The internet contains a huge amount of useful data but most is not easily accessible. Web scraping involves extracting this data from websites into a structured format.
Here are some typical use cases for web scraping:
- Extract business contact details from Yellow Pages into a CSV spreadsheet
- Extract reviews from Google Places into a MySQL database
- Extract product prices from Amazon so your company can price match
- Track what people are saying about your product on Twitter and Facebook
If this sounds interesting then feel welcome to contact me to discuss further.