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  • v. (computing) To extract data from (a source such as a webpage) by picking it out from among the human-readable content.


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  • We're doing lots of collections online projects, some of these have ended up being silos - sometimes to the extent if we want to get data out of them, we have to screen-scrape our own data.

    Happy developers + happy museums = happy punters (my JISC dev8D talk)

  • If an application developer or content editor can't find information from trusted sources that fits the format required for their application, they'll use whatever they can find on other encyclopaedic repositories, hack federated searches, or they'll screen-scrape our data and generate their own set of entities (authority records) and object records.

    Some ideas for location-linked cultural heritage projects

  • In theory, I could screen-scrape submitted games for metadata and auto-generate a list of new attributes for each item in our database, but displaying that in user-friendly way becomes very hard.

    Suttree » Casual Games, Social Software » Tag Metadata

  • A developer wrote a PERL module to screen-scrape and export subscriber movie ratings from the site.

    Rise of the Netflix Hackers

  • Another example of the use of XSLT is to screen-scrape an XHTML page and distribute that content to an RSS or Atom Syndication Format (ASF) feed.

    Database Journal News

  • Your app would then collect inputs, submit requests, and screen-scrape the results to your liking.

    ASP.NET Forums

  • What I want to do is esstentially screen-scrape the generated pages.

    ASP.NET Forums

  • Drupal CLI utils are used (which screen-scrape Drupal's installation forms).

  • Labour blogging stats, and dodgy directories directory of Labour bloggers (current count 201), and given there were a few entries I didn't recognise, I wrote a tool to screen-scrape their list and submit each entry to B4L, stripping out duplicates so I could discover which blogs we didn't know about.


  • As with any such exercise, the vendor may decide to change the HTML of the page and your wonderful screen-scrape job will be defunct. articles


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