Scraping Web Forums with R

Webscrapping Mashup


In Person

This workshop will teach you how to scrape user-generated content from web forums using R. The course will start with a theoretical introduction to web scraping and specific approaches to scraping forums. We will then select two web forums and go through the process of scraping them.  

This is an intermediate-level course. Students must have a basic background in R. This includes, at least the basic data types in R, how to install and load packages, and how to use functions, pipes, and apply/map functions. It will be sufficient for students to have taken the Introduction to R and RStudio course

Those who have registered to take part will receive an email with full details on how to get ready for the course. 

After taking part in this event, you may decide that you need some further help in applying what you have learnt to your research. If so, you can book a Data Surgery meeting with one of our training fellows. 

More details about Data Surgeries. 

If you’re new to this training event format, or to CDCS training events in general, read more on what to expect from CDCS training. Here you will also find details of our cancellation and no-show policy, which applies to this event. 

If you're interested in other training on Data Wrangling and R, have a look at the following:


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Digital Scholarship Centre

Digital Scholarship Centre, 6th floor

Main Library 

University of Edinburgh 

Edinburgh EH8 9LJ