Commons:Structured data/Modeling

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You can help by working on guidelines and providing examples on each of the subpages listed below, or by creating additional subpages. Visit the talk page to discuss this process in general.

This page contains an overview of how to model information (metadata) about files on Wikimedia Commons in Structured Data.

The current templates are used as a starting point of what to model.

How to model specific types of content[edit]

  • Maps Crystal128-configure.svg Work in progress

How to model specific types of metadata[edit]

Here, we look at specific types of metadata for a file:

  • Date Crystal128-configure.svg Work in progress

How to model specific types of files[edit]

Own work upload directly to Commons[edit]

To describe a simple {{Own}} work upload directly uploaded by the author or {{Self}}-licensed by the uploader:

Upload from a platform like Panoramio, Geograph or Flickr[edit]

To describe an upload directly uploaded from a platform (preferably all uploads were done by a tool for consistency):

Uploads from Digital Public Library of America[edit]

Please see: Commons:Digital Public Library of America/Modeling


Some Bots automatically populate SDC data based on metadata in Commons templates.

General issues[edit]

  • What should be the general order of statements in the structured data statements tab? The community can indicate and change this order at MediaWiki:Wikibase-SortedProperties. (See the equivalent page on Wikidata)
  • Distinction between a digital file, and a creative work shown/depicted in a file
    • When should a creative work (for instance a map, drawing, print...) get its own Wikidata item?