Utility (endpoint name Utility)

The utility service offers miscellaneous queries for parsing and validating data.

The splitEntityName query exposes CollectiveAccess’ internal entity name processing system, providing conversion of text names into field-level components compatible with CA’s entity record label format.

This query takes a text name and splits it into prefix, surname and forename. The displaynameFormat controls how the display text version is formatted. By default display text is the same as the input text, but can be normalized with to surnameCommaForename, forenameCommaSurname, forenameSurname, forenamemiddlenamesurname, or a display template.

query {
                name: "Mr. George Tilyou",
                displaynameFormat: "surnamecommaforename"
        ) {

The parseDate query parse text dates into a numeric interval and a normalized text representation. The interval can be returned in CA’s internal “historic” floating point format, or as Unix timestamps. Note that Unix timestamps can only be created for dates on or after January 1, 1970. Historic values are used by default. Set the format parameter to “unix” to return Unix timestamps. The format of the normalized text date can be controlled using the displayFormat parameter. Possible values are text (localized text), delimited (a date in the format 1/1/2020), iso8601, yearOnly (only the year no matter how specific the input date is) and ymd (a date in the form 20200101). By default text is used. To specify the language of returned text dates set the locale parameter, as in this query:

query {
                date: "january 1950",
                locale: "de_DE"
        ) {

which returns

        "ok": true,
        "data": {
                "parseDate": {
                        "start": 1950.0101,
                        "end": 1950.0131235959,
                        "text": "Januar 1950"