|21 Nov 2017||14:00 - 16:00||B4, Criminology|
Led by: Dr Gabe Racchia
Digital research projects commonly require the researcher to collect of a large number of documents from the Internet. Frequently, although the researcher can find the documents online, they are in a format that is impossible to use, and/or there are so many documents that obtaining a large number would be incredibly tedious to do by hand. Webscraping — the practice of using computational tools to extract data from websites — offers a solution to this challenge. We will cover a variety of webscraping techniques, as well as tips and tricks to make manual collection of digital data more efficient when it is necessary.