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
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 on GitHub: https://github.com/OpenRefine/OpenRefine
- Contributing to OpenRefine: https://github.com/OpenRefine/OpenRefine/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md
- Documentation about OpenRefine's architecture (see menu on the left for more technical documentation) https://docs.openrefine.org/technical-reference/architecture
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.