Feedback Request on OpenRefine's Draft Vision, Mission, Values

Over the past few months, our team at Bocoup has partnered with the OpenRefine community to facilitate the development of its Vision, Mission, and Values.

This project aims to:

  • Conduct research on the OpenRefine community and its needs
  • Engage in community input-gathering to inform OpenRefine’s Mission, Vision, and Values
  • Deliver a set of community-vetted Mission, Vision, and Values statements
  • Provide high-level recommendations for next steps in implementation

To date, we have connected with many members of this vibrant community and deeply appreciate your willingness to participate in this initiative. We’ve collaborated with Martin Magdinier to review historical materials and develop an engagement plan. As part of that plan, we interviewed 17 community members who were selected to represent a range of perspectives on the OpenRefine tool and community. We then joined a session at BarCamp to discuss our initial drafts, and incorporated the participants’ feedback.

The input received so far has been instrumental in shaping these materials, and we are excited to continue enhancing them together.

As the next step in this process, we are seeking feedback on the latest draft materials. You can engage in this round of feedback in two ways:

  1. Provide feedback on this Discourse post
  2. Sign up to participate in one of two facilitated focus group discussions

If you have previously connected with us but still have questions or thoughts, you are also welcome to join these discussions.

We ask that all feedback on Discourse be shared by July 19th so that we can consider it in our next round of updates.

In order to accommodate varying time zones, the focus groups are scheduled for Tuesday July 16th at 8pm GMT and Wednesday July 17th at 2pm GMT. If you are interested in participating, please email by Wednesday July 10th with your preferred session, and we will follow up with further details.

Thank you all for your time, and we look forward to receiving your feedback!

Materials for review: OpenRefine: Draft Vision, Mission, Values


I really like a lot of this. One thing that I am thinking about that I don't totally see articulated here is the work that we have done with students. There is an ethos of training and mentorship which I would love to see captured. Additionally, I think that this community has respect of different backgrounds but also celebrates difference in contributors. There is excitement when we hear about how someone in a different domain, institution, or country is using OpenRefine. I'd like to see that a little more clearly here, if others agree.

Hi all!
Reminder - there is one more week to share feedback on these materials.

Thank you to everyone who has engaged in this process!