When a typical requirement for extracting web data crops up, one is faced with either of the two choices – whether to opt for a software tool for web extraction or to go for a web extraction service provider? This choice can be made simple if you start thinking backwards. That is after having first analyzed the situation completely, ask yourself a few simple questions such as :-
– Do I (or someone else in my company) have the time and skills required to deal with a new tool? – What’s the level of expertise and sophistication required to achieve something at my scale? – Is there a way to develop my own in-house platform for dealing with the challenge of web extraction?
Once you answer these questions, start moving towards the end-result, which is extracted data from the web. What is the success rate that some of the most popular web extraction services boast of? There’s a way to find that out by going for a proof of concept and establishing accuracy rates. In case of web extraction software tools, some unbiased reviews based on users’ first hand experience will certainly be helpful.
While looking for extracting data from the web. Out of these two choices, the choice that would suit you the most depends on whether your requirements are simple or you are looking to extract data from complex sources or dynamic sites and want to run deep crawls for extracting such data. Another important factor that contributes in making this choice is the commitment in terms of time and effort that you will have to put in to achieve the desired outcome.
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