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Description

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

This template draws most of its values from Wikidata, but they can be overridden by locally entered data. Adding the data to Wikidata is preferable.

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, so this template should be added to all biographies, whether or not there are authority control identifiers in Wikidata already.

User pages

The template may also be placed on user pages, but then data must be entered locally.

Data types

Wikidata content is used as fallback for all identifiers.

The template validates digits for all values and shows an error if the check fails.

Wherever possible, the template also generates a link to WorldCat Identities, using VIAF or LCCN values, or manually via |WORLDCATID=.

Position

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

Usage

As a general guideline:

1: insert the empty version,
2: click "Show preview" to see which sources are automatically pulled from Wikidata,
3a: if you of know more sources, add them in the template using their named parameter,
3b: alternatively, consider adding those sources to the article's "Wikidata item", so that all versions of Wikipedia will automatically benefit.

In addition to the mixed-case parameter names listed on this page, the template also supports all-lowercase alias names of all parameters (except for deprecated ones).


Examples

Victor Hugo:

{{Authority control |VIAF=9847974 |LCCN=n/79/091479 |ISNI=0000 0001 2120 0982 |GND=118554654 |SELIBR=206651 |SUDOC=026927608 |BNF=cb11907966z |BIBSYS=90054094 |ULAN=500032572 |HDS=011461 |MBA=c0c99c8f-4779-4c35-9497-67d60a73310a |NLA=35212404 |NDL=00443985 |NKC=jn19990003739 |Léonore=LH/1320/26 |ICCU=IT\ICCU\CFIV\000163 |RSL=000081185 |BNE=XX874892 |CINII=DA00460099 |RKDartists=40381}}

Alexander Graham Bell:

{{Authority control |VIAF=59263727 |LCCN=n/79/113947 |ISNI=0000 0000 8138 6064 |GND=119408643 |SUDOC=066924146 |BNF=13746617f |MBA=9dd93d09-24b4-41f1-a48b-ef48b07499c3 |NDL=00620343}}

Harry Forbes Witherby:

{{Authority control |VIAF=66861474 |LCCN=n/87/142671 |ISNI=0000 0001 0911 2808 |GND=117421863 |SUDOC=090162897}}

Rendering

The template is split into seven sections: "General", "National libraries", "Art galleries and museums", "Art research institutes", "Biographical dictionaries", "Scientific databases", and "Other". If all identifiers are in the same section, |state= is ignored, and the template displays on one line:

Otherwise, the template displays as a navbox with a header:

Initial visibility: currently defaults to autocollapse

To set this template's initial visibility, the |state= parameter may be used:

  • |state=collapsed: {{Authority control|state=collapsed}} to show the template collapsed, i.e., hidden apart from its title bar
  • |state=expanded: {{Authority control|state=expanded}} to show the template expanded, i.e., fully visible
  • |state=autocollapse: {{Authority control|state=autocollapse}}
    • shows the template collapsed to the title bar if there is a {{navbar}}, a {{sidebar}}, or some other table on the page with the collapsible attribute
    • shows the template in its expanded state if there are no other collapsible items on the page

If the |state= parameter in the template on this page is not set, the template's initial visibility is taken from the |default= parameter in the Collapsible option template. For the template on this page, that currently evaluates to autocollapse.

Wikidata and tracking categories

The template can get its information from the following properties on Wikidata:

