Big Data continues to innovate the ways we run our businesses and go on with our lives. However, not everyone with great ideas has access to relevant data to experiment and realize their concept. This is why we came up with the concept of free data feeds. It’s exactly what it sounds like, we provide free data feeds from different industry verticals like Ecommerce, jobs and travel, on a weekly basis. If you’ve never tried our free feeds, read on to know more about it.
What’s free data feeds?
As a web scraping company, we gather data from thousands of websites daily. While we primarily extract the data for our clients, we also feel compelled to contribute bits and bytes of this data to the community. ‘Free data feeds’ were ideated with this in mind. However, it is also used by our prospects to get an experience of how our web scraping service works. To access our free data feeds, all you have to do is sign up at CrawlBoard, which is our requirement gathering tool for custom web scraping projects. The data can be accessed by using our API and we updated the data feeds on a weekly basis, meaning you get fresh data sets every week. The free data feed option also holds good for our vertical specific job feed solution, JobsPikr which provides free job listings from up to 10 websites.
Domains covered by free feeds
We offer free feeds from the following domains by extracting data from certain categories present in some of the most popular sites:
How can you make use of free data feeds?
Free data feeds can be a great option for certain kind of scenarios where you need freshly extracted data from the web. Here are some ways to make use of our free data feeds:
Journalism: Since data journalism is increasingly becoming popular, journalists and content creators can use the data from free data feeds to spin stories or back their claims. They may have to use some data analytics tools to extract insights out of the raw data.
Historical trend mapping: With the data from free data feeds available continuously, you can store it to run timeline analyses or predictive analyses at a later point of time. You can also turn them into beautiful data visualizations.
College projects: Students often lack the budgets to get a custom web scraping service project running. They can hence make use of the free data feeds for their academic projects that involve advanced data analytics.
Natural language processing: Natural language processing is all about equipping machines with the ability to interpret and process the natural languages used by humans, such as English. As this would require large amounts of user-generated content, you could simply use a relevant data feed from free data feeds.
Training a machine learning system: Machine learning typically requires large amounts of training data and this data should be from a relevant domain where the machine learning system is introduced into. The data requirement of machine learning is something that cannot be fully dealt with using just free feeds, but it can be used to augment the process.
Limitations of free data
Free data feeds are by no means a replacement for custom web scraping and it has its limitations. For starters, you don’t have any customization options with free feeds like the target sites, data fields, or frequency. If you have a business requirement, it’s always better to go for a custom web scraping project where you get to define all the different customizable aspects of the project.
Web scraping for businesses
We saw different scenarios where you might be able to get away with free data feeds. However, when you are a business owner who needs data to run your application or you rely on web data for other key business operations, you cannot place your bet on free solutions. This is when you should gain comprehensive data feeds and kick-start a well-defined custom project. Here are the benefits of going with our dedicated web data extraction service:
- Plenty of customization options
- Dedicated customer support
- Monitoring system to spot website changes
- Robust infrastructure that can handle websites of any complexity
- Fully managed service
- Ready-to-use clean and structured data
Now that you know when to use free data feeds and when to switch to a dedicated service, it’s time to evaluate your requirements and choose a solution that can cover your use case in an effective and efficient manner.