Wikidata:WikiProject Biodiversity

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Video introduction to interlinking botanical collectors and collections with the help of Wikidata
A freely licensed iNaturlist observation of Trachelomonas cervicula (Q68505454) (iNaturalist:156648631) featured on Wikipedia's (en) main page
A freely licensed iNaturalist observation of Hylaeus relegatus (Q2190134) (iNaturalist:9060419), featured on Wikidata's main page
A freely licensed iNaturalist observation of Procavia capensis (Q323847) (iNaturalist:14693435), reused on Wikimedia Commons.
Poster on Wikimedia and iNaturalist, presented at the conference Biodiversity Next (Q72134884)
A freely licensed iNaturalist observation of Saturnia pavonia (Q30964) (iNaturalist:79037190), submitted to Wiki Loves Earth.

WikiProject Biodiversity started as WikiProject iNaturalist: iNaturalist (Q16958215) is a citizen science project focused on biodiversity. It has a large community of enthusiasts, of which some are also active in the various Wikimedia communities. This wikiproject aims at improving the cross-pollination between iNaturalist and Wikimedia communities. Wikimedia Commons is an ideal platform to reuse iNaturalist observations, while iNaturalist with its high-grade annotations of observations provides valuable references to Wikidata statements. "Research grade" observations are incorporated into other online databases such as Global Biodiversity Information Facility (Q1531570). iNaturalist supports many Wikimedia-compatible licensing options, including CC0 (Q6938433), Creative Commons Attribution (Q6905323) and Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (Q6905942). Snippets from Wikipedia are also used on iNaturalist to describe individual taxa.

Wikidata properties[edit]

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (Q1531570)  View with Reasonator View with SQID[edit]

Global Registry of Scientific Collections (Q98594614)  View with Reasonator View with SQID[edit]

iNaturalist (Q16958215)  View with Reasonator View with SQID[edit]

observation.org (Q2920162)  View with Reasonator View with SQID[edit]

Observing and annotating biodiversity with (handheld) devices[edit]

Citizen science projects
project web android ios default license cc0 cc-by cc-by-sa image api commons userscript comments
iNaturalist link link link cc-by-nc + + + + inaturalist2commons
Plantnet link link link cc-by-sa - - + - -
Birdnet link link link - - - - - - This app is to recognize bird sounds. To reuse and store on Wikimedia projects, recordings need to be stored locally and uploaded directly.

Project chat[edit]

Events[edit]

2022[edit]

2021[edit]

2020[edit]

2019[edit]

Issue tracker on Phabricator[edit]

phab:tag/inaturalist

Wikimedia Commons[edit]

Commons Templates[edit]

Commons:Template:Inaturalist can be used with media files to link to an observation on iNaturalist that includes those files. Use {{iNaturalist|1234567}} on the Wikimedia Commons description page to link to https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1234567.

Commons:Template:Gbif can be used with media files to link to an occurrence on GBIF that includes those files. Use {{Gbif|1234567}} on the Wikimedia Commons description page to link to https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/1234567.

Wiki loves iNaturalist![edit]

Wiki loves iNaturalist! helps you find articles of species on Wikipedia and Wikidata that lack images and find appropriately licensed images in iNaturalist to use in Wikipedia articles. Note that you need the upload_by_url user right to import the images directly to Commons.

iNaturalist2Commons[edit]

iNaturalist2Commons is a user script that lets you import free-license images from iNaturalist to Commons. Note that you need the upload_by_url user right to import the images.

Tarsier GBIF image search[edit]

Tarsier is a wrapper around the GBIF api. Given a scientific name of a taxon, links to images are returned. When the license allows reuse in Wikimedia commons and the host servers are allowed to directly upload to commons, images can then be directly uploaded. For usage stats of Tarsier-uploaded images, see here.

Currently, images from the following institutes can be uploaded to commons using Tarsier:

Images from the following domains can be uploaded by manually changing the url to the redirected URL (see github issue):

Images from the following domains can be uploaded by first downloading them locally (Some links provided in GBIF do not refer to an image, but direct to a link from where the image can be downloaded.):

The following institutes are proposed to be included in the list of domains from where images can be uploaded to commons automatically:

Usage stats[edit]

Files that are in the Wikimedia Commons category Media from iNaturalist are used thousands of times across Wikimedia projects, as detailed here.

Wiki Loves Earth[edit]

iNaturalist & Wiki Loves Earth[edit]

Wiki Loves Earth, the international photo contest on local natural heritage, is a fine occasion to combine iNat and Wikimedia. Use this Petscan-Query to search for Media from iNaturalist submitted to Wiki Loves Earth.

Example queries[edit]

Example query 1 Commons images verified by the iNaturalist community[edit]

The following query uses these:

Features: ImageGrid (Q24515278)  View with Reasonator View with SQID

#defaultView:ImageGrid
SELECT ?item ?itemLabel ?image WHERE {
  ?item p:P18 ?node .
  ?node ps:P18 ?image .
  ?node prov:wasDerivedFrom ?references .
  ?references pr:P248 wd:Q16958215 .
  OPTIONAL {?references pr:P5683 ?inatId .}
  SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "[AUTO_LANGUAGE],en". }
}

Example query 2 Wikidata map of places with links to iNaturalist[edit]

Map of iNaturalist places - Wikidata Query Service 2021-07-12.png

The following query uses these:

Features: Map (Q24515275)  View with Reasonator View with SQID

#defaultView:Map
SELECT DISTINCT ?item ?itemLabel ?pic ?coord ?iNatlink WHERE {
  ?item wdt:P7471 ?iNat .
  ?item wdt:P625 ?coord .
  OPTIONAL { ?item wdt:P18 ?pic . }
  BIND(URI(CONCAT("https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?subview=grid&view=species&place_id=", STR(?iNat))) AS ?iNatlink)
  SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "[AUTO_LANGUAGE],en". }
}

Example query 3 Wikidata map of Global Administrative Areas with links to GBIF datasets[edit]

The following query uses these:

Features: Map (Q24515275)  View with Reasonator View with SQID

#defaultView:Map
SELECT DISTINCT ?item ?itemLabel ?pic ?coord ?GBIFlink WHERE {
  ?item wdt:P8714 ?GADM .
  ?item wdt:P625 ?coord .
  OPTIONAL { ?item wdt:P18 ?pic . }
  BIND(URI(CONCAT("https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/map?gadm_gid=", STR(?GADM))) AS ?GBIFlink)
  SERVICE wikibase:label { bd:serviceParam wikibase:language "[AUTO_LANGUAGE],en". }
}

Subpages[edit]

Participants[edit]

[+] Add yourself to the list

The participants listed below can be notified using the following template in discussions:

{{Ping project|Biodiversity}}

See also[edit]

Wikimedia[edit]

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons has media about WikiProject Biodiversity.

External links[edit]