Data Scraping

What Does Data Scraping Mean?

Data scraping is commonly defined as a system where a technology extracts data from a particular codebase or program. Data scraping provides results for a variety of uses and automates aspects of data aggregation.

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Techopedia Explains Data Scraping

There are many ways that businesses use data scraping to their advantage. In almost any case where there is a large body of information, data scraping can function as a way of collecting this data and getting it into useful formats. For instance, in a variant of data scraping called web scraping, a company may take an enormous volume of information from a document or file and format it into an Excel spreadsheet for later use. For example, if there are thousands of real estate listings on the website, a real estate company could scrape that data from the web and get it into a useful format for outreach or classification purposes.

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