Template:Authority control/doc

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Template:Authority control/related

Description[edit source]

This template links Wikipedia articles to various library (and other) catalogue systems, for biographies and other topics.

This template draws its values from Wikidata. A pencil icon gives convenient access to the "Identifiers" section of the corresponding Wikidata item.

Empty instances[edit source]

If there is no information in Wikidata for the specific subject, an empty instance of this template will be dormant, meaning it will be invisible on the rendered page. Thus, using this template on a page with no authority information is harmless. An empty instance of this template stays dormant in an article, until values are added to Wikidata, when it will then display them.

Validation[edit source]

The template attempts to validate digits for all values and shows an error if the check fails.

Position[edit source]

As a metadata template, the Authority control template should be placed on a new line, after the external links section and navigation templates, immediately before the categories.

Usage[edit source]

{{Authority control}}

As a general guideline:

  1. Insert the empty version
  2. Click "Show preview" to see which sources are automatically pulled from Wikidata
  3. If you know of more sources, add those sources to the article's Wikidata item, so that other language versions of Wikipedia will automatically benefit.

Suppression of identifiers[edit source]

Identifiers can be selectively suppressed via the |suppress= parameter. For example MusicBrainz artist ID (P434) can be suppressed by typing:

{{Authority control |suppress=P434}}

Specifying the Wikidata item[edit source]

If a page is not connected to a Wikidata item (for example, a page in draft space, user space or project space), you can specify the appropriate item to draw data from, by using the |qid= parameter.

{{Authority control |qid=Q49605590}}

To find the correct item, you can search the database. If there is not yet an existing item, you can create a new item.

As soon as the page is connected to a Wikidata item, this parameter will be ignored so you can remove it from the template.

Additional Wikidata items[edit source]

In some cases, you might need to specify additional items to draw data from. For example,

To specify additional items, you can use the |additional= parameter. For example: {{Authority control | additional = Q2319886, Q3320282}}

To automatically add additional links from related items, use |additional=auto. This is useful for married couples, musical groups, etc.

Whitelists[edit source]

A number of whitelists are configured, which allow only a limited selection of identifiers to be displayed. These can be used with the |show= parameter. For example, including |show=arts will only show identifiers which have identified as particularly relevant to the arts.

Multiple whitelists may be used. For example: {{Authority control|show=arts,SV}} adds identifiers from the arts and Sweden whitelists.

|country= can be used as an alias for |show= (but they can't both be used simultaneously).

List of whitelists
Script error: No such module "Authority control/documentation".

Examples[edit source]

Victor Hugo

{{Authority control |qid=Q535}}

Alexander Graham Bell

{{Authority control |qid=Q34286}}

Harry Forbes Witherby

{{Authority control |qid=Q352545}}

Carl Larsson

{{Authority control (arts) |country=SV |qid=Q187310}} Template:Authority control (arts)

Rendering[edit source]

The template is split into a number of sections, including "International", "National", "Academics", "Artists" etc. The template usually displays as a navbox with a header:

If all identifiers are in the same section, |state= is ignored, and the template displays on one line.

If you use additional qids to draw data from additional wikidata items, then a new section will be added for each. In this case, the identifiers will not be separated further:

How to manage this template's initial visibility
Transcluded from Wikipedia:Template:Collapsible option To manage this template's visibility when it first appears, add the parameter:

|state=collapsed to show the template in its collapsed state, i.e. hidden apart from its titlebar – e.g. {{Authority control |state=collapsed}}
|state=expanded to show the template in its expanded state, i.e. fully visible – e.g. {{Authority control |state=expanded}}
|state=autocollapse to show the template in its collapsed state but only if there is another template of the same type on the page – e.g. {{Authority control |state=autocollapse}}

Unless set otherwise (see the |state= parameter in the template's code), the template's default state is autocollapse.

Microformat[edit source]

The template wraps each UID value with the HTML markup: <span class="uid">...</span>, which enables the first-found value to be included in an hCard microformat.

List of identifiers[edit source]

The template gets its information from the following properties on Wikidata: Script error: No such module "Authority control/documentation".

Additional tracking categories[edit source]

This template may add the following categories:

Error reports[edit source]

See the monthly error report for this template.

See also[edit source]

TemplateData[edit source]

This is the TemplateData for this template used by TemplateWizard, VisualEditor and other tools. Click here to see a monthly parameter usage report for this template in articles based on this TemplateData.

TemplateData for Authority control

A template to link Wikipedia articles to various library catalogue systems

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

whitelistshow country

Whitelist (e.g. arts) or country code (e.g. ES) or property (e.g. P214) to show. If not specified, then every supported identifier will be displayed.

Suggested values

Comma-separated list of identifers to suppress from the template, in the form of the Wikidata property ID (e.g. P227),

P227, P1986

Wikidata QID number for an article not yet connected to a Wikidata item. Once the article is connected to a Wikidata item, then this parameter will be ignored.


Comma-seprated list of additional Wikidata QIDs of items to display data for. Each should be related and covered by the article.


Initial state of the template

Suggested values
autocollapse expanded collapsed