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UoN - Cleaning & exploring your data with Open Refine

Intersect Australia

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm (AEDT)

UoN - Cleaning & exploring your data with Open Refine

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Cleaning & Exploring your data with Open Refine – Course Outline


Equipment: None required. Course is taught in a computer lab.

Cost:            Free to Researchers and PhD students at Intersect's member Universities


This three hour workshop introduces Open Refine which is a powerful tool for cleaning, normalisation and exploration of datasets.

In this tutorial we'll work through the various features of Refine, including importing data, faceting, clustering, and calling into remote APIs, by working on a fictional but plausible humanities research project.

We’ll start with a research question in mind and use the features of Refine to gain insights and find answers. The research question relates to NSW police stations — finding out what we can about where they are located, their heritage status, and the kinds of archival records State Records NSW holds on them.

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CT Building
Callaghan Campus
The University of Newcastle, NSW 2308

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm (AEDT)

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Intersect Australia

Intersect Australia Ltd is the eResearch services organisation in NSW. Intersect is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, established by its founding members to provide eResearch services and solutions. Intersect’s establishment was funded through a $2.8M grant from the NSW Government (see media release) via the Office for Scientific and Medical Research.

Intersect services the research sector in NSW, including universities and relevant public and private sector agencies, by developing a concentration of eResearch expertise in the State. Intersect works with the existing technical capabilities of its members and partners to identify, develop and deliver world-class ICT enabled platforms to drive the next generation of research and innovation.

Developing such a coordinated approach to eResearch capacity building is critical to maintaining and enhancing NSW’s status as Australia’s leading research state and positioning NSW to compete favourably in the increasingly globalised and on-line world of research.

Intersect works closely with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), Australian Research and Education Network (AREN) and AeRO, Australian eResearch Organisations. Intersect is a member of the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and the Australian Access Federation (AAF).

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