Populating this wikibase is both a test for wbstack as an experiment to create linked data on specimens of flora and fauna. Currently we focus on iNaturalist as a source of specimen data, but we explicitly do not want to limit ourselves to a single platform. iNaturalist has a convenient way for its users to select a prefered data-license which lead to many Wikimedia-ready data. The interface of downloading speciment data also makes it a convenient source of data.
I started with the following steps to populate this wikibase.
- Create a datamodel of Special:ListProperties properties
- Download a set of observations with a CC0 license through the download page if iNaturalist
- Wrote a python script to populate this Wikibase with the downloaded listing of CC0 observations
- Run the bot
- create a second bot to map the species names with the Wikidata item on the same species
- Run that bot.