Harvesting data from the web primarily refers to digging the data from the web and then storing it on either a cloud storage or one of the traditional storage mediums. The main idea is to find meaningful fields in diverse webpages on the web from where to extract data. Once this data is extracted, storing it on the cloud is the most convenient and cost-effective method to ensure longevity.
While harvesting data from the web, it’s important to determine what technologies are to be used for such harvesting, how the various challenges with regard to structure of web pages and dynamic nature of new content can be harvested. Harvesting data from the web is not a new practice – the pioneer of this approach were search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, Ask, AltaVista. Though much has changed since then, as everyone now has access to suit the harvesting process to their own needs when they are utilizing the services of a web harvesting service such as PromptCloud.
We ensure 100% data quality and end-to-end monitoring, so that you just need to participate while providing requirements or while taking data delivery. If you have a need to harvest data from the web, PromptCloud has you covered.
How our web data harvesting solution works
We work on a custom DaaS model where we take care of the technicalities of the process and deliver just the data, the way you need it.
The flow starts with the requirement gathering stage where you send us the sites you need data from, data fields to be extracted and the preferred frequency of crawls.
We establish the feasibility of the crawl after once we receive the requirements to make sure the site is crawlable. You will be prompted to make the payment after establishing the feasibility, post which we will set up the crawlers and start delivering the data. Data will be delivered to you need on a continuous basis, in the format and delivery method as chosen by you.
The supported data formats are CSV, XML and JSON and we deliver the data via Dropbox, FTP, Amazon S3, REST API and more. As the data goes through multiple processing stages where it’s cleansed and structured, you will be getting data which is free of noise, duplicate entries and well structured.
Popular applications of web crawling service
The popular applications of web crawling are in Ecommerce, travel, recruitment, content aggregation, brand monitoring, business intelligence, manufacturing and market research. With the sophisticated automation capabilities, web data harvesting is the best solution for acquiring data for any of these domains.
1. Pricing intelligence
3. Market research
5. Fueling Job boards
7. Brand monitoring
Why choose PromptCloud’s web data harvesting service?
Having over a decade of expertise in the field of web data harvesting, PromptCloud can take complete ownership of the data harvesting process and free up your time for other core business activities. Here are the benefits you can realize by opting for our fully managed web data harvesting solution:
- We take complete ownership of the data harvesting process
- Prompt customer support
- Extensive customization options
- Multi-layer monitoring system to detect website changes
- Robust infrastructure that can handle websites of any complexity
- Ready-to-use clean and structured data