Steve Baskauf

Data Science and Data Curation Specialist

Linked Open Data

Wikidata, RDF, JSON-LD


biodiversity informatics

TDWG standards development


data science education

Python, R, GitHub


Selected publications

Jakub W. Bubnicki, Ben Norton, Steven J. Baskauf, Tom Bruce, Francesca Cagnacci, Jim Casaer, Marcin Churski, Joris P.G.M. Cromsigt, Simone Dal Farra, Christian Fiderer, Tavis D. Forrester, Heidi Hendry, Marco Heurich, Tim R. Hofmeester, Patrick A. Jansen, Roland Kays, Dries P.J. Kuijper, Yorick Liefting, John D.C. Linnell, Matthew S Luskin, Christopher Mann, Tanja Milotic, Peggy Newman, Jürgen Niedballa, Damiano Oldoni, Federico Ossi, Tim Robertson, Francesco Rovero, Marcus Rowcliffe, Lorenzo Seidenari, Izabela Stachowicz, Dan Stowell, Mathias W. Tobler, John Wieczorek, Fridolin Zimmermann, Peter Desmet. 2023. Camtrap DP: An open standard for the FAIR exchange and archiving of camera trap data. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. In press. Preprint at EcoEvoRxiv:

Baskauf, Steven J. and Jessica K. Baskauf. 2023. Using the W3C Generating RDF from Tabular Data on the Web Recommendation to manage small Wikidata datasets. Semantic Web Journal 14:5-27.

Baskauf, Steven J., Jennifer C. Girón Duque, Matthew Nielsen, Niel S. Cobb, Randy Singer, Katja C. Seltmann, Zachary Kachian, Mervin Pérez, Donat Agosti, Anna M. L. Klompen. 2023. Implementation Experience Report for Controlled Vocabularies Used with the Audubon Core Terms subjectPart and subjectOrientation. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 7:e94188.

Groom, Quentin, Peter Desmet, Lien Reyserhove, Tim Adriaens, Damiano Oldoni, Sonia Vanderhoeven, Steven J. Baskauf, Arthur Chapman, Melodie McGeoch, Ramona Walls, John Wieczorek, John R. U. Wilson, Paula F. F. Zermoglio, Annie Simpson. 2019. Improving Darwin Core for research and management of alien species. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 3:e38084.

Baskauf, Steven J., John Wieczorek, John Deck, and Campbell O. Webb. 2016. Lessons learned from adapting the Darwin Core vocabulary standard for use in RDF. Semantic Web Journal 7:617-627. (open access at

Baskauf, Steven J. and Campbell O. Webb. 2016. Darwin-SW: Darwin Core-based terms for expressing biodiversity data as RDF. Semantic Web Journal 7:629-243. (open access at

Recent presentations

Baskauf, Steve CommonsTool. LD4 Art and Design Affinity Group. Online. November 15, 2023. Presentation slides: Video link

Sica, Yanina V., Wesley M. Hochachka, Yi-Ming Gan, Kate Ingenloff, Dmitry Schigel, Robert D. Stevenson, Steven J. Baskauf, Peter Brenton, Anahita J. N. Kazem, John Wieczorek. 2023. Want to Describe and Share Biodiversity Inventory and Monitoring Data? The Humboldt Extension for Ecological Inventories Can Help! Biodiversity Information Standards Annual Meeting. Hobart, Australia. October 10, 2023.

Baskauf, Steve. TDWG Audiovisual Core Standard: Vocabularies for describing multimedia. Biological Data Standards Cluster - Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) meeting. Online. June 1, 2023.

Baskauf, Steve. Recent Developments in Biodiversity Informatics Standards: Describing the World Beyond Museum Collections. Austin Peay University (invited speaker). February 27, 2023.

Baskauf, S. Using VanderBot with wikibases. LD4 Wikibase Working Hour. Online. February 13, 2023. Presentation video:

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Latest Posts

Nine hundred images added to Wikimedia Commons from ACT
Nine hundred images added to Wikimedia Commons from ACT

Charlotte Lew and I have been working for some time to improve access to images in the Art in the Christian Tradition database by linking descriptive metadata in Wikidata to the corresponding artwork images in Wikimedia Commons. In the first part of the project, we were primarily cleaning up and linking Wikidata metadata to images that were already in Commons.

Building an Omeka website on AWS
Building an Omeka website on AWS

I recently finished building an Omeka digital collection for images from the files of Bassett Associates, a landscape architectural firm that operated for over 60 years in Lima, Ohio. This award-winning firm, which disbanded in 2017, was well known for its zoological design work and also did ground-breaking work in incorporating storm water retention as part of landscape site design.

Publication of subjectPart and subjectOrientation controlled vocabularies
Publication of subjectPart and subjectOrientation controlled vocabularies

On 26 April 2023 the Executive Committee of Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) ratified two new controlled vocabularies to become a part of the Audiovisual Core standard. This marks the culmination of hundreds of hours of work on my part over many years.