I have a QGIS plugin that performs a long-running operation, eventually producing and loading new shapefiles into QGIS. (I have this as a plugin rather than just a function that can be called from the console because the console doesn't work very well for long-running operations.)
Internally, the plugin creates a complex Python data structure. I would like a user to be able to access this data structure from the QGIS Python console.
I know that this could be done by serializing the data structure to a file and then loading it from a file (slightly more difficult in this case because the data structure cannot be pickled) but I am wondering if there is some sort of global variable inside QGIS to which I can assign my data structure from the plugin so that it can be directly used from the Python console.