The SPARQL endpoint is http://wdqs-beta.wmflabs.org/bigdata/namespace/wdq/sparql and it has a Web form to fire queries. However
http://www.wikidata.org/prop/direct/P31 (« instance of ») tells you what the entity is.
The repository doesn’t have named graphs, or at least the SPARQL endpoint rejects graph queries. The classes of entities (
rdf:type) are not described in the repository.
To find the HTML page of an entity (such as
https://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q866405), simply replace
By default the SPARQL endpoint returns the results in SPARQL Results XML format but
-H "Accept: application/json"to the cURL command gets them in JSON Query Results
-H "Accept: text/csv"to the cURL command gets them in CSV format (the most readable).
Don’t forget to URL encode the query 😉
The list of entity types
Description of an entity (East Antarctica)
describe queries return all the triples in which the selected entity is subject (position 1/3). Certain SPARQL endpoints (such as this one) also return the triples in which the entity is object (position 3/3). The query result being a graph and not a table like for SPARQL Results, the default format is RDF/XML. JSON and Turtle (
text/turtle) can also be requested.