocoordinates of the subject. For Earth, please note that only WGS84 coordinating system is supported at the moment) .

Add the coordinates edit

In this box add the coordinates collected earlier, according to Google Maps the coordinates for National Museum of Anthropology (Q524249): national museum of Mexico are:

19.4260° N, 99.1863° W

Add a reference edit

The next step is to reference where we got this information from, this is very important to do as it shows where the information came from. To do this click '+ add reference'

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

Add the reference property 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 the reference URL 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 on Wikidata, to do this simply click ✓ publish.

Congratulations! edit


Congratulations! You've completed the Coordinates Tour.

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

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