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Scraping Day with ScraperWiki

On June 27th and June 28th, as part of the Pre-OKCon 2011 events we are inviting You (yes: you!) to a Screen Scraping Day with ScraperWiki! We are delighted to have Julian Todd in Berlin who will chair the Workshop.

Is your data spread over the web? In different formats? Messy? Then come to the ScraperWiki workshop to find out how to make your data work for you. Bring data you want to dig.

Please Register Here for free

We will focus on Berlin Local Public Sector Information and other available Data. Participants will be led to take available public sector data, convert it to an open, structured format, and publish the result on the Web so that others can build on their work (Just as our friends did with the Big Clean).

It`s a one-day workshop dedicated to improving the quality of the data produced by the public sector bodies. Its aim is to transform unstructured data (e.g., HTML pages) that can be found on the websites of public institutions into richer, structured data. Such data can processed automatically with a greater efficiency, can be fed directly into data analysis and information visualisation tools to discover new insights, provide a source for a newspaper article or a report, or power a new application.

Shouldn’t all the publicly accessible data be also legally and technically re-usable?

The German government is starting to move towards open government data, but the change will take time.

* What kind of data my city or local government has?
* How screen scrapers are programmed, is it difficult?
* Is it legal to make a screen scraper and republish the data, how to avoid juridical problems?

The Twitter hash-tag for the workshop is #okcon2011