Grants talk:IEG/StrepHit: Wikidata Statements Validation via References/Timeline

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Feedback on some biographical sources[edit]

I'm an art historian and I do a lot of art-related editing on Wikimedia projects. Here's some feedback I have:

  • I would prefer if you did include websites with structured data. They may provide extremely valuable references for facts we've included on Wikidata.
  • Please don't include Artsy. It's a commercial website and not reliable.
  • Same for Web Gallery of Art. Not reliable.
  • Yes, please include ULAN. It doesn't have written biographies but it has birth and death dates which can be referenced on Wikidata from there.
  • I would really like it if RKDartists would be included for the same reason. If there's one website in the art field that I would like to structurally use in references on Wikidata, this would be it. Birth dates, death dates, birth and death places of artists.
  • For the Dutch language area, the Biografisch Portaal is the most important biography source we could have. It's maintained by Dutch research institutes and thus very reliable.
  • Reliable French-language biographies of Belgian painters: http://balat.kikirpa.be/peintres/ - also in Mix'n'Match

Keep up the good work! Spinster (talk) 17:42, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

@Spinster: thanks a lot for your feedback.
  • I have marked with Oppose Oppose both Artsy and the Web Gallery of Art;
  • concerning sources with semi-structured or structured data: StrepHit is originally conceived as a reading agent for unstructured data, namely raw text. However, I think it can be intelligent enough to also read other kinds of data. I have marked those sources with GA candidate.svg Semi-structured and GA candidate.svg Structured;
  • since the first implementation will focus on English, non-English sources are not mentioned in the list, but scheduled for going multilingual.
Cheers, --Hjfocs (talk) 09:42, 27 January 2016 (UTC)


Genealogics is a secondary source (at best) and none of the aggregated person data should be used if the ban on crowdsourced sites is to be honored. What happened to status updates after April? Tfmorris1 (talk) 18:12, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

@Tfmorris1: I have just uploaded the fifth monthly report of the project (11th May to 10th June). Please check out the timeline again. --Hjfocs (talk) 13:24, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

I am going to try and make a great change for the best of everyone's great fortune. Matthewphillips (talk) 19:54, 21 February 2017 (UTC)