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Description

This metadata template links Wikipedia articles to various library catalogue systems. At the moment, it is used almost exclusively in biographical articles. See authority control and Wikipedia:Authority control for more information.

The supported authority files include:

  1. Universal Authority File (Template:Lang or GND)
  2. Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN)
  3. Virtual International Authority File (VIAF)
  4. LIBRIS by the National Library of Sweden (SELIBR)
  5. Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)
  6. Outdated: Name Authority File (Template:Lang or PND), now part of GND
  7. Outdated: Corporate Bodies Authority File (Template:Lang or GKD), now part of GND
  8. Outdated: Subject Headings Authority File (Template:Lang or SWD), now part of GND

Where possible, the template also generates a link to WorldCat Identities, using the LCCN variable. (It will shortly be possible to link using VIAF values - this is being tested by OCLC and will be activated in the template as soon as it goes live.)

Usage

{{Authority control |VIAF=xxxxxx |LCCN=n/xx/xxxxxx |GND=xxxxxx |SELIBR=xxxxxx |ORCID=xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx }}

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{{Authority control |VIAF= |LCCN= |GND= |SELIBR= |ORCID= }}
The following data sources are accepted
Parameter Scope Name Search Remarks
VIAF People Virtual International Authority File [1] International authority data from the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)
GND All Universal Authority File (Template:Lang) [2] [3] Authority data on people, corporations and subjects from the German National Library
LCCN People Library of Congress Control Number [4] See Wikipedia:Authority control#LCCN for formatting instructions
SELIBR People LIBRIS Authority data from the National Library of Sweden
ORCID People ORCID [5] Authority data on researchers, academics, etc. The ID range has been defined as a subset of the forthcoming ISNI range. For free text links, it is also possible to use {{ORCID}}
The following data sources are deprecated

and will cause articles to be added to hidden tracking sub-categories of Category:Wikipedia articles with authority control information: Template:Collapse top

Deprecated
parameter
Scope Name Remarks Tracking
Template:Red People Template:Lang
(now part of GND)
Authority data on people from the German National Library (Template:Red) PND cat
Template:Red Corporations Template:Lang
(now part of GND)
Authority data on corporations from the German National Library (Template:Red) GKD cat
Template:Red Corporations Template:Lang
(now part of GND)
Authority data on corporations from the German National Library (Template:Red)
Template:Red Subjects Template:Lang
(now part of GND)
Authority data on subjects from the German National Library (Template:Red) SWD cat

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Examples

{{Authority control|GND=119408643|LCCN=n/79/113947|VIAF=59263727}} (for Alexander Graham Bell) produces

{{{header}}}
{{{body}}}

{{Authority control|VIAF=66861474}} (for Henry Witherby) produces:

{{{header}}}
{{{body}}}

Microformat

The template wraps each UID value with the XHTML code: <span class="uid">...</span>, which enables the first-found value to be included in an hCard microformat. For that reason, VIAF, where present, is given first.

Maintenance reports

See also

For more information


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