Collecting Web Data - Fri 01 May 2020
** In accordance with La Trobe University's COVID-19 response, this training may be delivered online via Zoom. **


Web scraping is a technique for extracting information from websites. This can be done manually but it is usually faster, more efficient and less error-prone if it can be automated. Web scraping allows you to convert non-tabular or poorly structured data into a usable, structured format, such as a .csv file or spreadsheet. But scraping is about more than just acquiring data: it can help you track changes to data online, and help you archive data. In short, it’s a skill worth learning.

So join us for this web scraping workshop to learn web scraping, using the researcher-focused training modules from the highly regarded Software Carpentry Foundation (

Please note that places are limited.

EoI applications close on Fri Apr 03 2020 and applicants will be notified by Fri Apr 03 2020 whether their application has been successful.


- The concept of structured data.
- The use of XPath queries on HTML document.
- How to scrape data using browser extensions.
- How to scrape using Python and Scrapy.
- How to automate the scraping of multiple web pages.

The detailed course outline can be fount at


All researchers and research students.

This is one of the workshops offered through the Digital Research training program which aims to develop researchers’ digital literacy skills. Further support and resources can be found on the Digital Research website (
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