Tuesday 6 November 2012

Cleaning Data with Google Refine

@austinogilvie posted this nice Cleaning Data with Google Refine entry where it shows the Google Refine (soon to be called OpenRefine) project in action.

Google Refine in their own words is: "...a power tool for working with messy data, cleaning it up, transforming it from one format into another, extending it with web services, and linking it to databases like Freebase...."

Data transformation (and visualization) is an area that I'm very interested in, and this looks like a nice toolkit.

I wonder how they constrain, validate and sanitize 'potentially malicious' user data