Developing a Web Scraper for UK Political Personnel Database Updates

In this meeting, the State Changers had a detailed discussion on web scraping for a project related to maintaining a database of political figures in the UK. The State Changers explored various scraping tools and finally opted for a scraping tool named "scraper owl". During the discussion, they navigated through HTML elements using Chrome's inspector tool and examined their XPath, CSS path and selectors. They also experimented with jQuery to identify elements and retrieve data from a webpage. After a number of trials, they finally decided to use CSS selectors to retrieve the data they wanted. They then discussed how to feed this data into Zano using the scraper owl API. They achieved their desired result and concluded the meeting satisfied with their progress. The associated keywords mentioned were XPath, CSS, Zano, and jQuery.

(Source: Office Hours 9/6 )

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