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5 items tagged “dabbledb”


Preview: Freebase Gridworks (via) If my experience with government datasets has taught me anything, it’s that most datasets are collected by human beings (probably using Excel) and human beings are inconsistent. The first step in any data related project inevitably involves cleaning up the data. The Freebase team must run up against this all the time, and it looks like they’re tackling the problem head-on. Freebase Gridworks is just a screencast preview at the moment but an open source release is promised “within a month”—and the tool looks absolutely fantastic. DabbleDB-style data refactoring of spreadsheet data, running on your desktop but with the UI served in a browser. Full undo, a JavaScript-based expression language, powerful faceting and the ability to “reconcile” data against Freebase types (matching up country names, for example). I can’t wait to get my hands on this. # 27th March 2010, 6:43 pm


Magic/Replace. More inspirational magic from the team at Dabble DB. Be sure to watch the (short) demo video. # 1st December 2008, 12:23 am

Giving Dabble DB a time machine. More innovation from Dabble DB—the service now offers a UI to their backup snapshots, letting you roll your own instance back to a specific point in time to recover accidentally deleted data. # 7th October 2008, 12:55 pm


White- (or green, or blue, or yellow) label Dabble. DabbleDB can pick a colour scheme based on a logo that you upload. Pure class. # 4th April 2007, 11:43 pm

Guide to the Dabble DB Plugin API (via) This is really nice—Dabble POSTs your plugin script a bunch of CSV values, your script returns CSV for the derived fields. Doesn’t seem to state which flavour of CSV though. # 9th January 2007, 11:37 am