Asking and answering questions with Open data

20 May 2019, 11.00 AM - 20 May 2019, 1.00 PM

Room 2.26, 35 Berkeley Square, University of Bristol, BS8 1JA


SPARQL ("sparkle") is a language for asking questions. It is used by some of the biggest knowledge representation systems, including Wikidata and DBPedia. With SPARQL you can quickly build interactive visualisations of almost any topic. This workshop will get you thinking and writing in SPARQL, exploring its grammar by asking questions and getting answers on topics including alumni of the University of Bristol. We will look at tips and tricks for translating English to and from SPARQL.


This session assumes no prior experience with databases. It will involve some typing on your computer.

What you will learn

  • How knowledge is represented in a “knowledge graph”
  • The basics of SPARQL (a language for asking questions of knowledge graphs)
  • Using the Wikidata Query Service to generate visualisations of a topic with a few lines of SPARQL.

Please bring....

A fully charged laptop with web browser software.

Data Week 2019

This event is part of Data Week 2019, run by the Jean Golding Institute

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