I have a data-spreadsheet containing a value-attribute that changes over time for a number of administrative units. I have a polygon layer as well with features for each of the administrative units. The spreadsheet containing the date looks like this:

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I now want to use the built-in temporal control in QGIS 3.16 to visualise the change of the attribute-value for each administrative unit over time. I imported the spreadsheet as attribute data. Now the problem starts: how to join the attributes to the geometry? Each geometry (administrative unit) should contain for every time-stamp a separate value.

Having the Admin. units in the spreadsheet in the top row, I can't make a table-join with the polygon-layer. So I tried to first convert the spreadsheet in this way:

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No I can joint these attributes using the Ad.Unit-field to the geometries of the administrative units. That works, however, I only get the first data-set per ad.unit (day 1). All the others are left out. But to be able to animate, I should have a value for each day (timestamp-field).

What I would like to achieve is a time-animated circle-marker whose size depend on the value-field for each day. How to achieve this?

  • Your time/date format needs to be correct example: YYYY-MM-DD see more medium.com/@tjukanov/…
    – Mapperz
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 1:25
  • Yes, I have that, in principle, the timestamp-field works with the temporal controller. The problem is with joining the two layers: geometry and attributes
    – Babel
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 9:20
  • By the way, I spek about the native, built-in time controller (since 3.14), not the timemanager plugin
    – Babel
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 12:01

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To create several new attributes for one feature on the layer admin_units from different features (rows) of the data-only layer imp, use field calculator. To get the value attribute for each row from imp to the corresponding new attribute in admin_units (where for each date in timestamp attribute, a separate field should be created), use this expression :

with_variable (
        filter:=timestamp= to_date('2022-08-28') and ad_unit=@name

Screenshot (be aware that the last field has a wrong fieldname - it should be 28-08-22 (not 29-08-22): enter image description here

  • I see what you did here, and it could be useful in many situations! But what is the purpose of changing the imp record #4 timestamp day value from 28 to 29 in the admin_units field name?
    – Stu Smith
    Commented Aug 28, 2022 at 20:57
  • That is an error, it should be 28, not 29, of course. Will add an explanation to the solution, thanks for drawing my attention to it!
    – Babel
    Commented Aug 28, 2022 at 21:03

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