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[Session] OpenRefine for Wikimedia developers: ask us anything!
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Date: Friday, August 12th, 19:00 UTC

Hosts: Antoine2711 and Pintoch

Categories/Keywords: OpenRefine, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, Wikibase, batch editing, SPARQL

Session type: Demo, Q&A, intro for developers

Session Details

OpenRefine is a free data wrangling tool that is increasingly popular in the Wikimedia movement, mainly for batch editing Wikidata and (since recently) editing and uploading files to Wikimedia Commons. It is also used for batch editing data in Wikibases. Outside the Wikimedia movement, OpenRefine is used by quite diverse communities interested in data manipulation and cleaning: librarians, researchers, data scientists, data journalists…

The OpenRefine team is actively looking for more Wikimedia developers who want to contribute to OpenRefine. In this session, we will demo the software and answer all your questions. We will also talk about our recent experience onboarding a new developer who works on a SPARQL extension for OpenRefine.

Target audience: Wikimedia (volunteer) developers who want to learn more about OpenRefine

What will participants get out of this session: A better understanding of OpenRefine, what kind of tasks it does on Wikimedia projects and Wikibases, and how you can start contributing to the project as a developer.

Additional info and resources:

OpenRefine is an open source project, licensed under the BSD license. Main programming languages used are Java and JavaScript.

OpenRefine can be downloaded as an application and works on desktop and laptop computers with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. It runs a small server on your computer and you then use a web browser to interact with it. It works best with browsers based on Webkit, such as Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera and Microsoft Edge, and is also supported on Firefox.

OpenRefine has a graphical user interface which is available in more than 15 languages.

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August 12th. So this session already happened?

@Antoine2711: Thanks for participating in the Hackathon! We hope you had a great time.

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Thank you,
your Hackathon venue housekeeping service

The session took place; thanks to all who participated and please get in touch with us if you have follow up questions and/or are interesting in contributing to OpenRefine.

I have totally lost track of the Etherpad. If someone still has the link, it would be great if you can add it!

I presume you are looking for the following link :

No, that is a different session! 😅

I have totally lost track of the Etherpad. If someone still has the link, it would be great if you can add it!

@Antoine2711: Thanks for participating in the Hackathon! We hope you had a great time.

Thank you,
your Hackathon venue housekeeping service

I had a great time and thanks for the opportunity to toalk and promote OpenRefine and its developer community.

Best Regards, Antoine