Celebrating World Internet Day: Web Scraping’s Impact

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This May 17, a new World Internet Day is celebrated and in this year 2024 the chosen motto is: “For an AI committed to Digital Rights.” In this post, we will understand why Web Scraping is revolutionizing solutions and services in companies with online presence and the leading role of Scraping Pros in this digital era.

Nowadays, technology and digitalization have taken a fundamental role in our lives. World Internet Day, celebrated each year on May 17, is a special occasion to reflect on the impact that the Internet has had on our society and the world in general. This year the theme of the celebration is “For an Artificial Intelligence Committed to Digital Rights”.

The anniversary is dedicated to promoting the use of new information and communication technologies throughout the world promoted by the Internet Users Association and the Internet Society. This celebration seeks to raise awareness among the population about the importance of connectivity and access to information in the digital age. Open access to information, on the other hand, has been the primary driver of human civilization from the days when our hominid ancestors developed language to the Gutenberg Revolution and the rise of the World Wide Web.

In addition, it is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and opportunities that the Internet offers us today. And especially AI, since the impact of its uses and applications has become a fundamental part of our daily lives.

Without going any further, AI can also have a positive effect on humanity, particularly by drawing inferences from huge data sets. In the pharmaceutical and medical fields, for example, the combination of AI and big data expands the industry’s ability to solve new-scale problems, accelerating research and generating important advances in the discovery of drugs, monitoring, and diagnosis of new diseases.

In terms of everyday life, AI can contribute to the environment with energy-efficient homes or help us solve everyday problems, with personalized virtual assistants that make our lives easier.

All of this makes us emphasize that the social revolution that the Internet produced today is accompanied by the notable advances of AI and machine learning. However, regulations must increasingly address protecting user rights (such as privacy) and promoting principles of compliance and ethics in the use of these innovations.

Taking into account these notable advances that are part of the information and knowledge society, it is our turn to review how Web Scraping is becoming an important innovation for different types of organizations and how it can maintain, in this same process, a regulated, legal and ethical use, to guarantee the rights and safety of users.

The value of Web Scraping in the data acquisition task

  1. What is Web Scraping: Web Scraping is an automatic method of obtaining large amounts of data from websites and exporting it in a structured format. It can be used for various purposes, some of the main use cases of Web Scraping include price monitoring and intelligence, news monitoring, lead generation, competitive intelligence, and market research, among many others. In general, web data mining is used by people and companies who want to use publicly available web data to make smarter decisions. It should be noted that Web Scraping is useful if the public website you want to get data from does not have an API or only provides limited access to web data. And most of this data is unstructured data in HTML format which is then converted into structured data in a spreadsheet or database so that it can be easily used in various applications.
  2. How it is implemented to maintain legality and ethics in its use: Is Web Scraping an ethical and legal way of working? Of course yes, Web Scraping is currently regulated by ethical and compliance principles. Current jurisprudence, both from the United States (Ninth Circuit of Appeals, 2022), Europe (PSD2 standard), and Australia (Recommendation number 22 of the Senate Committee on Financial Technology and Technology Regulation), favors the use of Web Scraping. At the same time, there are guidelines for working ethically with data, for example: do not overload the destination website, respect the creators of the data that is collected, encourage an open web, do not monopolize the data or be greedy in the use of data. the same and do not block scrapers without good reason
  3. Benefits and opportunities: It is a proven fact that business success today depends not only on technical implementation but also on careful analytical and planning work. Data extraction will allow you to have new insights of value for decision-making. Some of the main benefits and opportunities of implementing it in your business are:
    • Market Research and Analysis: Conduct in-depth market research to understand customer behavior, preferences, and market dynamics.
    • Lead Generation: Identify potential customers and target your marketing efforts effectively.
    • Monitor the competition: Stay informed about your competition and adapt your strategies accordingly.
    • Personalized insights: Tailor your data collection to extract exactly what your business needs.
    • Real-time Monitoring: Monitor online mentions, reviews, and news related to your brand in real time.
    • Improved ROI: Maximize return on investment by optimizing operational and marketing strategies.

Data scraping allows you to get ahead of the competition, compared to traditional market analysis tools. The growth and expansion driven by a data-driven strategy, the profitability that is generated with significant savings in time and resources – automating data collection and analysis with a much higher than average return on investment – and, Finally, improved productivity with the agility of internal processes makes Web Scraping a new standard in any industry or business.

Scraping Pros as a protagonist of the digital era

Scraping Pros is one of the provider companies specializing in identifying, extracting, and delivering high-quality data in your preferred format. Our data delivery process is designed to meet your specific integration requirements, ensuring a seamless and efficient experience.

With a focus on reliability, security, robustness, and traceability, we guarantee a reliable solution for all your web data needs.

Our experience of more than 15 years in the market allows us to very efficiently solve highly complex data extraction tasks, guaranteeing uninterrupted access to your data.

What main benefits will you obtain by having our services?

  • Improved Efficiency: Our Web Scraping service is more cost-effective and automates tedious manual processes, freeing up time and resources for other core business activities.
  • Personalized data delivery: we deliver data according to the unique and very specific needs of each client.
  • Experience: Our team has more than 15 years of experience in Web Scraping and with our world-class technical capabilities and resources, we provide high-quality data extraction services.
  • Scalability: We have the resources and infrastructure to handle large-scale data mining projects.
  • Real-time data: Web Scraping can provide real-time data, new insights, and trends that can be used to make informed decisions quickly.
  • Competitive intelligence: we can collect information about competitors and their products, prices, and promotions, among other types of data.

At Scraping Pros, we can grow your business and gain an advantage over your competitors. This World Internet Day is the ideal date to learn more about Scraping. Consult our specialists for more information.