Wikidata:WikiProject Linked Data for Production/Harvard Film Archive Project

BackgroundEdit

Describing filmmakers whose work is held by the Harvard Film Archive.

Contributors and Contact InformationEdit

  • Fernsebner - Christine Fersebner Eslao, eslao@fas.harvard.edu
  • Sradovsk - Susan Radovsky, sradovsk@fas.harvard.edu
  • Teyilee - Te-Yi Lee, te-yi_lee@gse.harvard.edu
  • HLLean - Leo Evangelista, evangel@fas.harvard.edu
  • Tina.RuaHL - Albertina Rua, amrua@fas.harvard.edu
  • Wheelerrd - Ryan Wheeler, rwheeler@fas.harvard.edu
  • JBH23 - John Hostage, hostage@law.harvard.edu
  • OliviaQuintana - Isabel Quintana, quintana@fas.harvard.edu
  • Garcia Catherine - Catherine Garcia, garcia5@fas.harvard.edu
  • June of PBH - June Rutkowski, rutkowsk@fas.harvard.edu
  • Threadleaf050 - Mary Jane Cuneo, cuneo@fas.harvard.edu
  • John Dickson04 - John Dickson, john_dickson@harvard.edu

Describing film directors, producers, screenwriters, and othersEdit

Before you begin, please familiarize yourself with Wikidata's guidelines concerning description of living people and err on the side of respecting privacy.

If the following properties are missing from an item, please add them for any person whose works are held by the Harvard Film Archive:

Essential propertiesEdit

Here's an example of an item that uses the following properties and references HOLLIS and other sources: Karen Aqua

Property Value Usage note Requires reference?
instance of (P31) human (Q5) This is required by Wikidata, and should be the first statement that you add to a new item. no
occupation (P106) film director (Q2526255), film producer (Q3282637), screenwriter (Q28389), or other values as appropriate A person can have multiple occupations. It's best to add this (and instance of (P31)) before adding any other statements. yes (you can use a HOLLIS record as a reference URL (P854))
has works in the collection (P6379) Harvard Film Archive (Q14715515) This applies to anyone who contributed to work that's in the HFA collection. If the Harvard Film Archive's collections page includes a collection named for them, use archives at (P485) to create an additional statement. yes (you can use a HOLLIS record as a reference URL (P854))
on focus list of Wikimedia project (P5008) Harvard Film Archive Project (Q111249030) This exists for tracking purposes. It's basically administrative metadata that indicates that the item was created or edited as part of our project, which gives us the ability to create lists and reports. no
at least one identifier property (see table below for specific properties) (see table below for lookups) Add at least one identifier, if available. These are helpful for disambiguation, especially when there are very few other statements about an item, and may also help to establish the item's notability. The table below contains a non-exhaustive list of likely identifiers and their lookups. no

IdentifiersEdit

Property Value Usage note Requires reference?
BFI Films, TV and people ID (P4438) Use Google to search name followed by site:https://www2.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/

(because BFI Filmography lookup is currently not returning results for a number of films and people with known BFI IDs)

no
ISNI (P213) ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier) lookup A previous Harvard Library project generated ISNIs for large proportion of HFA filmmakers, so this may be your best bet no
Library of Congress authority ID (P244) Library of Congress Name Authority File lookup no
Union List of Artist Names ID (P245) Getty ULAN (Union List of Artist Names) lookup no


If you are an experienced Wikidata editor creating many items manually, you may want to use the Film director Cradle form. (Despite the name, you can use this for producers, screenwriters, actors, composers, and other roles!) Make sure to log in first, and make sure you enter language (for label, alias, and so forth) as a two-character language code! A "create new item" button will appear at the bottom of the form after mandatory fields are filled in. References will need to be added to each new item after form submission.

Optional propertiesEdit

While entirely optional, consider using the following properties as applicable.

Please familiarize yourself with Wikidata's guidelines concerning description of living people and err on the side of respecting privacy.

The column header Value may be new entity? means "Might I need to create another Wikidata item to use this property, or should all the items I'd need to refer to exist already?" For example, for values for country of citizenship (P27) should be existing countries (unless there's a screenwriter who's founded an obscure new micronation), so it's marked as "no". Whereas employer (P108) might need to point to an organization that isn't yet represented in Wikidata; hence, "yes".

Property Value Value may be new entity? Usage note
archives at (P485) Harvard Film Archive (Q14715515) or other institution holding the subject's archives no Harvard Film Archive's archival collections are listed here
award received (P166) film awards no
country of citizenship (P27) country no
date of birth (P569) year or more specific date no
date of death (P570) year or more specific date no
employer (P108) organization for which the subject works or worked yes
family name (P734) surname yes
filmography (P1283) list of films person has directed yes
genre (P136) film genre associated with this person yes, but create sparingly only include if the person is strongly associated with a genre, or if useful for disambiguating from a person with a similar name
given name (P735) first name or another given name yes
image (P18) photograph or other depiction of person on [Commons] yes if adding a new image to Commons, do that first!
influenced by (P737) a person that influenced this person's films; see property definition for more specific related properties or search for other properties that may be applicable, such as student of (P1066) yes if making this claim, include a reference to a source that states the connection clearly
nominated for (P1411) film awards no
notable work (P800) works of significance among subject's works yes this is not intended to be an exhaustive list of the person's works
place of birth (P19) most specific known (e.g. city instead of country) birth location no
place of death (P20) most specific known (e.g. city instead of country) death location no
sex or gender (P21) male (Q6581097), female (Q6581072), intersex (Q1097630), transgender female (Q1052281), transgender male (Q2449503), non-binary (Q48270), or other values that reflect an individual's self-identified gender no Do not add without referenceable sources. Do not make inferences based on names. When in doubt, omit.
spouse (P26) a person that is or was married to this person; use unmarried partner (P451) for non-married companions yes may include date qualifiers

Enabling the Recoin gadget will also suggest high-value properties based on a person's occupation.

Film descriptionEdit

Property Value Value may be new entity? Usage note Examples
instance of (P31) film (Q11424) or more specific instance type no 12 Angry Men (Q2345) <instance of> film (Q11424)
genre (P136) genre; to do: add tips for searching these here yes, but create sparingly E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Q11621) <genre> science fiction film (Q471839)
title (P1476) title yes
country of origin (P495) no
publication date (P577) year or more specific date no
original language of film or TV show (P364) language in which a film or a performance work was originally created no


Based in part on https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Movies/Properties#Properties_for_films

If you are an experienced Wikidata editor creating many items manually, you may want to use the Film Cradle form for new items. Make sure to log in first, and make sure you enter language (for label, alias, and so forth) as a two-character language code! A "create new item" button will appear at the bottom of the form after mandatory fields are filled in. References will need to be added to each new item after form submission.

ReferencesEdit

Property Value Value may be new entity? Usage note
reference URL (P854) url of web page, finding aid or finding aid description, catalog record, etc. no
stated in (P248) item for reference source, such as HOLLIS (Q54862624) yes
retrieved (P813) date or point in time that information was retrieved from a database or website (for use in online sources) yes

Tools to help automate some aspects of Wikidata work. The two most useful for adding references are currentDate and DuplicateReferences.

ResourcesEdit

https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Linked_Data_for_Production/Practical_Wikidata_for_Librarians (one of the best places to start for all sorts of helpful basic information)

QueriesEdit

ListsEdit

Christine is working on this; please ignore!

This list is periodically updated by a bot. Manual changes to the list will be removed on the next update!

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