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OpenRefine Workshop

By August 21, 202210,836 Comments

You are cordially invited to the Southern African Online User Group’s (SAOUG) OpenRefine Workshop

Date: Friday, 9 September 2022
Time: 08:45 – 15:30
Venue: 137 Murray St, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181 South Africa
Cost: R200 for paid-up members; R350 for non-members


08:00-08:45        Registration and Welcoming
08:45-11:00          Introduction to OpenRefine
11:00-11:30           Morning break
11:30-13:00          Open Refine Continued
13:00-14:00         Lunch Break
14:00-15:00         Exporting and looking up data
15:00-15:30         Wrap-up

About the workshop: OpenRefine is a desktop application that uses your web browser as a graphical interface. It is described as “a power tool for working with messy data” (David Huynh). OpenRefine is most useful where you have data in a simple tabular format such as a spreadsheet, a comma separated values file (csv) or a tab delimited file (tsv) but with internal inconsistencies either in data formats, or where data appears, or in terminology used. OpenRefine can be used to standardize and clean data across your file. It can help you:
• Get an overview of a data set
• Resolve inconsistencies in a data set, for example standardizing date formatting
• Help you split data up into more granular parts, for example splitting up cells with multiple authors into separate cells and more…

Who: The course is for people working in library- and information-related roles and anyone cleaning data using spreadsheets. You don’t need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. For more information please visit the OpenRefine Workshop link below.

TO RSVP: Please complete the REGISTRATION FORM by Friday, 26 August 2022. Please note that space is limited.
Alternatively contact Rentia at:

Cancellation fee: Please take note: In case of “no-show” or cancellation of less than 7 days before the meeting, you will have to pay the full non-member price.

For more information contact:
Rentia Viljoen
Jacqueline Wilson
SAOUG Website: OpenRefine Workshop Website: