Web scraping with Python (Sunday) *pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Geoff Hing of APM Reports; Andrea Suozzo of Seven Days
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 10 at 9:00am
  • Location: Coral Cove - conference level
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Skill level: Beginner/intermediate

If you need data that's trapped on a website, writing some code to scrape the page could be your solution. This entry-level class will show you how to use the Python programming language to harvest information from websites into a data file. We'll introduce you to the command line and show you how to write enough code to fetch, parse and analyze web content.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

Workshop prerequisites: This class is programming for beginners. Some basic familiarity with HTML and Python is helpful but not required.

Speaker Bios

  • Geoff Hing (@geoffhing) is a Chicago-based journalist and technologist whose reporting interests include police accountability and immigration enforcement. He is also interested in making data literacy and statistical thinking broadly-held skills. In the past, he has worked with NPR, City Bureau, the Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Tribune and OpenElections.

  • Andrea Suozzo is the digital editor at Seven Days in Vermont. She spends her time digging through interesting datasets, figuring out how to visualize them and bemoaning the overuse of PDFs in government data. She has a master's degree in food systems, which is more relevant to her job than you'd expect.

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