Digital Collections Workshop: Metadata Enrichment

You’ve assessed the readiness of your metadata and have developed ideas of what your institution is going to prioritize for cleanup. How will you use OpenRefine to enrich creator/contributor and format metadata? The workshop, its preparatory assignment, and its follow-up assignment, will equip you to make these decisions.



Please read the OpenRefine for Metadata Enrichment documentation.

Then, please complete the following preparations:

  • Choose one of the reconciliation methods described in the documentation:
    • LoC Reconciliation Service (creators and contributors)
    • Conciliator (creators and contributors)
    • RDF extension for Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus (genre)
    • RDF extension for Library of Congress Subject Headings (subjects) 
  • Add the chosen reconciliation service to OpenRefine
  • Download this sample set
  • Use the chosen reconciliation service to reconcile metadata values in the sample set. Need a refresher on OpenRefine functionality? Please refer to OpenRefine for Metadata Cleanup.
  • The workshop is discussion-based is so much more worthwhile if everyone is prepared.
  • Review the instructions and ground rules, and ensure that you are joining fromyour own computer and have both a microphone and headphones. The workshop is not a broadcast; it is a discussion.


  • Choose an OAI-PMH set from your own institution
  • In the Alliance Harvester:
    • Enrich creators/contributors with VIAF URIs
    • OR
    • Enrich genres to Getty AAT URIs
  • Send your instructors an email about your experience by June 1.

Supported in part with a grant awarded by the Oregon Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program of the Oregon State Library.