Using OpenRefine for Library Metadata

$175.00

Dates: June 7 - July 4

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

OpenRefine is a free open-source tool that makes editing messy metadata easier through clustering, faceting, advanced find and replace scripting, and linked data reconciliation in a spreadsheet-like environment. In addition to cleaning up metadata, OpenRefine’s linked data and URL building tools can extend metadata through databases and API calls.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Course Description

OpenRefine is a free open-source tool that makes editing messy metadata easier through clustering, faceting, advanced find and replace scripting, and linked data reconciliation in a spreadsheet-like environment. In addition to cleaning up metadata, OpenRefine’s linked data and URL building tools can extend metadata through databases and API calls.

This course will introduce OpenRefine from a beginning level with installation, introduce how to effectively use standard features, and go on to introduce more advanced features such as reconciliation against Library of Congress Subject Headings linked data and creating an API call.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students will be able to install and run OpenRefine on their computers.
  • Students will be able to edit a spreadsheet file with simple errors.
  • Students will be understand the role of clustering, faceting, and searching in editing data.
  • Students will be able to construct a simple API call to search against their data.
  • Students will be able to install a simple reconciliation extension service.

Note: Students may want to use the following book as background material for the course. It is widely available in libraries: Ruben Verborgh and Max De Wilde, Using OpenRefine (Birmingham: Packt Publishing, 2013) http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/889271264

This course can be taken as one of eight courses needed to earn our Certificate in Cataloging and Technical Services, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Greer Martin

Greer MartinGreer Martin is the Metadata Technologies Librarian at Loyola University Chicago, where she coordinates metadata interoperability across library platforms. She has written and presented on using OpenRefine for metadata cleanup and authority reconciliation, and has managed metadata migration projects. Greer previously held metadata librarian positions at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia where she created and enhanced metadata for aggregation by Digital Public Library of America. She received an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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