You need to install OpenRefine and download a data file to follow this lesson.
Installing and running OpenRefine
You can download OpenRefine from http://openrefine.org/download.html. This lesson has been tested with all versions of OpenRefine up to the latest tested version, 3.4.
If you are using an older version, it is recommended you upgrade to the latest tested version.
There are versions for Windows, macOS and Linux.
Please follow the installation instructions on the OpenRefine wiki: Installation Instructions
- When you download OpenRefine for Windows or Linux from the address above, you are downloading a zip file. To install OpenRefine you unzip the downloaded file wherever you want to install the program. This can be to a personal directory or to an applications or software directory - OpenRefine should run wherever you put the unzipped folder. The location has to be a “local” drive as problems have been reported trying to run OpenRefine from a Network drive.
- OpenRefine is a Java application, and you need to have a ‘Java Runtime Environment’ (JRE) installed on your computer to run OpenRefine. Version 3.4 of OpenRefine for Windows has a version with embedded Java which you can use without doing a separate installation if the Java Runtime Environment. If you are on Linux, or use Windows and do not want to use OpenRefine with embedded Java, and you don’t already have the Java Runtime Environment installed, then you can download and install from http://java.com by going to the site and clicking “Free Java Download”.
- OpenRefine does not support Internet Explorer or Edge. Please use Firefox, Chrome or Safari instead.
Downloading the data
You can download doaj-article-sample.csv, which is a csv file that will open in a new browser tab. Be sure to right click or control click in order to save the file (NOTE: In Safari, right click and select download linked file; in Chrome and Firefox, right click and select save link as…). Make a note of the location (i.e. the folder, your desktop) to which you save the file.
If you encounter problems installing or running OpenRefine, a good source of support is the OpenRefine mailing list and forum.
There are also general and specialist tutorials about using OpenRefine available on the web, including:
- Getting started with OpenRefine by Thomas Padilla
- Cleaning Data with OpenRefine by Seth van Hooland, Ruben Verborgh and Max De Wilde
- Blog posts on using OpenRefine from Owen Stephens
- Identifying potential headings for Authority work using III Sierra, MS Excel and OpenRefine
- Free your metadata website
- Data Munging Tools in Preparation for RDF: Catmandu and LODRefine by Christina Harlow
- Cleaning Data with OpenRefine by John Little
- OpenRefine Blog