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CMG training event: MarcEdit and OpenRefine.

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Dublin Business School

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The Cataloguing and Metadata Group of the Library Association of Ireland are organising a one day training event on November 3rd.

Owen Stephens will be delivering a workshop on MarcEdit and OpenRefine. It should be of interest to cataloguers, repository managers and systems librarians.

These popular tools are used to create and modify metadata and can be used by staff working with a range of library systems and repository solutions.

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Capacity: 30 tickets

Ticket pricing is as follows:

LAI member: €90 - with 5% off if paying by credit card*

Non LAI member: €100 - with 5% off if paying by credit card*

Student: €35

* to obtain the 5% discount use the code 'creditcard' when ordering.

Why you should attend this training workshop:

By taking this training you will learn how to effectively work with batch loads of marc records, improve your productivity and increase your practical problem solving abilities.

MarcEdit is a free piece of software which provides a suite of tools for working with marc records.

OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a powerful tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; and extending it with web services and external data.

Owen has a useful series of five posts on his blog which go through a 'worked example of fixing problem MARC data' which you can check out here.

About Owen Stephens

Owen Stephens has been working in Library and IT services within the Higher Education sector for over 15 years. As well as a strong technical background, Owen has been on the management team of the library services of two leading UK Universities (Royal Holloway, University of London and Imperial College London), and he has been responsible for a number of innovative projects at both institutional and national levels. Owen has been working with linked data since 2008 including creating and publishing linked data at the Open University, delivering training on linked data at the British Library and building small software tools to work with and exploit linked data. He blogs at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_ideas/.

Why your employer should pay for you to attend this event:

MarcEdit and OpenRefine are two tools which increase your productivity when working with metadata.

They allow you to make changes to a number of records at once and can be used to source, fix and enrich metadata.

They work on a range of operating systems and compliment any Library Management System or repository solution.

Knowing how to use them will improve your work and increase the value that you contribute at work.

What you will need to do to take part in the workshop:

- register when spaces open (mid-September)

- bring along a laptop running Windows, Mac OS or Linux that you can install software to. Unfortunatley Chromebooks and tablets probably won't be suitable.

- install MarcEdit and OpenRefine. Installation instructions are available here and here. Before the workshop we will help assist anyone who has difficulty installing the software.

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