Web Scraping – Data as a Service.

Have you heard of data as a service (DaaS) before? A concept which can create product and services around big data which eventually can generate big revenue.  I give it a thought a long time ago but recently I started to think more about it; what If it could be done using web-scrapping techniques. In short, giving a service for your customer to generate data based on scrapping tools and technologies.

Web Scraping or Web Harvesting is a technique to extract data mainly from websites. You usually view the websites in the web browser but what If that data is parsed and saved usually on your high end databases and then analysed for deeper, summarised information. Usually you will be using the big data tools to analyse but our main topic here is not about analysing that data but how you can use a web scraper as a service for your clients and be able to give them an access to that scraped data.

Therefore, I started to create my own venture named Scrapify.me. It will cater our user’s need of getting out data from third party websites using our scraping tools. Scraping can help them in many different ways; They can create their own application/startup with pre-filled scraped data for their initial launch, It can help them in understanding the price/item comparison and monitor the changes, It can be used to analyse and study the meaningful data and so on.

Let me know through your feedback about the idea. I am very keen to look forward for your suggestions and comments.