“Garbage in, garbage out” is often heard in just about any field that uses data. Regardless of which application will be analyzing, transforming, or exploring your data, a quick run through OpenRefine will greatly reduce the amount of garbage data going into your project. In addition to cleaning and standardizing your data, OpenRefine can add a great deal of value to your data by transforming text into URIs for use in Linked Open Data (LOD) applications.
This session will demonstrate how OpenRefine can clean messy data. Once the data has been cleaned, we’ll discuss reconciliation services and how you can use them to turn strings into things.