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Quick Data Scraping: Collected and Delivered in Your Preferred Format

Quick Data Scraping: Collected and Delivered in Your Preferred Format

Nowadays, data scraping is confidently moving towards the status of a key tool in acquiring data from the World Wide Web. Apps, open source and paid web scrapers make it possible to extract large amounts of data on specific topics in short periods of time. That’s not the top advantage of data scraping, as you can also save all the information you scraped in the format you prefer. Naturally, you would use different formats for different purposes. The type of format depends on the type of content you scrape and wish to save: plain text, data tables, documents, images, audio files. CSV, Excel and Google Sheets are great for storing scraped data, especially if it’s statistics or research material. From less to more complex and advanced, these three formats are commonly used for saving information in a well-organized and easily accessible way. CSV (Comma-separated values) For the easiest format, you can choose CSV. Sure, it’s far from new, but its simplicity can be a valuable asset if you’re looking for a format without any extra functions. CSV (Comma-separated values type file) saves your data as a plain text, where each new row indicates a line, and columns are separated by commas. It’s very useful when you just need to collect information in the most basic way. While CSV doesn’t have certain advantages of Excel or Google Sheets, it‘s highly compatible – you can open a CSV file in any spreadsheet. Also, many websites already allow extracting their data to a CSV file. Despite those attractive qualities, though, the bare minimum is not always what you need. Just saving the scraped data...