by Sophie Rotgeri, Moritz Zajonz and Elena Erdmann
One of the most important skills for data journalists is scraping. It allows us to download any data that is openly available online as part of a website, even when it’s not supposed to be downloaded: may it be information about the members of parliament or – as in our christmas-themed example – a list of christmas markets in Germany.
There are some tools that don’t require any programming and which are sufficient for many standard scraping tasks. However, programmed scrapers can be fitted precisely to the task at hand. Therefore, some more complicated scraping might require programming.