The Rise of Web Data in Hedge Fund Decision Making & The Importance of Data Quality

Over the past few years, there has been an explosion in the use of alternative data sources in investment decision making in hedge funds, investment banks and private equity firms.

These new data sources, collectively known as “alternative data”, have the potential to give firms a crucial informational edge in the market, enabling them to generate alpha.

The Predictive Power of Web Scraped Product Data For Institutional Investors: A GoPro Case Study

Investors understand the importance of high-quality information. It minimizes risk, empowers decision-making, and enables investors of all sizes to obtain alpha - like the old adage, knowing is often half the battle.

Knowing this, alternative data providers wield vast, untraditional datasets derived from hundreds of millions of sources, not only enabling asset managers to consistently obtain...

The Challenges E-Commerce Retailers Face Managing Their Web Scraping Proxies

These days web scraping amongst the big e-commerce companies is ubiquitous due to the advantages data-based decision making can bring to remaining competitive in such a tight margin business.

E-commerce companies are increasingly using web data fuel their competitor research, dynamic pricing and new product research.

For these e-commerce sites, their most important consideration is: the ...

Looking Back at 2018

What a year 2018 has been for Scrapinghub!!

It’s hard to know where to start…

This year has seen tremendous growth at Scrapinghub, setting us up to have a great 2019.

Here are some of the highlights of 2018…

Do What is Right Not What is Easy!

I was recently invited to speak at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels about web scraping and GDPR. The panel also included Claire François of Hunton Andrews Kurth and Peter Brown from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). For more information you can check out my blog about this topic GDPR Compliance for Web Scrapers: The Step-by-Step Guide.

Shubber GetTogether 2018

It’s hard to believe our annual Shubber GetTogether is already over.

Data Quality Assurance for Enterprise Web Scraping

When it comes to web scraping, one key element is often overlooked until it becomes a big problem.

That is data quality.

Getting consistent high quality data when scraping the web is critical to the success of any web scraping project, particularly when scraping the web at scale or extracting mission critical data where accuracy is paramount.

Data quality can be the difference between a...

What I Learned as a Google Summer of Code student at Scrapinghub

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) was such a great experience for students like me. I learned so much about open source communities as well as contributing to their complex projects. I also learned a great deal from my mentors, Konstantin and Cathal, about programming and software engineering practices. In my opinion, the most valuable lesson I got from GSoC was what it was like to be a Software...

GDPR Compliance For Web Scrapers: The Step-By-Step Guide

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months you know that the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is upon us.

It is the most comprehensive data protection law ever been introduced, fundamentally changing the way companies can use the personal data of their customers and prospects.

There are countless articles and guides about how GDPR will affect your company’s...

For E-Commerce Data Scientists: Lessons Learned Scraping 100 Billion Products Pages

Web scraping can look deceptively easy these days. There are numerous open-source libraries/frameworks, visual scraping tools and data extraction tools that make it very easy to scrape data from a website. However, when you want to scrape websites at scale things start to get very tricky, very fast.