|The ID of the Wikidata item about the feature.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
The ID of the Wikidata item about the feature (for example, Q9141 represents the ). Like wikipedia=* only entries which are 'about the feature' should be linked. A link from St Paul's Cathedral in London to an entry about St Paul's Cathedral is fine. A link from a bus depot to the company that operates should use operator:wikidata=* instead, link from monument to event that is memorialized should use subject:wikidata=* instead.
For entries with both wikipedia=* and wikidata=* these links should be equivalent, except if Wikidata has a more precise entry, which corresponds better to the OSM object than the Wikipedia article does. In that case the relation between both (The Wikidata entry and its parent wikidata entry, connected to the WP entry) should be described on Wikidata, through a part of or capital of property.
Semi-automatically finding wikidata IDs
Finding a Wikidata ID
In order to add a Wikidata tag, you first have to find the item ID. An ID always begins with Q, followed by numbers. There are several ways to do so.
Search on the Wikidata homepage: www.wikidata.org. Now you can copy the id from that page. Alternatively you can extract the ID from a Wikidata URL: http://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q9141
Find a wikipedia article. If the article has a corresponding Wikidata item, you can click the "Wikidata item" button on the side menu. (See the image)
Note that you must review every single edited object. Otherwise it is an automated edit and you must follow Automated Edits code of conduct.
Adding missing items to Wikidata
Wikidata is a separate project, and a sister project of Wikipedia, which is freely editable in a similar fashion to OSM and Wikipedia. If an item does not exist in Wikidata itself, you can create it; but please read Wikidata's notability guidelines first.
Wikidata values are clickable on the OSM main site, and they link to the corresponding Wikidata item. Example:
You may tag secondary attributes of the feature by preceding the wikidata=* key with the name of the attribute, separated by a colon (:). The value of such a key would be the same as the normal wikidata=* key but referring to the appropriate Wikidata entry.
Common secondary Wikidata tags:
|Operator (not franchise) of a restaurant, shop, bank, or some other customer service or office. Entity type must be organization||operator:wikidata=*|
|Network of public transit routes.||network:wikidata=*||network:wikidata=Q614819|
|Used for various stores or franchise brands. e.g. McDonald's for a fast-food franchise outlet.||brand:wikidata=*||brand:wikidata=Q38076|
|The architect (or architectural firm) of a building. It should be an instance of human or company.||architect:wikidata=*||architect:wikidata=Q374276|
|The artist/maker of statue or other artwork or memorial. It should be an instance of human (if the artwork was not made by a human, use the appropriate info. e.g elephant).||artist:wikidata=*||artist:wikidata=Q5582|
|The species of a plant or an animal. It should be an instance of||species:wikidata=*||species:wikidata=Q15978631|
|The genus of a plant or an animal, should be an instance of. sometimes it is not possible to specify exact species.||genus:wikidata=*||genus:wikidata=Q171283|
|The taxon of a plant or an animal, may be either species or genus.||taxon:wikidata=*||taxon:wikidata=Q171283|
|The subject of a statue, artwork, or memorial (a person, event, geographical feature, ...). In some rare cases where the subject is plural, values will be separated by a semicolon.||subject:wikidata=*||subject:wikidata=Q23|
|The person, event, geographical feature or other subject that an entity (e.g. a street, airport, or building) is named after. For an old_name=*, use old_name:etymology:wikidata=*||name:etymology:wikidata=*||name:etymology:wikidata=Q1394|
|The specific flag hoisted on a man_made=flagpole. The value should be an instance of or a subclass of flag||flag:wikidata=*||flag:wikidata=Q172446|
|The tomb or burial site of a famous individual. The value should be an instance of ahuman (or possibly an instance of or subclass of an individual animal.
In many cases tombs are treated as special type of memorial with subject:wikidata=* being used.
|The monarch's initials or symbol. Mostly seen on royal mail postal boxes.||royal_cypher:wikidata=*||royal_cypher:wikidata=Q114242600|
|The manufacturer of a manufactured object.||manufacturer:wikidata=*||manufacturer:wikidata=Q7992391|
|The model designation of a manufactured object.||model:wikidata=*||model:wikidata=Q3993741|
|!Note: this is not a exhaustive list of all *:wikidata tags. For a list of all secondary attributes currently being tagged with this key, see taginfo|
Occasionally, a feature may have one or more secondary links, but no primary link. For example, a memorial depicting a famous event may have only a secondary subject:wikidata=* link. Monuments, memorials, statues and similar features should have wikidata=* only if they have their own Wikidata item. The same applies to chain stores.
What not to tag
|Instances of the following Wikidata items (and of any subclasses of the listed items) should be avoided in the wikidata=* tag:|
These types normally don't occur as OSM objects and since the main wikidata=* tag is for Wikidata items that are equivalent to OSM objects, Wikidata items of these types are normally tagging errors. However, for secondary wikidata tags these classes are fine.*human (Q5) (typically subject:wikidata=* should be used for artwork depicting humans or buried:wikidata=* for burial sites for the specific individual)
- web page (Q36774) (we are not mapping web pages, only specific websites relevant to the tag see website=*.)
- person (Q215627) (typically subject:wikidata=* should be used, for artwork depicting humans)
- animal (Q729) (typically subject:wikidata=* should be used, for artwork depicting animals and who is commemorated by a tomb/grave/church)
- fiction (Q8253) (typically subject:wikidata=* should be used, for artwork depicting fictional characters)
- taxon (Q16521) (typically species:wikidata=* should be used)
- brand (Q167270) (typically brand:wikidata=* should be used)
- chain store (Q507619) (typically brand:wikidata=* should be used)
- list (Q12139612) (we are not linking lists, only entries describing this specific feature)
- publication (Q732577) (typically subject:wikidata=* should be used, for artwork depicting publications)
It may be better to store certain data only on Wikidata. For example, instead of using name:etymology:wikipedia=* or name:etymology:wikidata=* one may follow the Wikidata link and use Wikidata's named after
Bugs and workarounds
Issue 6789 In the ID editor after adding the Wikidata item, the names will be locked in the fields section with the message: The "Name" field is locked because there is a Wikidata tag. You can delete it or edit the tags in the "Tags" section. However, it is still possible to edit names using the tags section.
- The proposal