🤖 What is web scraping?
Web scraping is used to extract or “scrape” data from any web page on the Internet.
Copying a list of contacts from a web directory is an example of “web scraping”. But copying and pasting details from a web page into an Excel spreadsheet works for only a small amount of data and it requires a significant amount of time.
To gather larger amounts of data, automation is necessary and web scrapers perform exactly that function.
👽 The speaker
Adi Eyal is the founder of OpenUp, a civic tech non-profit that uses the power of technology and data for social good. He believes that all data (even boring data) have stories to tell.
Adi has employed web scraping on numerous projects that he's been involved in (from https://opengazettes.org.za/ to https://mpr.code4sa.org/).
🚐 Shuttle service
In line with our mandate to promote diversity in web development we offer a shuttle service to Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Guguletu, Langa, Bonteheuwel, Delft, Blue Downs and the surrounding areas. If you are able to get to the venue via taxi or public transport we are happy to organised a lift for you back home when the event ends.
Please send one of the organizers a message if you are interested.
🏡 The Venue
The talk will be hosted at Codebridge Newlands: https://www.facebook.com/codebridge/. Loads of free parking at the entrance of the venue!
Arrive from 6:30, talk will begin at 7.
You are welcome to come and work at Codebridge Newlands if you want to come earlier (either to miss traffic or if you are heading straight from the office). There is free wi-fi and coffee at the venue. :)
📜 The Fineprint
Attendees must follow our Code of Conduct. View our Code of Conduct at http://ctfeds.org/code-of-conduct/.