Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Bots and gadgets/Importing data from IMDb

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Importing data from IMDb

  • Problem: When creating new pages for actors, directors, etc. much of the information is available in a structuring format on their IMDb page but it is time-consuming to transfer manually to Wikipedia.
  • Who would benefit: Editors creating, improving, or updating pages that use IMDb for information.
  • Proposed solution: A tool that can auto-import IMDb fields (e.g. year, title of movie/show, role, etc.) and a bot that will update articles when there is an addition to their IMDb page.
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  • Proposer: GeneralBelly (talk) 22:23, 24 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]


  • @GeneralBelly: There are already Mix-n-match catalogues for IMDb (for example, for actors; find them all by searching 'imdb' in the catalogue search form), to help with the importing part of this. Is that sufficient? The work then is to integrate this data into Wikipedia articles, the technical functionality for which already exists. —Sam Wilson 03:18, 25 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Hi Samwilson, I'm not familiar with Mix-n-match but I had a look at it and couldn't figure out a way to use it. Basically, I was hoping for a tool where I could identify an IMDb entry for an actor, e.g. Michelle Yeoh and it would give me a table of her work in wiki markup which I could add directly to the article. Is that possible? --GeneralBelly (talk) 16:27, 30 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • @GeneralBelly: Sounds good. Mix-n-match helps with getting the actors' and movies' details into Wikidata, from where they can be added to Wikipedia articles. This can be done dynamically with Lua in some cases (for individual items) or en masse via a bot such as {{Wikidata list}}, or via wikitext exports. The details can be figured out after voting. —Sam Wilson 04:03, 1 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]