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The BioVeL extension augments already existing functionality provided by OpenRefine with a focus on cleaning biodiversity data. The primary goal of the extension is to provide an easy to use interface to improve and enhance data quality, with three main categories including :

  • Data Quality Checks
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Extension

For more details regarding BioVeL, please visit

BioVeL is funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme (FP7), through the grant agreement number 283359.


The latest version of the BioVeL Extension is available as bundle with OpenRefine 2.5 for the following operating systems,

  • Linux (tested on Ubuntu 12.10 64Bit)
  • Microsoft Windows (tested on Windows 7 64bit)
  • Mac OSX (tested on 10.6.8)

as well as an extension bundle, which can be simply extracted within the extentions directory.

Earlier release bundles can be found here.


A developers guide to the extension is available here

Third-Party Dependencies

The third-party dependencies used within the extension include local libraries (jars) as well as remote web services


ECAT Name Parser


EDIT Platform for Cybertaxonomy


Copyright © 2012 - 2013 Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem

The BioVeL Extension is published under the Mozilla Public License Version 1.1 (the "License"); you may not use this software except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" basis, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing rights and limitations under the License.

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