Quickest way to scrape the page content out of a smallish (qty 150) set of Google search results?

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Jun 23, 2010, 5:58:26 PM6/23/10
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Looking for a kick start idea or a simple solution for a particular
task, and thought of this pnwcode4lib group as a good resource.

I want to search our local web site for a particular text string, and
then scrape the content of the pages referenced by the search results
into a single, or multiple, text file(s).

More specifically, I want to search our local site for "faculty cv"
and / or "faculty resume", etc, grab any CV data posted (of which
there appears to be lots), and massage that data into a rough starting
point for a bibliography of faculty publications.

I've done this kind of thing on individual pages via PHP.

But almost seems like there would be a ready-made Google API-based
tool for doing something like this.

Looking at the Google API now.

Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Wade Guidry
University of Puget Sound

Kyle Banerjee

Jun 25, 2010, 7:20:05 AM6/25/10
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Are you focusing on pages that are just within a particular area of the UPS domain, or do you want to get CV's from personal websites and other areas as well? If the latter is the case, the google method will probably work best. Having said that, the API doesn't give you any data access so getting significant amounts of info out will be hard, and you never know what you'll find/miss with google.

If you could get local website admins to provide a list of pages on the servers, parsing filenames for the right expressions might direct you straight to what you need. I would avoid crawling local sites -- just searching for these pages without cooperation of local admins since that kind of activity could be misinterpreted.


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Kyle Banerjee
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Orbis Cascade Alliance
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Jun 28, 2010, 11:25:09 AM6/28/10
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Thanks, Kyle. I was sort of coming to these same conclusions.
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