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I am interested in a list of people of public interest living in Germany. The list should contain first name, last name, date of birth. People of public interest are celebrities, famous sportman/ -women, known politicians, etc. In wikipedia I can find many but, I have to search and record manually. Is there a structured list or / API which enables that ?

  • Welcome to Open Data SE! Just to clarify: Are you really interested in their place of residency or more in their citizenship? Two quick examples: Are you interested in John B. Emerson, the US Ambassador to Germany? Also, are you interested in Franka Potente, who currently lives in Los Angeles? – Patrick Hoefler Feb 11 '15 at 10:44
  • Hi Patrick, thanks for the quick comment! I am interested in people living in Germany - so John Emerson should be in the result set. However, I do not expect to get a 'complete' list - I have not been too specific about the definition of popis. Also containing some false positives (Germans living abroad) is not desired but I can deal with it. – ee2Dev Feb 11 '15 at 11:19
  • Thanks for the clarification! Another quick question: How do you currently search in Wikipedia for people who live in Germany? – Patrick Hoefler Feb 11 '15 at 12:01
  • I don't know of a systematic way. If I read a wikipedia article though, you may find the information where he lives. E.g. if you look at the wiki page of Boris Becker. – ee2Dev Feb 11 '15 at 13:50
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Germans can get you started, although it is many dead and/or infamous people, too. Interestingly, no German language version of that page exists. – philshem Feb 11 '15 at 19:33
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There is a category called "Deutscher" (German) in the German Wikipedia that is accessible with the help of the German DBpedia and contains more than 191000 pages. You could query DBpedia for pages that have a link to this category with the wikiPageWikiLink relation and filter for living people by looking up if their DBpedia page contains a death date or not, using deathDate.

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We found that next to DBpedia there is a commercial site https://www.munzinger.de/ which contains all the data relevant to the question free on their web site and have it accessible.

  • How is that data free or accessible? You would have to scrape it from their website and I haven't found any licence information. – Suzana Feb 9 '16 at 14:04

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