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Extract valuable data from blog posts, news sites, social networks, wikipedia, and more! Web scraping is a powerful tool for pulling data that’s locked away in web content.

In this two hour workshop we’ll cover the basic technologies involved in web scraping: HTML and CSS. Learn how HTML gives meaning and structure to data, and how we can get under the hood of popular websites to use that structure as a way to identify key data values. Then, craft powerful CSS selectors as a notation to identify the component parts of a web page that we’ll use to scrape data.

Please bring a laptop computer for your own use during the workshop. No specialized software is required to participate in this workshop.

This workshop is part of the the Data Skills series, and is intended to lay the foundation for the Data Skills: Web Scraping workshop. It is highly recommended to take these workshops together.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Scholars Studio Room 289
McLaughlin Library
Maps, GIS & Data