Welcome to Grateful Data. Grateful Data isn't programming code (per se), but an online tutorial about data acquisition, cleaning and enriching, using publicly accessible data on the band the Grateful Dead as examples.
To get started, you will need a program called OpenRefine. If you don't already have it, I would recommend downloading and installing version 2.8; released in 2017. Version 2.8 is currently the stable version.
OpenRefine's website, with download links and installation instructions, is here.
A Note About Licensing
The instructions of this tutorial are licensed as Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0. More information is available here, but the short version is treat it like a tape-trader: share and share alike, but not for commercial purposes, and always with appropriate credit. If you want to build on what I've done, fantastic, but only under the same license.
A Note About Data Licenses
Because of this, I will provide instructions on how to acquire ASCAP's data, but will not make the data available on this Git.
Info, Questions and Comments
I am Scott Carlson, the Metadata Coordinator of Fondren Library at Rice University. I received my MLIS from Dominican University (River Forest, IL) and an Archives Certificate in Digital Stewardship from Simmons College (Boston, MA). I am also the co-founder of Indie Preserves, a website that provides practical preservation advice to independent music labels and bands. My favorite show is 1977-05-22, The Sportatorium, Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Email me at: email@example.com