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Import lists of names from Wikidata

Import lists of names from Wikidata for analytics of your document sets, structure of navigation, interactive filters and aggregated overviews

Open Data from Open Access databases like WikiData (structured data from Wikipedia in open standards for linked data and semantic web) can be used to improve search, analysis, filtering and navigation of your private documents, news and data.

This tutorial describes how to import multilingual lists of names from Wikidata as universal ontology or thesaurus to

Wikidata as open data database for fine granular structured multilingual linked data

If there is an existing list, dictionary, vocabulary or thesaurus or if the entries are available in other structured format like an semantic web ontology yet from open data sources like Wikidata, you don't need to enter manually each named entity like persons, organizations, locations or important words or concepts to the thesaurus to use them for analytics, navigation, aggregated overview and interactive filters.

One of the biggest and an universal Open Data source is WikiData, the multilingual structured database from Wikipedia.

From this multilingual and fine granular structured datasource you can select and download lists of names for example of people like politicians for your analysis of document sets & news, interactive filters (faceted search) or alerts.

Automatic tagging with named entities in list like names of people or organizations from Wikidata

Using this list of important names or ontology the named entities tagger is tagging documents in which this names occur.

Leads for research by matching watchlists

So you get leads for potential relevant documents where important concepts or people on such a watchlist or ontology occur, i.e. if analysing a large unknown document set or dataset or after getting new documents or news.

Analytics, aggregated overviews and exploration

By the faceted search you get an aggregated overview for the different facets like concepts, persons, locations or organizations showing, how many of the found or all documents matching this entity.

Interactive filters (faceted search)

You can use this overviews or named entities as interactive filter to narrow down search results.
So a click to a facet (i.e. an organization) will drill down the search results to fewer documents, matching this additional facet/filter, too.

Multilingual labels, alternate labels and aliases for Semantic Search

Since the used open standards for Semantic Web and Linked Data labels like names can be multilingual, so you will find the names in different languages.

So for example after import of names of politicians from Wikidata the semantic search for Angela Merkel will find documents which contain Angela Dorothea Kasner, too, which is birth name of Angela Merkel before she married.

Additionally documents which contain Angela Merkelowa or Ангела Меркель will be found, too, which is Angela Merkel written in russian language.

Open Standard for linked data and interoperability

Since Wikidata is using open standards for Linked Data and interoperability of the Semantic Web, the structured data in XML/RDF format and linked data by RDFS and SKOS thesaurus standard is interoperable and can be used for configuration of interactive filters and analytics of your document set in Open Semantic Search out of the box.

Import list or ontology or define Wikidata query

So you can import existing, shared or external list of names, thesauri, dictionaries, vocabularies or ontologies:

SPARQL query and SPARQL endpoint (triplestore)

Instead of uploading or referencing an yet downloaded graph or list of names, you can configure a SPARQL query on a triplestore (SPARQL endpoint) in the datasources user interface for ontololgies in the tab "SPARQL":

Therefore you have to use SPARQL queries with CONSTRUCT or DESCRIBE (like you can see in our SPARQL example queries) so the SPARQL results includes the following standard properties that are used for analytics: rdfs:label and/or skos:altLabel and/or skos:hiddenLabel

Plain text lists

If you work only with one single language you can export the results of a SELECT query for only a single field/property in CSV format (only one field, so you get a plain text list instead of a table) and import/upload/reference this plain text list of names to the Lists and Ontologies Manager, which is much more performant for this case, because you save download bandwidth and CPU resources while import.

Privacy & data protection

Open Semantic Search sends only the queries of the defined lists to the internet or linked data cloud and downloads the lists of names.

Different to common cloud services for named entity recognition, all other computing is done by open source software on your own computer or server without giving away sensitive informations like document content, search queries and how often and what has been found.

If even this list queries are sensitive information you can do downloads manually over Tor and import the data from the saved local files/graphs/lists by referencing or uploading them to the ontologies manager.

Wikidata queries examples

SPARQL Endpoint:


Germany (german politicians)

Members of german parialment

Deutscher Bundestag (Bundestagsabgeordnete)

Current and former members of German parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) (>4000 names):
DESCRIBE ?s WHERE { ?s wdt:P39 wd:Q1939555 . }

Landtag (Landtagsabgeordnete)
Baden Württemberg

Current and former members of Landtag Baden-Württemberg:
DESCRIBE ?s WHERE { ?s wdt:P39 wd:Q17481175 . }

List of politicians of other countries or parliaments

To find out more about queries for politicians of your country or your countries politicians are not yet available for download, you can help to add them to Wikidata in the working group Every Politician.