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How do I get Data into the FactGrid?

You either create the "Item" you need manually or you use QuickStatements to create hundreds or thousands of items in a single input (with about 2 edits per second)

Creating items one by one

To create a single item go to "New Item" in the menue (left) and fill in the input mask. You need

  • a "label" - that is how your item is known and searched in the basic site search (input fiel right on top)
  • a "description" which will help you to spot your item among others of the same name. If you create a person give * birth and + death dates, at least one place, an occupation or achievement. If your "item" is a document give a brief summary.
  • state "aliasses" if your item shall become known under other name variants as well.

Creating larger numbers of items in a mass input via QuickStatements

There are YouTube videos available that show how you create inputs with QuickStatements

The tough part in it is to prepare your data. If you add individual statements you get autocomplete help. If you run a mass input your data have to be precise: the Q-numbers, dates in the exact format, geo-coordinates in the input standard (that differs from the output via SPARQL).

Once you have transformed your data in a table format you can run a QuickStatement (left menue) "Version 1" input by filling big blocks of columns into the input field. Press "Version 1" input. If your data are machine readable you will get a preview of the upcoming input. Look into it to see whether there are "unknown" fields. These will create error message in the input.

You can also transform your input lines into comma-separated-values, csv data. The csv input is faster but it is also tricky as soon as you have double quotes " in text passages you want to add.

The following links give detailed help:

How do I search FactGrid

How do I create new properties?

There is a Directory of Properties in the link list in the menu. Check whether the statement you want to make is already available with a P-number.

If you miss a particular P-number you can create it, but it is recommendable to discuss the new property first on Talk:Directory of Properties.

If you create a new property make sure that you have considered the data type. Do you want to link Q-numbers to other Q-numbers? Do you want to link them to dates, to URLs, to external identifiers like a GND number? This needs to be decided when creating the P-number for the respective statement.

How do I state my own research on FactGrid?

  • automatically as we have only registered users. Whatever you do it leaves a trace in "Version histories" and "User contributions"
  • Create a research statement like Item:Q11305 and fix that with the Property:P131 on all data sets that have noteworthy work of yours to show
  • Use Property:P17 on any individual statement you cannot yet make with more than the knowledge of present research and risk estimates and working hypotheses!

How do I see who is doing what of FactGrid

Click "Recent changes" in the menu or explore the "Version history" of any item.

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