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Web scraping with Google Chrome

24 Jun 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Data skills

Researchers often have to collect data and build datasets themselves. Web scraping allows researchers to access and collect structured web data on publicly available web pages in an automated way rather than time-consuming manual copying and pasting. This session demonstrates how to use the 'Web Scraper' Chrome browser extension to perform basic web scraping on the Manchester City Council website to simultaneously retrieve news articles from multiple pages, images and other attributes. Attendees are invited to practice the steps themselves as the workshop proceeds and ask questions throughout.

This free workshop is open to all participants with access to a Chrome browser with the 'Web Scraper' browser extension installed. Participants do not need prior experience with 'Web Scraper', with any other web-scraping methods, or with writing code.

Recordings of UK Data Service events are made available on our YouTube channel and, together with the slides, on our past events pages soon after the event has taken place.