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Data Download: Newlinews and Tabs in text fields


First of all, thank you for providing this data. Unfortunately though the data contains some problems that make it unsuitable to upload into common database platforms, like MySQL and MS SQL Server. While I was loading the data, I noticed that some (probably not more than a handful) records contain tabs and newlines inside text fields. These fields are encapsulated by double quotes, so technically this is correct. Yet this is such an uncommon practice that MySQL and MS SQL Server are not even designed to be able to load it.

After digging a bit deeper, I noticed these newlines and tab characters appear in pieces of text that look like local paths (c:\users\....) or URL's. If a \t \n \r appears in this path, the character sequence has been replaced by the control character (tab, newline). This indicates that something went wrong while exporting the data, or worse, while loading the data into your own database.

Some examples would be the patent table and the otherreference table. For the otherreference table I have been able to compile a list of affected records. I will attach the uuid-patent_id pairs below.

I can suggest a couple of fixes, from easy to implement, to harder:

  • Perform a search in all text columns for tab and newline characters, and remove them. Doing this inside your database is much easier than doing it once the data has been exported. You should do a visual check, but they seem to be errors in the data to begin with, so manipulating the data a bit more shouldn't be a problem.
  • If you are convinced the tabs and newlines need to remain in the data, it would be better to choose a field and newline separator during the export that does not appear inside your data. Although it is very common to use \r\n as line-separator and \t as field-separator, this is no fixed requirement, and using another character actually avoids the issue of encapsulation, and the issue of MySQL and MS SQL Server not supporting newlines within encapsulated fields.
  • And then the hardest solution... Since this issue indicates a possibility that at some point the data has been loaded wrongly, it might be interesting to try and find the loading procedure that caused this issue. This might prevent future issues. I have been in contact with another user who has had no issue loading previous versions of the data into MySQL, hence I suspect this is a recent issue.


I'm looking forward to using this data, yet don't have the time required to implement a custom fix to remove the "invalid" newlines and tabs from the current source files.



"Appendix": List of otherreference rows containing tab and newline issues in the text column

069aj5agwj1y51tlk1qark54j    D675840
0iwdsypz792x5rlh092wt8i3j    7978592
0jdla7l5khavwi3tdb7g1ho88    8402319
1cs6kdllx4j7c3hqqmlre3xvz    7499590
1kzjntfxshx4npa5m3xoi5f7b    6647208
1v5a3tv1i9gsjytl5y8zblwhc    7934254
2fr0ycudtrwb8eqczsw81fab9    7698638
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3iqu4tp0jmiyyz49ytev43ski    7921459
3pye22pu2qnhcyvzfeg1xxtrz    7917588
46m40s6o1fsvnmxaxxr00jja1    8929039
4aflaft1ye5bimosdgirco8en    9419824
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4mziublufpmnsjw54qh3v5o2n    7178166
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8jz6bpe4y0tsaabm4vwmftxk3    7770225
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9sja8k8v0qcvjnn56qshlhn9r    7978592
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d92y0cp8fonuflmlem0ha55dj    8748799
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tglfzzxalkdg9h37xrb8it0e1    7340776
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v04il63whdixg2y241cdj8d1b    7809857
vcafd3gl69pcjdeiqs45ibrd7    9027121
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w7wtark3ejbodiislwyoexzsk    7913303
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wfxw41c07ep1fn8g7kmrya28x    6760679
wnt2joalgg9zvp9me1p3f52s1    7003808
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xr7pq1yvl7tpy5xt74qhsfial    D689354
yj2xe9hem9z6sl3atqf5l9oy3    7917588
yt2xzc13kqjf3fge2yo7qxvfd    7237264
yxq28zjj1kedhm8h8rlqko0v7    9419816
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zkm1qw8n8lk9ju4ci5bqwzb96    D677066

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Example row

I'd like to illustrate the above mentioned issue with the example below

069aj5agwj1y51tlk1qark54j    D675840    "Kuchera, Ben, “The Transformer of Office Chairs: a Review of the Trey Chair,” [online], Aug. 15, 2007. Retrieved from the Internet:
eviewsother    he-transformer-of-office-chairs-a-review-of-the-trey-chairs.ars (8 pgs.)."    1

You can see a newline has been inserted just after "" and the line continues with "eviewsother". It is safe to assume the actual text was "" and the /r has been replaced with a newline at some point.

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