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scraping is not related to data.



Why not? Scraping is part of the data acquisition and cleanup process. You need to do it unless you're working with Bloomberg terminals or Census data.

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I agree. If I want to engage with my local government on a local issue (e.g. anti-social behaviour) I need data. The data is increasingly available on Web sites. Hence scraping and format conversion become important...

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Yep.

Just the other day I was thinking -- I end up losing in debates because I'm unable to cite data. Scraping and acquiring data is a key part of research, so I'm very much looking for a text that presents the big picture as well as the nitty gritty details from beginning to end.

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