Parameter Section Appears as Wikidata property Tracking categories and page counts
Articles User pages Misc. pages Faulty IDs
AAG Art galleries and museums Auckland P3372: Auckland Art Gallery artist ID 1,804 0 6 0
ACM-DL Scientific databases Association for Computing Machinery P864: ACM Digital Library author ID 1,622 2 8 0
ADB Biographical dictionaries Australia P1907: Australian Dictionary of Biography ID 7,419 0 3 0
AGSA Art galleries and museums South Australia P6804: Art Gallery of South Australia creator ID 2,032 0 3 0
autores.uy Biographical dictionaries Uruguay P2558: autores.uy ID 801 0 3 0
AWR Biographical dictionaries Australian Women's Register P4186: Australian Women's Register ID 2,480 0 3 0
BIBSYS National libraries Norway P1015: NORAF ID 75,809 0 17 0
Bildindex Art research institutes Bildindex (Germany) P2092: Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur ID 135 0 3 1
BNC National libraries Chile P1890: CCAB ID 1,139 0 3 0
BNE National libraries Spain P950: Biblioteca Nacional de España ID 91,561 1 13 0
BNF National libraries France (data) P268: Bibliothèque nationale de France ID 299,787 2 66 4
Botanist Scientific databases International Plant Names Index P428: botanist author abbreviation 5,736 0 3 0
BPN Biographical dictionaries Netherlands P651: Biografisch Portaal van Nederland ID 7,322 0 3 0
CANTIC National libraries Catalonia P1273: CANTIC ID 29,790 0 4 3
CINII Scientific databases CiNii (Japan) P271: CiNii author ID (books) 31,585 0 12 0
CWGC Other Commonwealth War Graves Commission P1908: CWGC person ID 1,986 0 3 0
DAAO Art research institutes Australian Artists P1707: DAAO ID 1,012 0 3 6
DBLP Scientific databases DBLP (computer science) P2456: DBLP author ID 6,717 4 6 2
DIB Biographical dictionaries Ireland P6829: Dictionary of Irish Biography ID 5,358 0 3 0
DSI Art research institutes Scientific illustrators P2349: Stuttgart Database of Scientific Illustrators ID 3,428 0 3 0
EMU National libraries Ukraine P4613: Encyclopedia of Modern Ukraine ID 4,104 0 0 1
FAST Other Faceted Application of Subject Terminology P2163: FAST ID 233,341 0 4 0
FNZA Art research institutes New Zealand Artists P6792: Find NZ Artists ID 1,072 0 3 1
GND General Integrated Authority File (Germany) P227: GND ID 403,057 27 400 1
HDS Other Historical Dictionary of Switzerland P902: HDS ID 9,469 0 6 0
IAAF Other World Athletics P1146: World Athletics athlete ID 19,871 0 3 0
ICCU National libraries Italy P396: SBN author ID 17,869 0 7 0
ICIA Art research institutes ICIA (Israel) P1736: Information Center for Israeli Art artist ID 463 0 3 1
IEU Other Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine P9070: Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine ID 630 0 3 1
ISNI General ISNI P213: ISNI 524,043 23 150 0
Joconde Art research institutes Joconde (France) P347: Joconde work ID 531 0 3 0
KULTURNAV Art research institutes KulturNav (Norway) P1248: KulturNav-ID 5,038 0 3 2
LCCN National libraries United States P244: Library of Congress authority ID 676,631 26 531 0
LIR Other Lexicon Istoric Retic (Switzerland) P886: Lexicon istoric retic ID 130 0 3 0
LNB National libraries Latvia P1368: LNB ID 21,123 0 3 3
Léonore Other Léonore (France) P640: Léonore ID 1,645 0 2 4,201
MA Other Microsoft Academic P6366: Microsoft Academic ID 45,728 1 4 0
MBA Other MusicBrainz artist P434: MusicBrainz artist ID 134,712 0 48 0
MBAREA Other MusicBrainz area P982: MusicBrainz area ID 29,577 0 3 0
MBI Other MusicBrainz instrument P1330: MusicBrainz instrument ID 751 0 3 0
