-          in the national language(s) and script(s) : Wikipedia

-          in English : Wikipedia



Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

149 New Montgomery Street

Floor 6

San Francisco, CA 94105

United States


Web site


Note :

Wikipedia is a Non-Contributor VIAF source. The Wikimedia Foundation is not eligible to appoint a representative to VIAF Council.


Short description of the institution :

 The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property.  [source : ]


Short description of the authority data

Content from Wikipedia articles is selectively sought and reused by VIAF.


Data provided to VIAF

Wikipedia data are used selectively by VIAF. Typical data used include factual data such as birth and death dates. VIAF adds appropriate Wikipedia URLs to VIAF clusters.


Data provided to Wikipedia

An automated process, VIAFbot, adds appropriate VIAF identifiers to Wikipedia articles (and via this channel VIAF identifiers become part of Dbpedia and Wikidata representations of Wikipedia content).



Klein, Maximillian, and Alex Kryios. 2013. VIAFbot and the Integration of Library Data on Wikipedia. code{4}lib journal. Issue 22, 2013-10-14.