For dirt-cheap web scraping, search Elance for “web scrapping” (!) Good luck!
For reliable and accurate web scraping, go to a professional web scraping company like ScraperWiki or an independent software engineer like me.
I offer pay-monthly managed web scraping starting at $50 per month, depending on size and complexity.
My Web Scraping Experience
I’m a Software Engineer with a background in Electronic Engineering. I write clean and supportable code - see some of my work on GitHub.
I’ve written high-reliability web scrapers for many commercial clients at ScraperWiki as well as for my own projects.
Examples of my web scraping work:
- web scraping company financial reports
- pulling property price data from an API
- web scraping director and shareholder information from eg. Companies House
- web scraping news bulletins from stock exchanges
- processing procurement data to power parts of UK Government
- generating an events calendar from bookings on JustPark
- reliable commodity price web scraping
- accurate utility bill web scraping
- scraping contact details from thousands of websites
Web Scraping as a Service
First and foremost contact ScraperWiki. They have the capacity to take on large, complex projects and their Data Scientists can do additional data visualisation and analysis.
Disclaimer: I worked for ScraperWiki in 2013/2014. They’re great and we’re still friends!
If they’re not suitable for you, email me with your specific requirements and we can arrange a call to discuss further.
I particularly enjoy working with charities, NGOs and Governments and I only do “ethical scraping” so no spammers please!
After web scraping I can provide a data feed in many different forms, for example:
- Daily / weekly / monthly email attachment.
- JSON API endpoint.
- Regular SQL database dump.
- SMS / Fax / Letter (!)
- Most other ways you can think of!
Ethical Web Scraping
I believe in “ethical scraping”, operating within a set of principles:
- A website that welcomes human visitors should welcome robots too.
- A website should not discriminate against well-behaved robots; one that welcomes Google should welcome others too.
- A scraper bot should try to identify itself as such, preferably with a contact URL and/or email address.
- A scraper bot should not disrupt the service being scraped (it should use rate limiting and backoff).
- A scraper should not be built to gain free access to an otherwise paid-for data product.
- A scraper should not attempt to circumvent the security of a website.
- A scraper should not facilitate plagiarism or copyright infringement.
- A scraper should not help spammers or bad guys.
- A scraper should not use anonymising proxies, Tor or dirty tricks to hide its origin.
If that’s all cool with you, then get in touch.
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