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Wikidata Item Identifier API query parameter

For API query parameters, please consider offering the Wikidata Item Identifier instead of (or, alternatively to) the Wikipedia Link to identify a Wikipedia entity.

This makes referencing entities easier because you avoid the case-sensitive nature of Wikipedia Links and reduces errors in link composition.

For example, the following will fail due to the 'wikipediaid' parameter value lower-case 'a' and 'i', and, the omission of the period ('.') at the end of the entity name:

https://api.labs.cognitive.microsoft.com/eventknowledge/v1.0/relatedevents?wikipediaid=apple+inc

The correct API request should be:
https://api.labs.cognitive.microsoft.com/eventknowledge/v1.0/relatedevents?wikipediaid=Apple+Inc.

Instead, you might want to offer a 'wikidataitemid' parameter that allows developers to reference the Q-prefixed identifier for a given Wikipedia entity, e.g. 'Q2283' (https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q2283).

Related: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Help:Items

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