An introduction to web harvesting
  • Updated on 06 Apr 2020
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Web harvesting refers to the process of collecting and organizing data from a web page. Harvesting techniques include:

  • Writing specialized programs whose job it is to decipher items of interest among vast amounts of HTML data from a web page.
  • Using specialized user-friendly software that allows you to collect the data without programming experience.
  • Copying the data you want by hand.

Mozenda is a mix of many web harvesting techniques. With Mozenda you can quickly set up and retrieve information from any website. With a friendly user interface, you do not need any programming experience to extract the data you want.

Mozenda also offers a deeper level of data extraction for users with programming experience. Using JavaScript, you can scrape the web very quickly while producing easily accessible and manageable data sets. With tools for comparison, refinement, and creating personalized reports, Mozenda allows users to manage data on a high level.

Unlike other web harvesting software, Mozenda uses browser-rendering technology which allows the Mozenda application to look and behave like someone using a web browser.

There are multiple benefits to this approach:

  • Mozenda loads and navigates pages just like anyone using a browser.
  • Mozenda can click and activate any item on a web page and wait for it to load.
  • Mozenda can easily navigate through deeply-nested web pages.
  • Mozenda handles AJAX and JavaScript easily.
  • Mozenda replicates your actions across multiple pages and categories. You only have to set up the navigation and capture an action once.
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