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Is there any REST API that provides informations about "famous" people (Scientists, Writers, Philosophers, Politicians, ...) ?

In my case I need the following infos:

  • Photo,
  • Full Name
  • Born & Died dates,
  • Nationality
  • Profession(s)
  • Brief
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Wikidata sounds ideal for this use case.
Here's a list of human properties the API can return
Example Query Finding John and Sarah Connor
Here's how to Import a List of Names from Wikidata
This tutorial explains how to Extract RDF Data Models from Wikidata
Wikidata API Call Example
API Documentation

API Calls pass parameters in the URL; you can see this in the example URL posted above, here:
https://www.wikidata.org/w/api.php?action=wbgetentities&ids=Q180736&props=labels%7Cdescriptions%7Cclaims%7Csitelinks/urls&languages=az&languagefallback=&sitefilter=azwiki&formatversion=2

  • Thank you but can you provide an example of how could A REST API request look like ! – BBeta Jun 10 at 15:51
  • That was not what you asked, and now I'm torn because I do want to help you but it feels like you are not trying at all. What have you done to accomplish this? – albert Jun 10 at 17:10
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    I tried a lot, I find Wikidata before your valuable answer, but until now I can't understand where in the Wikidata website I can find a simple explanation/example of rest url, that retrieves the data I need .. all I see lot of talk about SPARQL & RDF that I hadn't heard about them before ! – BBeta Jun 10 at 17:58
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    gotcha. ok, well that maybe because they use mediawiki's API, i bet that is what its referred to as. – albert Jun 10 at 18:35

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