Data Crawling & Scraping at FcosAI
Crawling usually refers to dealing with large data-sets where you develop your own crawlers (or bots) which crawl to the deepest of the web pages. Data scraping, on the other hand, refers to retrieving information from any source (not necessarily the web).
Web scraping, web harvesting, or web data extraction is data scraping used for extracting data from websites. Web scraping software may access the World Wide Web directly using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or through a web browser. While web scraping can be done manually by a software user, the term typically refers to automated processes implemented using a bot or web crawler. It is a form of copying, in which specific data is gathered and copied from the web, typically into a central local database or spreadsheet, for later retrieval or analysis.
Web scraping a web page involves fetching it and extracting from it. Fetching is the downloading of a page (which a browser does when you view the page). Therefore, web crawling is the main component of web scraping, to fetch pages for later processing. Once fetched, then extraction can take place. The content of a page may be parsed, searched, reformatted, its data copied into a spreadsheet, and so on. Web scrapers typically take something out of a page, to make use of it for another purpose somewhere else. An example would be to find and copy names and phone numbers, or companies and their URLs, to a list (contact scraping).
Web scraping is used for contact scraping, and as a component of applications used for web indexing, web mining and data mining, online price change monitoring and price comparison, product review scraping (to watch the competition), gathering real estate listings, weather data monitoring, website change detection, research, tracking online presence and reputation, web mashup and, web data integration.
Web pages are built using text-based mark-up languages (HTML and XHTML), and frequently contain a wealth of useful data in text form. However, most web pages are designed for human end-users and not for ease of automated use. Because of this, tool kits that scrape web content were created. A web scraper is an Application Programming Interface (API) to extract data from a web site.
There are methods that some websites use to prevent web scraping, such as detecting and disallowing bots from crawling (viewing) their pages. In response, there are web scraping systems that rely on using techniques in DOM parsing, computer vision and natural language processing to simulate human browsing to enable gathering web page content for offline parsing.
FcosAI scrapped thousands of articles from several newspaper websites like Times of India, NDTV News, India Today, Business Standard, etc. The same has been done for popular e-commerce websites like Flipkart.
FcosAI's dedicated in-house system can crawl millions of data points across publicly available sites. We have a crawler for both images and text. We provide services, starting from data crawling to data labeling for our client's AI/ML model as per their requirements and the results are provided in their desired format (JSON, CSV, etc).
The tools used are highly efficient to deliver the services at a minimal cost.