Google is at it again, unveiling a brand new product which is free as well as open-source, known as Google Refine. Google promises that the product would help you clean up your data, extend it, and export it out for other tools to be utilized. Google Refine, a new project initiated by the company is a product born of Freebase Gridworks. The company introduces the data-cleaning tool after it bought Metaweb, a few months back. So from now on, the Gridworks would be relaunched and introduced as Google Refine. Users who are constantly sifting through various rows and columns would benefit the most as they get to clean up and use big sets of data.
Google Refine Features:
2. Filtering/ Faceting
5. History (undo/redo)
Reconciliation, a new support feature which Google adds to Refine is developed to link text names in your data to database identifiers, mostly known as database keys/IDs.
Importing and sorting out data which is basically free, users find it in a mess containing various inconsistencies while trying to sort the data. No one has maintained or sorted out the data in a mannered form for others to benefit but with the introduction of this smart product, Refine helps users correct inconsistencies, changing data formats, extending data sets with data on various web sources and databases.
Download Google Refine Version 2.0 [here]
via [Google Blog]