This workshop will introduce you to web scraping as one way of collecting data from web sites. We'll discuss when web scraping might be a good approach, and when it wouldn't be. We'll try some web scraping using the Chrome browser extension, Scraper. Finally, we will look at a tool called Tabula for scraping tabular data from PDFs. This workshop does not involve any coding.
Please bring a laptop and install the Scraper Chrome plug-in before the workshop. Scraper can be installed by following the link below and pressing "Add To Chrome". We will be available 15 minutes prior to the workshop if you need assistance installing Scraper.
Scraper Chrome plug-in: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/scraper/mbigbapnjcgaffohmbkdle...
This workshop is part of the Understanding & Acquiring Research Data series for those looking to improve their data literacy or who are interested in new methods of electronic data collection. Other workshops in this Spring 2019 series are Acquiring Social Media Data, News You Can Use: How to Mindfully Consume and Disseminate Information. If you're working on a project and need personalized assistance with organizing your data and preparing your data for long-term storage and sharing, consider booking a consultation with a data services librarian. More information is available on AcademicCommons.gwu.edu.
All sessions will be first-come, first served and are free to GW students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Attendance requires no reservation.
Open to all GWorld cardholders
GW Libraries & Academic Innovation