Using SPARQL in QGIS

17th November 2020

A couple of months back I discovered the SPARQLing Unicorn QGIS Plugin and it has been super useful for both data visualizations and Wikidata editing.

After installing it adds a new option under the “Vector” menu item in QGIS. Its interface allows one to access and query a set of predefined SPARQL endpoints including Wikidata as well as pointing to a custom endpoint or RDF file.

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One of my use cases has been to fetch all glaciers in Wikidata missing GLIMS identifiers and then add a GLMIS layer from the official Shapefiles so I can visually see the overlap.

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I hope you will find this plugin useful as well.