Excel SPARQL Import – Ontorion

By | November 25, 2015

In this post I show you how you can combine SPARQL – a semantic query language for databases, and Excel – Microsoft’s ubiquitous spreadsheet software, to do an Excel SPARQL import.

Excel is a commonly used tool for data science and data analysis. This being the case I was interested to know if there was an easy way to do an Excel SPARQL import – i.e. send the output of a query to a SPARQL end point directly to Excel.

After some hunting around I found Ontorion – an Excel add-in made by Polish cloud computing and big-data company Cognitum.

Installing and Using Ontorion

After a simple install process, Ontorion is available as a new, easily accessible menu.

Find out how to install an Excel Add-in

Opening this menu gives you the option to Import From Sparql:

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Click this to bring up Ontorion Sparql query editor where you can specify your sparql end point, and your exact query. Although hardly a full-featured text-editor, I did find the debugging available at this point very useful.

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Once you (and the debugger) are happy with your query you just hit “Execute” to have the results of the query brought into your Excel worksheet.


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