Questions about Wikidata relationships


Should each alias of a person link to the artist’s Wikidata element, or should a Wikidata element correspond to only one MBID?

I’ve been linking Wikidata to aliases, since it seems that with most Wikidata elements there will be a one-to-many relationship—because artists with performance aliases get multiple MBIDs, and it won’t always be clear whether (or which) one of them is primary. But does a non-unique MBID–Wikidata relationship cause any problems for API users?

Also, if a work is a translation of another work, should the translation also get a link to the original work’s Wikidata element, or only a link to the localised Wikipedia article?


You can link one person Wikidata to several artist MBID and you can link several artist MBID to one person Wikidata.
Aliases have no MBID, only artists have.


Personally, I merge many of the multiple-MB listings into one. That would certainly solve the question. There are a few entries where artists keep separate identities. But typically, what I run into are older entries from before MB expanded some of the naming features or the more obvious misspelling-type situations.

*I’ve even considered joining Discogs to join some of the multiple listings - and separate the wrongly joined ones.