Using OpenRefine with arbitrary Wikibase instances
10-31, 14:15–14:30 (UTC), Room 1

This short talk will outline the main steps needed to set up and start using a custom reconciliation service between OpenRefine and any arbitrary Wikibase instance. This method has been in use by individual institutions like Rhizome since September 2020, but since the release of OpenRefine beta 3.5 version is becoming more accessible to new users. We will also show a new box service for automated deployment developed at the Open Science Lab at TIB Hannover, in collaboration with the OpenRefine team.

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What will the participants take away from this session?

Participants will learn the three steps needed to get going with a custom OR <-> WB reconciliation service and upload setup. They will also see how to use the service and upload data to a Wikibase instance via the live demo, which will highlight practical tips and tricks.





Lozana Rossenova is a research associate in the Open Science Lab at TIB (German National Library of Science and Technology, Hannover), where she is working on the NFDI4Culture project for a national research infrastructure of cultural data. She completed her PhD at London South Bank University in partnership with Rhizome, New York. Her research focused on data presentation and performativity in the online archive of born-digital art.

Rossenova is an active member of the Wikidata and Wikibase open source development communities, and a co-founder of the Wikibase Stakeholder Group. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of OpenRefine.

In 2020–21, Rossenova served as assistant director for linked data research at the Joan Jonas Knowledge Base.

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As a member of the "Technische Informationsbibliothek" and its Open Science Lab, Lucia's interests lie in research data and open access. Her background is in library and information science.

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