Wikipedia:Biographical metadata

This page is intended to summarise the state of biographical metadata on Wikipedia. Where such data exists, what tools are available to extract and use it, and what systems are in place to synchronise, update and extend existing data. Please add more to this summary as needed.

Examples of biographical metadataEdit

  • Date of birth
  • Date of death
  • Surname and given names
  • Gender (currently not covered at all)
  • Place of birth
  • Place of death
  • Relationships (marriages and genealogy)
  • Location of grave or other resting place (see Geographical coordinates)

Examples of biographical metadata systemsEdit

Examples of biographical metadata systems used on Wikipedia-EN include:

Missing or incorrect dataEdit

Various systems exist to track and update missing data.

Others try to detect inconsistencies and incorrect metadata.


Various applications and tools exist or could exist to handle and search biographical data.

  • Personensuche is a toolserver application developed for the German Wikipedia that provides a search for biographical articles on the German Wikipedia. Persons can be searched by name, gender, dates and locations of birth and death, description and nationality. The tool also provides a data sheet for every person in the database which includes all metadata (Persondata, categories, authority records) from the article as well as links to corresponding entries in various online databases.

External databasesEdit

Examples of external databases that include biographical metadata include:

See alsoEdit