Silk Data provides solutions and services for crawling and processing data from websites.
Time: 3 months
Many modern businesses require fresh and reliable data about markets, competitors, and related products to make business decisions. It becomes increasingly difficult to track your competitors and be aware of the situation in the industry. Marketers and analysts spend the most precious resources - time and money, but still cannot achieve their goal - to receive and process large arrays of data rapidly. Silk Data takes this problem on itself. With the help of web crawling technology, extracting and clearing large arrays of data is a matter of a few hours.
One may wonder whether Web Crawling is legal since it involves collecting data that seems private. It is still a bit controversial. However, overall, if the data is available without a password and the scraping results are not used for copyright violations or to attack the web system, crawling is legal. If the information is publicly available online, no one forbids downloading and using it. In terms of the legal aspect, since 2019, obtaining data from websites that do not attempt to protect them from the public is not a violation of the law.
Silk Data helped a big German real estate company collect a large amount of data, including information on prices, as well as some other important parameters (area, number of rooms) by using web scraping technology. With Web Crawling downloading an array of photos is not a problem.
Along with the rise in the use of Web Crawling services, the so-called crawling blockers appeared. More and more companies are reluctant or afraid to share their open data for various reasons. But this is not a problem for Silk Data either. We have developed several types of bypassing blocking, including using specialized proxies. The throttling function allows you to make flexible delays between requests and random intervals, which does not arouse suspicion.
The client encountered a problem as they had to spend a lot of time manually searching for the necessary information. This was required as was the subsequent systematization of the collected data, which sometimes did not correspond to the completeness of the request.
Moreover, it was pretty clear that manually analyzing tens of thousands of prices, downloading millions of images, or checking updates in thousands of documents is quite complicated.
Using the developed software helped our client significantly reduce the search time on the site and improve business activity by optimizing manual work by 23%. We guarantee comprehensive support of the project after its launch (changes in client requirements, updates on target sites).