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Data Scraping Formats: Harvesting in the Suitable Way

Data Scraping Formats: Harvesting in the Suitable Way

  We live in a modern world of digital technology and all of the world’s information is easily accessible on the Internet. Whether a text, image, audio, or other data format, every web page uses one or several of these types of content. Why is this important? Because the value, development, and market success of any business highly depends on strategies they make using current data.     Gathering data from multiple sources, analyzing information, and generating reports in real-time is the key to gaining a competitive advantage and achieving better employee collaboration, customer service, lead tracking and conversion, marketing, sales, and more. Unfortunately, the majority of this data is locked. This is where data scraping services come in handy as the best way to acquire a mass amount of data in data extraction formats you prefer. Contrary to other data scraping techniques (manual scraping, apps, open sources), web scraping services allow you to save and use data for your intended purposes. Having said that, how familiar are you with different data scraping formats and their benefits? Everything from data tables, plain texts, documents, audio files, and images can be a useful piece of business intelligence in just about any case where data needs to be fast, affordable and accessible in short timeframes. Here are some of the popular data collection formats and ways you can use them. CSV Format & eCommerce: Recognize Market Opportunities The CSV format (comma-separated values) is by far the simplest format there is. It’s a tabular format that saves data as a plain-text and offers no other particular functions than collecting information for various...
Data Scraping vs Data Crawling: How to Combine These Two

Data Scraping vs Data Crawling: How to Combine These Two

In everyday speech, you can often hear people using phrase data scraping vs data crawling as if they meant the exact same thing. However, even though these two methods are potentially referred to as “the same process”, they are essentially different. Both of these methods are crucial when it comes to retrieving data, but the information needed and the processes involved in both of them differ in many ways. In some situations, a person will choose data scraping for data extraction, while in others they will go for data crawling. In order to avoid confusion when it comes to the subject of data scraping vs data crawling, we will explain the differences in a simple way, so that you won’t need an IT expert to help you out. Once you know the difference between these methods, you will understand how to retrieve the information you need. The Essentials of Data Scraping Data scraping is basically all about finding the right data and extracting it afterward, and it pulls data straight from the page. This way, it doesn’t necessarily need to be pulled from the web alone, as it can actually be taken from any place where data exists. This may refer to basically any form of data from a variety of different sources – storage devices, spreadsheets, etc. The data doesn’t need to be from the internet or a web page, as we are talking about data scraping in a broader sense, and not specifically web scraping. We turn to this process when we want to filter and distinguish between various kinds of raw data from various sources, and turn it...
Huge Fines in Germany Due To “Illegal Content” On Social Media and How it Can Affect Data Scraping

Huge Fines in Germany Due To “Illegal Content” On Social Media and How it Can Affect Data Scraping

On January 1st, Germany passed a law that obligates social networks to remove content that is considered to be illegal and offensive in 24 hours, or they will be forced to pay fines going as high as $60 million. The bill is designed to cut down any hate speech, fake news, or any criminal content on social media. However, there are people opposing this law, saying that it might put freedom of speech in the online community in jeopardy. Although this law was approved in 2017, the German government waited for the beginning of 2018 to enforce it in order to give social media companies time to prepare. All social media companies will receive complaints or notifications whenever certain content is considered offensive, informing them that they have to remove it within a week or pay a fine. If the content is considered to be “clearly” illegal, it must be banned or removed within a day or the punishment will be severe. These new changes can affect a lot of internet services and businesses looking to protect themselves online. Information on social media is a valuable resource for many companies and service providers. This new law could change the way information on social media is gathered and used.   Web scraping and social media scraping services, in particular, will be greatly affected in light of these events.  Social media scraping, and data scraping services overall offer great value to companies as they can track their competition, learn about the latest news in their industry, learn more about their customers and see what people are talking about them online. This...