Author Archives: Ohad Flinker

The Hackathon Award for Best API Mashup Goes to…

Posted on March 26, 2017 by Ohad Flinker

Competitive programming competitions, commonly referred to as Hackathons, offer a great opportunity for new talent to show what they can do. Much like professional sports, industry leaders send recruiters to scout out the top performers. With high stakes on the line and limited resources, getting noticed as a hackathon winner not only looks good on

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Posted on March 12, 2017 by Ohad Flinker

Last February, co-authors Leiff Azopardi and James Maxwell completed the latest edition of their book Tango with Django. It presents an excellent step-by-step approach to learning Python on the popular Django framework v1.9 (also compatible with v1.10). Although the book is designed as a beginner’s guide to web development, the material is packed with tips even

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How to Use Online Review Ratings to Crush the Market

Posted on March 2, 2017 by Ohad Flinker

Sifting through millions of posts on review sites presents both a massive undertaking and an incredible opportunity for influencer marketing. Some of the most successful app makers are capitalizing on that oppotunity. Use your favorite media monitoring plaform to sift through the reviews. As you might expect, the biggest opportunity is in reaching negative and neutral

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How web data saves lives, identifies threats, and brings criminals to justice

Posted on February 16, 2017 by Ohad Flinker

The team will remember February 13th 2017 primarily because of the opportunity to present at i-HLS Big Data alongside Fortune 500 leaders including IBM, SAP, and Dell. Over 500 participants convened to learn how homeland security and law enforcement agencies are using big data to serve and protect. Of particular interest was the role

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How to access, cite, and defend web datasets in academic research

Posted on November 24, 2016 by Ohad Flinker

We’re used to getting questions about accessing structured web data. But recently, we’ve been fielding a different kind of use case.  Researchers and scientists have been asking about data citation conventions and how to defend research citing web datasets for peer review. As you might expect, we published our answers in the new Guide to Citing Web

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Can Crawled Web Data Tell the Future?

Posted on November 14, 2016 by Ohad Flinker

Robert Tercek’s book Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World recently recently won GetAbastract’s 2016 International Book of the Year award at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Based in Hollywood, Robert has  spent his entire career creating interactive content and inspiring others to do the same. He was kind enough to share a few words

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Web Data Visualization of The Hillary Clinton Top 100 Network Graph

Posted on October 20, 2016 by Ohad Flinker

The web data business can get pretty tricky, especially when your job is to extract the broadest possible dataset from the planet’s biggest database. Last week, Webhose CEO Ran Geva ran a fun experiment to visualize Hillary Clinton’s web network. More precisely, who are the top 100 people most frequently mentioned in news articles and blog

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Should you buy crawled web data or build your own solution?

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Ohad Flinker

In a technologically driven environment, the temptation to develop a proprietary web crawling solution is virtually irresistible. Our latest report examines the true cost of computing and software development resources required to deliver a data crawling and structuring solution at scale: Development & Maintenance Development could mean coding a proprietary solution from scratch, or modifying an existing crawling

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Top 10 Big Data Stories Leading the Conversation

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Ohad Flinker

In the right hands, crawled web data can tell an amazing story. We were interested in the top 10 news stories – sorted by social shares on Facebook and LinkedIn. So we set up a simple news API request. We were looking for the stories published over the past 30 days returned by an exact match query for the term “big data”.  Here

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The Race to Achieve 100% Coverage of the Web

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Ohad Flinker

In our new report, we deconstruct the all-too-familiar race to achieve 100% coverage of the web. Data acquisition efforts usually rely on one of three approaches – build an internal web crawling capability, rely on data providers, or implement a combination of both. The goal is to tap into as much structured web data as

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Guide to Structured Web Data Consumption: How to get instant access to news, blogs, and online discussions

Posted on September 1, 2016 by Ohad Flinker

Hundreds of entrepreneurs, researchers, and data scientists contact us daily with questions about accessing structured web data. We put together our answers our new guide to Structured Web Data Consumption.     The consumerization of web data It’s easy to fall into the trap of building a proprietary crawling and data structuring solution tailored to

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5 Ways to Measure the Impact of Crawled Web Data on Your Business

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Ohad Flinker

The analysis you provide is only as good as the raw data you start with. Although data from the open web is often perceived as a commodity, not all crawled data is created equal.  Whether you’re relying on a proprietary crawling technology, tapping into a vendor’s firehose, or implementing a combination of both strategies –

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