Suggested changes to wikidata template

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After a lot of activity in WikiTree-WikiData connections, I came up with a way to make the connection between the sites on WikiTree. We already have a template https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Template:Wikidata.

It is used like {{Wikidata|Q1234}} to display a link to Wikidata. You can add Wikipedia language as the second unnamed parameter like {{Wikidata|Q1234|enwiki}} and a link to associated wikipedia article will be displayed. Until now enwiki was a default, but since we now have Wikidata items without Wikipedia articles enwiki is no longer a default (I will change that soon). To display a wikipedia link, you have to add the language. 

That works for any page not just for people.

Now to the suggested change: To distinguish between the links to the person, relatives and other things, I will add the sameas parameter with the similar functionality as on the FindAGrave template. You will be able to add:

  • {{Wikidata|Q1234|sameas=yes}} or {{Wikidata|Q1234|enwiki|sameas=yes}} That would mean that item Q1234 represents the same person as the profile. I would automatically connect the pages on wikidata even if the data doesn't match. It would be done each week after the dump.
  • {{Wikidata|Q1234|sameas=no}} or {{Wikidata|Q1234|enwiki|sameas=no}} That would mean I will ignore the link. It is a link to a relative or anything else.
  • Without sameas parameter, I would do the existing logic to check if Q1234 item is a person and enough data matches between a profile and wikidata item.
in The Tree House by Aleš Trtnik G2G6 Pilot (673k points)
I did the suggested changes. It will take some time to make the automation for the sameas connectivity.

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+5 votes

Exciting news, Aleš! Thanks for this change and everything you do!

On the Wikipedia side, I created a template for WikiTree.

{{WikiTree}} 

As long as there is a matching WikiTree Person ID in Wikidata it will display:

*The Genealogy of _____ at WikiTree

by Azure Robinson G2G6 Pilot (346k points)
+5 votes
I recently added the wikidata template to some Dutch profiles, where I wanted to have a link to both the Dutch wikipedia article and the English one, so I coded the template twice:

* {{Wikidata|Q1394760|nlwiki}}
* {{Wikidata|Q1394760|enwiki}}

I have no problem with that unless a suggestion will be introduced saying something like "Duplicate Wikidata-item".

Alternative would be to allow multiple language identifiers, like

* {{Wikidata|Q1394760|nlwiki|enwiki}}
by Living Terink G2G6 Pilot (276k points)
I don't think I will ever check for duplicated wikidata items.
OK, thanks Aleš.

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