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Scrape a website with Python

We've got something extra special cooked up for you this month: an introduction to scraping, featuring two of the country's foremost scraping experts! (But really though.) Jackie Kazil, a Presidential Innovation Fellow and PyLadies founder, and Thomas Levine, a data artist formerly of ScraperWiki, are going to teach us some introductory Python.

We'll be talking the Sunshine Week talk on Wednesday the 18th, but on Thursday the 27th we'll be walking the walk. At the end of the night we'll have data we scraped from a government website that can be used for the public good. (Website is to be determined, but suggestions are welcome.)

We've only have a couple hours, but we'll be sure to introduce you to lots of awesome places to keep up your scraping and put it to use, like Code for DC and DC Python.

Try to get to the Sunlight Foundation at 6 p.m. and we'll get started at 6:30. Bring your computer and a charger!

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  • Reita S.

    Can you post the deck?

    March 29, 2014

  • Enrique V.

    Jackie, thanks for the meeting yesterday.
    I forked your repository to mine and added a basic structure using the Requests library. it can be found here:

    Also, as Jackie mentioned you need to install that library if you want to use it; which you can do with:
    [sudo] pip install requests

    The two files that you can compare (there are slight differences are):


    enjoy and see you in the next one :P

    March 28, 2014

  • Kendell Renee K.

    I hope someone can enjoy in my place!! Schedule is going crazy as the day has continued :-/

    March 27, 2014

  • Jean G.

    I'm glad to be able to go!

    March 27, 2014

  • eddie

    I'm not able to make Tuesdays or Thursdays, else I'd be there. I want to share the results from a question I asked regarding systematic ways of scraping data sets. Have a look --

    March 22, 2014

  • Enrique V.

    Do you know if and when the wait list people is going to be able to attend?
    Thanks for organizing, this sounds like a nice and fun meet up.

    I just started using Python and Ruby recently and doing some basic web scrapping to automate my work so eager to learn more or improve the knowledge.

    March 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Enrique - we only have room for 40 attendees, but people may cancel. When we're closer to the event, I'll send out a note reminding RSVPers to back out if they can't make it.

      1 · March 18, 2014

  • Mike

    Would you recommend this for someone with zero knowledge of Python?

    2 · March 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Definitely - just be prepared to cover a lot of material in a short time. We're thinking of this event as an introduction, so we'll make sure everyone learns about other great resources here in D.C.

      March 18, 2014

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