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Using OpenRefine

Ruben Verborgh, Max De Wilde

With this book on OpenRefine, managing and cleaning your large datasets suddenly got a lot easier! With a cookbook approach and free datasheets included, you’ll quickly and painlessly improve your data managing capabilities.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781783289080
Paperback114 pages

About This Book

  • Create links between your dataset and others in an instant
  • Effectively transform data with regular expressions and the General Refine Expression Language
  • Spot issues in your dataset and take effective action with just a few clicks

Who This Book Is For

This book is targeted at anyone who works on or handles a large amount of data. No prior knowledge of OpenRefine is required, as we start from the very beginning and gradually reveal more advanced features. You don't even need your own dataset, as we provide example data to try out the book's recipes.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Diving Into OpenRefine
Introducing OpenRefine
Recipe 1 – installing OpenRefine
Recipe 2 – creating a new project
Recipe 3 – exploring your data
Recipe 4 – manipulating columns
Recipe 5 – using the project history
Recipe 6 – exporting a project
Recipe 7 – going for more memory
Chapter 2: Analyzing and Fixing Data
Recipe 1 – sorting data
Recipe 2 – faceting data
Recipe 3 – detecting duplicates
Recipe 4 – applying a text filter
Recipe 5 – using simple cell transformations
Recipe 6 – removing matching rows
Chapter 3: Advanced Data Operations
Recipe 1 – handling multi-valued cells
Recipe 2 – alternating between rows and records mode
Recipe 3 – clustering similar cells
Recipe 4 – transforming cell values
Recipe 5 – adding derived columns
Recipe 6 – splitting data across columns
Recipe 7 – transposing rows and columns
Chapter 4: Linking Datasets
Recipe 1 – reconciling values with Freebase
Recipe 2 – installing extensions
Recipe 3 – adding a reconciliation service
Recipe 4 – reconciling with Linked Data
Recipe 5 – extracting named entities

What You Will Learn

  • Import data in various formats
  • Explore datasets in a matter of seconds
  • Apply basic and advanced cell transformations
  • Deal with cells that contain multiple values
  • Create instantaneous links between datasets
  • Filter and partition your data easily with regular expressions
  • Use named-entity extraction on full-text fields to automatically identify topics
  • Perform advanced data operations with the General Refine Expression Language

In Detail

Data is supposed to be the new gold, but how can you unlock the value in your data? Managing large datasets used to be a task for specialists, but you don't have to worry about inconsistencies or errors anymore. OpenRefine lets you clean, link, and publish your dataset in a breeze.

Using OpenRefine takes you on a practical tour of all the handy features of this well-known data transformation tool. It is a hands-on recipe book that teaches you data techniques by example. Starting from the basics, it gradually transforms you into an OpenRefine expert.

This book will teach you all the necessary skills to handle any large dataset and to turn it into high-quality data for the Web. After you learn how to analyze data and spot issues, we'll see how we can solve them to obtain a clean dataset. Messy and inconsistent data is recovered through advanced techniques such as automated clustering. We'll then show extract links from keyword and full-text fields using reconciliation and named-entity extraction.

Using OpenRefine is more than a manual: it's a guide stuffed with tips and tricks to get the best out of your data.


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