MBL Other MusicBrainz label P966: MusicBrainz label ID 4,394 0 4 2
MBP Other MusicBrainz place P1004: MusicBrainz place ID 5,418 0 3 0
MBRG Other MusicBrainz release group P436: MusicBrainz release group ID 116,800 0 3 0
MBS Other MusicBrainz series P1407: MusicBrainz series ID 748 0 3 0
MBW Other MusicBrainz work P435: MusicBrainz work ID 26,205 0 3 0
MGP Scientific databases Mathematics Genealogy Project P549: Mathematics Genealogy Project ID 14,581 1 4 0
NARA Other National Archives (US) P1225: U.S. National Archives Identifier 21,643 0 3 0
NCL National libraries Taiwan P1048: NCL ID 549 0 3 1
NDL National libraries Japan P349: National Diet Library ID 57,825 0 29 0
NGV Art galleries and museums Victoria P2041: National Gallery of Victoria artist ID 2,893 0 3 1
NKC National libraries Czech Republic P691: NKCR AUT ID 170,621 0 19 0
NLA National libraries Australia P409: Libraries Australia ID 41,309 2 13 0
NLG National libraries Greece P3348: National Library of Greece ID 20,477 0 3 0
NLI National libraries Israel P949: National Library of Israel ID 49,645 0 11 0
NLK National libraries Korea P5034: National Library of Korea ID 32,499 0 6 0
NLP National libraries Poland P1695: NLP ID (unique) 1,079 0 2 0
NLR National libraries Romania P1003: National Library of Romania ID 156 0 3 3
NSK National libraries Croatia P1375: NSK ID 10,669 0 3 0
NTA National libraries Netherlands P1006: Nationale Thesaurus voor Auteurs ID 223,918 0 29 0
ORCID General ORCID P496: ORCID iD 12,531 438 73 0
PIC Art research institutes Photographers' Identities P2750: Photographers' Identities Catalog ID 10,242 0 4 1
PLWABN National libraries Poland P7293: PLWABN ID 123,322 0 6 2
Publons Scientific databases Publons (researchers) P3829: Publons author ID 1,979 0 5 1
RID Scientific databases ResearcherID P1053: ResearcherID 2,786 23 14 0
RISM Other RISM (France) P5504: RISM ID 10,918 0 3 0
RERO Other RERO (Switzerland) P3065: RERO ID 24,081 0 8 0
RKDartists Art research institutes RKD Artists (Netherlands) P650: RKDartists ID 35,166 0 8 0
RKDID Art research institutes RKD ID (Netherlands) P350: RKDimages ID 1,010 0 3 0
RSL National libraries Russia P947: RSL ID (person) 880 0 7 0
SELIBR National libraries Sweden P906: SELIBR ID 39,005 0 25 1
SIKART Art research institutes SIKART (Switzerland) P781: SIKART ID 1,172 0 3 0
SNAC-ID Other Social Networks and Archival Context P3430: SNAC ARK ID 131,208 0 4 0
SUDOC Other SUDOC (France) P269: IdRef ID 241,229 6 55 0
S2AuthorId Scientific databases Semantic Scholar P4012: Semantic Scholar author ID 1,624 3 4 0
TA98 Scientific databases Terminologia Anatomica P1323: Terminologia Anatomica 98 ID 3,311 0 3 0
TDVİA Other Encyclopedia of Islam P7314: TDV İslam Ansiklopedisi ID 2,132 0 4 1
TePapa Art galleries and museums Te Papa (New Zealand) P3544: Te Papa agent ID 3,508 0 3 0
TLS Other Theaterlexikon (Switzerland) P1362: Theaterlexikon der Schweiz ID 578 0 3 3
Trove Other Trove (Australia) P1315: NLA Trove ID 66,303 2 5 0
UKPARL Other UK Parliament P6213: UK Parliament identifier 2,546 0 3 0
ULAN Art research institutes Artist Names (Getty) P245: Union List of Artist Names ID 46,577 0 14 0
USCongress Other US Congress P1157: US Congress Bio ID 12,875 0 3 0
VcBA National libraries Vatican P8034: Vatican Library VcBA ID 41,318 0 3 0
VIAF General VIAF P214: VIAF ID 909,355 97 1,126 2
WORLDCATID General WorldCat P7859: WorldCat Identities ID 761,503 1 14 0
General WorldCat (via Library of Congress) 3,759
General WorldCat (via VIAF) 148,721
Totals 85 6,148,376 659 2,900 4,245

