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ER&L 2015

February 22–25, 2015

Austin, Texas

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Post-Conference Workshop 1: Cleaning Up the Metadata Mess with OpenRefine: A Hands-on Approach

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM–5:00 PM CST
Workshop - Salon A
Conference Track

1. Managing e-Resources & Licensing


hands-on, OpenRefine


Katherine Hill, Margaret Heller, and Jacquie Samples, presenters of last year’s panel on OpenRefine, bring the topic out of the theoretical and into the practi­­cal through this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn how to use OpenRefine, a free tool for data scrubbing and transformation, to import, filter, facet, edit, and extend real, messy library data. Participants will also get an introduction to the world of regular expressions and GREL (Google Refine Expression Language), progressing from copying expressions to crafting their own simple commands at the end of the session. Those who take this class will be in good hands as the presenters have used OpenRefine to corral many types of data, from publisher lists for serials management to faculty citations for institutional repositories. They also have been actively involved in the teaching of it to others in the community—Margaret Heller through her writing for ACRL’s TechConnect blog and Katherine Hill and Jacquie Samples through training librarians involved with the Global Open Knowledgebase project. Bring your own laptop and get ready to make your data shine!


Ms. Katherine M. Hill, North Carolina State University Libraries
Margaret Heller, Loyola University Chicago
Jacqueline Samples, Duke University