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The Seven Truths About Scraping

These are the Key Truths About Scraping the Interwebs for Data
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Scraping is legal in most cases.
But not all cases. If scrape data that is secured in any way, you may be on shaky ground.

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No one wants you to scrape their data.
They worked really hard to create their data; they generally don’t want it taken and repurposed for any reason and even if that reason is in the spirit they intended.

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Scraping is a brittle science.
Let’s face it; you’re building a data interchange model on sand because no one is obligated or wed to an HTML structure.

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Scraping recipes are almost always one-offs.
You might be able to compartmentalize portions of a scraping recipe, but for the most part, you start from scratch for every automation process.

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Scraping is not sustainable.
Many variables conspire to ensure what works today may not work tomorrow.

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Nothing about scraping is strategic; it is purely a tactical measure to gather data.

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You generally won’t know when a scrape fails.
There are generally no monitoring or reporting features built into scraping. As such, you will not know when it fails.

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