Additional tracking categories

This template may add the following categories:

Error reports

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Microformat

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.

See also

TemplateData

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TemplateData for Authority control

A template to link Wikipedia articles to various library catalogue systems

Template parameters

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
VIAFVIAF viaf

International authority data from the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).

Default
Wikidata property P214
Numberoptional
LCCNLCCN lccn

Library of Congress Control Number. See [[Wikipedia:Authority control#LCCN]] for formatting instructions.

Default
Wikidata property P244
Stringoptional
ISNIISNI isni

International Standard Name Identifier is a method for uniquely identifying the public identities of contributors to media content such as books, TV programmes, and newspaper articles.

Default
Wikidata property P213
Stringoptional
ORCIDORCID orcid

Authority data on researchers, academics, etc. The ID range has been defined as a subset of the forthcoming ISNI range.

Default
Wikidata property P496
Stringoptional
GNDGND gnd GKD PND SWD

Authority data on people, corporations and subjects from the German National Library.

Default
Wikidata property P227
Stringoptional
SELIBRSELIBR selibr

Authority data from the National Library of Sweden.

Default
Wikidata property P906
Stringoptional
SUDOCSUDOC sudoc

Authority data of people listed in the general catalogue of the University Documentation System of France.

Default
Wikidata property P269
Stringoptional
BNFBNF bnf

Authority data of people listed in the general catalogue of the National Library of France.

Default
Wikidata property P268
Stringoptional
BPNBPN bpn

Dutch project with material for 40,000 digitized biographies, including former colonies of the Netherlands.

Default
Wikidata property P651
Numberoptional
RIDRID rid

An identifying system for scientific authors. The system was introduced in January 2008 by Thomson Reuters. The combined use of the Digital Object Identifier with the ResearcherID allows for a unique association of authors and scientific articles.

Default
Wikidata property P1053
Stringoptional
BIBSYSBIBSYS bibsys

BIBSYS is a supplier of library and information systems for all Norwegian university Libraries, the National Library of Norway, college libraries, and a number of research libraries and institutions.

Default
Wikidata property P1015
Stringoptional
ULANULAN ulan

ULAN is an online database using a controlled vocabulary currently containing around 293,000 names and other information about artists.

Default
Wikidata property P245
Stringoptional
HDSHDS hds

Historical Dictionary of Switzerland is an encyclopedia on the history of Switzerland.

Default
Wikidata property P902
Numberoptional
LIRLIR lir

Historical Dictionary of Switzerland: Lexicon Istoric Retic (LIR) is a two volume version with a selection of articles published in Romansh.

Default
Wikidata property P886
Numberoptional
MBAMBA mba

MusicBrainz is an open music encyclopedia that collects music metadata and makes it available to the public.

Default
Wikidata property P434
Stringoptional
MGPMGP mgp

Mathematics Genealogy Project is a web-based database for the academic genealogy of mathematicians.

Default
Wikidata property P549
Numberoptional
NLANLA nla

Authority control number issued by the National Library of Australia.

Default
Wikidata property P409
Stringoptional
NDLNDL ndl

Authority control number issued by the National Diet Library (National Library of Japan).

Default
Wikidata property P349
Numberoptional
NCLNCL ncl

National Central Library is the national library of Taiwan, Republic of China.

Default
Wikidata property P1048
Numberoptional
NKCNKC nkc

National Library of the Czech Republic (Národní knihovna České republiky) is the central library of the Czech Republic.

Default
Wikidata property P691
Stringoptional
LéonoreLéonore léonore

Léonore database (Base Léonore) is a French database that lists the records of the members of the National Order of the Legion of Honor.

Default
Wikidata property P640
Stringoptional
ICCUICCU iccu

Central Institute for the Union Catalogue (ICCU: Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico) is an Italian government agency created to build a single catalog of all the libraries in the nation. It manages National Library Service (SBN: Servizio bibliotecario nazionale).

Default
Wikidata property P396
Stringoptional
RSLRSL rsl

Russian State Library (Российская государственная библиотека) is the national library of Russia.

Default
Wikidata property P947
Numberoptional
BotanistBotanist botanist

Author citation (botany): standard form (official abbreviation) of a personal name for use in an author citation (only for names of algae, fungi and plants). Links to page at International Plant Names Index (IPNI).

Default
Wikidata property P428
Stringoptional
NARANARA nara NARA-person NARA-organization

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records.

