Web inspector for complex scrapes

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Eric Sagara of Big Local News
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 7 at 4:30pm
  • Location: M102
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This workshop focuses on more complex scraping problems from grabbing the data behind an interactive map to navigating an ASP website. Rather than focus on how to accomplish this in a particular programming language, this class will show you how to use the web inspector to get the information you need to build an efficient scraper. Some hints on how to accomplish this using either Python or Ruby will be provided.

Speaker Bios

  • Eric Sagara is a visiting senior data journalist with the Big Local News Project and part of the JSK Fellowships Impact Partnership with Big Local News. He was the senior data reporter for Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting prior to coming to Stanford. He was also a news applications fellow at ProPublica and prior to that was a reporter on The Newark Star-Ledger’s data team. 

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