Python: Let's scrape a website (repeat session)

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Alex Richards of Syracuse University
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 11 at 9:00am
  • Location: Indiana/Iowa
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This hands-on training will illustrate how Python can be used to grab a lot of data from a website at once, whether by pulling content from a page or interacting with forms. You’ll want to be comfortable writing loops in Python, though you won’t necessarily need to be able to write a function from scratch!

This session is good for people who feel comfortable with Python’s data types and control flow (if/else, loops). Experience with HTML is a plus but not necessary.

Note: It would be useful to attend the commons session "How the Internet Works" in advance if you’re not familiar with the topic already.

Speaker Bios

  • Alex is an assistant professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, where he teaches data journalism. He's a former IRE training director, and he has previously worked as a reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune, NerdWallet, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 and shared the Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. @alexrichards

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