So what is web scraping?
Web scraping can also be called web harvesting or web data extraction and is the technique of extracting and gathering information from websites. Web scraping is related to web indexing which indexes information on the web using a bot (think search engine). The difference is that web scraping is more focused on gathering unstructured data from different sources into a structured format that can be used and stored in for example a database or spreadsheet. Common services that use web scraping is price-comparison websites or different types of mashup sites.
The most basic technique for gathering data from different sources is human copy-paste. However the goal with Bitrake is to make these processes automatic to the very last detail. Other techniques include DOM parsing, HTML parses or vertical aggregation platforms.
Is web scraping legal?