Default
Wikidata property P1225
Numberoptional
NARA-personNARA-person

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records.

Default
Wikidata property P1222
Numberdeprecated
NARA-organizationNARA-organization

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records.

Default
Wikidata property P1223
Numberdeprecated
USCongressUSCongress uscongress

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a biographical dictionary of all present and former members of the United States Congress and its predecessor, the Continental Congress. Also included are Delegates from territories and the District of Columbia and Resident Commissioners from the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

Default
Wikidata property P1157
Stringoptional
BNEBNE bne

National Library of Spain (BNE: Biblioteca Nacional de España) is a major public library, the largest in Spain.

Default
Wikidata property P950
Stringoptional
CINIICINII cinii

CiNii is a bibliographic database service for material in Japanese academic libraries. It is maintained by the [[National Institute of Informatics]].

Default
Wikidata property P271
Stringoptional
TLSTLS tls

Theaterlexikon der Schweiz (TLS) is an encyclopedia about theatre in Switzerland. It was developed by the Institute of Theatre Studies of the University of Berne.

Default
Wikidata property P1362
Stringoptional
SIKARTSIKART sikart

SIKART is a biographical dictionary and a database on visual art in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It is published online by the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIAR).

Default
Wikidata property P781
Numberoptional
KULTURNAVKULTURNAV kulturnav

KulturNav is a Norwegian cloud-based software service, allowing users to create, manage and distribute name authorities and terminology, focusing on the needs of museums and other cultural heritage institutions. The software is developed by KulturIT ANS and the development project is funded by the [[Arts Council Norway]].

Default
Wikidata property P1248
Stringoptional
RKDartistsRKDartists rkdartists

RKDartists is an online database using a controlled vocabulary currently containing around 200,000+ names and other information about artists

Default
Wikidata property P650
Numberoptional
autores.uyautores.uy

autores.uy is an author's database, that focus on uruguayan authors. It also provides access to digitized works of the authors in public domain.

Default
Wikidata property P2558
Numberoptional
PICPIC pic

Photographers' Identities Catalog (PIC) is a photographer's database. It is maintained by the New York Public Library.

Default
Wikidata property P2750
Numberoptional
ACM-DLACM-DL acm-dl

Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library (ACM DL) author identifier.

Default
Wikidata property P864
Numberoptional
BALaTBALaT balat

Identifier for images in the Photo Library database of BALaT (Belgian Art Links & Tools), maintained by KIK-IRPA, Belgium's Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage.

Default
Wikidata property P3293
Numberoptional
BildindexBildindex bildindex

Picture index of art and architecture.

Default
Wikidata property P2092
Numberoptional
DBLPDBLP dblp

Identifier for person entries in the DBLP (Digital Bibliography & Library Project) computer science bibliography.

Default
Wikidata property P2456
Numberoptional
IAAFIAAF iaaf

Identifier for athletes in International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) database and website.

Default
Wikidata property P1146
Stringoptional
JocondeJoconde joconde

Identifier in the Joconde database of the French Ministry of Culture.

Default
Wikidata property P347
Stringoptional
LNBLNB lnb

Identifier assigned by the National Library of Latvia.

Default
Wikidata property P1368
Numberoptional
NSKNSK nsk

Identifier for an item in the National and University Library in Zagreb (including leading zeroes).

Default
Wikidata property P1375
Numberoptional
RKDIDRKDID rkdid

Identifier per RKDimages of the Netherlands Institute for Art History.

Default
Wikidata property P350
Numberoptional
SNAC-IDSNAC-ID snac-id

Identifier for items in the Social Networks and Archival Context system.

Default
Wikidata property P3430
Stringoptional
NLBNLB ID nlb

Identifier of a person, organisation or place from the name authorities of National Library Board.

Default
Wikidata property P3988
Stringoptional
UKPARLUKPARL urparl

UK Parliament member ID

Default
Wikidata property P6213
Stringoptional
VcBAVcBA vcba

Vatican Library ID

Default
Wikidata property P8034
Stringoptional
statestate

Initial state of the template

Suggested values
autocollapse expanded collapsed
Default
autocollapse
Unknownsuggested