How to extract data from the web using import io
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This course is all about web scraping and extracting data from the web without using any code whatsoever. Data is stuck within webpages making it unusable. You can't analyse it and visualise it when it's stuck in a website. By taking this course, I'll show you how to scrape the web to extract this data and use it to make decisions, do analysis and make cool visualisations.
I'm going to show you how to become a data extraction master within an hour without having to have any prior knowledge of coding at all.
This series will tell you all you need to know about doing data extraction
Having taught web scraping and data extraction around the world, I have now decided to upload the ultimate online course. I have been extracting data from the web for years and have never come across an easier tool to use than import. Join in the footsteps of the biggest companies in the world and learn techniques in data extraction and manipulation.
Whether your technical or just starting out, this is the course for you. Within an hour, you will be able to extract, analyse and manipulate data from the web.
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|Section 1: An introduction to data extraction - Crawlers and Connectors|
Alex Gimson gives you a brief introduction into web data extraction - why we do it, how to do it and what tools we'll using to do it
In this lecture, we're looking at extracting data from a single page. The first with import.io Magic (a tool that requires no user interaction) and the second with the Extractor that allows you to create fully customisable APIs
If you are wanting to extract data from hundreds of pages then look no further than this lecture. Using the import.io Crawler, you can extract data from hundreds of thousands of pages in a matter of minutes - find out how in this lecture!
Sometimes pages require interactions (such as searches and clicks) to display the data that you need. To get this data out of the website, you need to use the import.io Connector. Find out how here
|Section 2: The Import.io My Data page and datasets|
The My Data page is the central hub for all of your APIs. In this lecture, we'll be looking at some of the advanced functionality of this page as well as an in depth look into what it is.
Today we're looking at the import.io Data Set page. We look at the functionality of the Data Set page as well as looking at the download and social sharing options for your APIs
|Section 3: Integrating your data and the advanced Crawler settings|
Today we're looking at integrating your data into Google Sheets. This will allow you see live updated data in a Google Sheet that can be refreshed and analysed here.
In this, the second of our integration lectures, we're looking at integrating your data into Plot.ly. Plot.ly is a data visualisation and graphing tool. We can now get the data into Plot.ly with a single click and I'll show you how in this lecture.
In this final lecture, we'll be looking at how to hone your Crawler. import.io allows you to fully customise your Crawler parameters giving you the ability to make a quick and efficient Crawler. Find out how here!
My name is Alex Gimson and I'm an evangelist at import. I started life as a music lecturer before moving into data. I have been in the data scene for many years now starting off at a big data music company before moving over to importio. I know all there is to know about using the tool to get data. I have spoken about importio at a number of events including NICAR, the Internet of Things conference in London as well as various meetup groups around London and San Francisco.