Difference between revisions of "Open Refine Data Cleaning"
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Data cleaning is an important part of the scientific data management and curation process and involves activities such as identification and correction of spelling errors (for example on scientific names), mapping data to agreed controlled vocabularies (e.g. ISO country names), setting correct references to external files (e.g. digital images), as well as re-arranging data so that they comply with standards required for specific data processing steps (e.g. imports into the JACQ collection management system at the BGBM).
The BGBM scientific data workflows are based on the assumption that scientists are cleaning their data themselves to meet the BGBM data formats and standards. To support this important step of the scientific process, we provide an open installation of OpenRefine (formerly known as Google Refine) on a BGBM server at http://services.bgbm.org/ws/OpenRefine/.
!! Please note that the BGBM OpenRefine server is only intended for the use as a tool for working on your data. It does not offer functions for storing data permanently and safely. We will however not delete any data without notice !!
Like Microsoft Excel, OpenRefine operates primarily on tabular data with rows representing a measurement, occurrence record, or specimen for example and columns representing specific attributes (e.g. collectors, locality, longitude, latitude). Unlike Microsoft Excel, OpenRefine focusses specifically on functions and operations which are particularly useful for cleaning and arranging scientific data. This includes for example, the automated detection and merging of (potential) duplicate data items such as collector names, which have been captured using slightly different spellings but are referring to the same persons or person teams. The BGBM BDI team is constantly adding functions to the OpenRefine server installation, which are particularly useful in the context of botanic collection data processing. Please contact us for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org).