Scrapers to collect press releases. In Python.
This project is a stand-alone sandbox for easy development of press release scrapers for incorporation into churnalism.com. It's designed to require minimal setup...
- BeautifulSoup (for UnicodeDammit)
Just copy an existing scraper (eg onepoll.py) and start hacking about!
base.py is a mockup of the churnalism.com scraper interface. Rather than working against a database it just dumps scraped press releases out to stdout. It provides the BaseScraper interface to derive scrapers from. It also installs a caching handler for urllib2 which creates a ".cache" directory to stores downloaded files. This makes repeated test runs during development a lot quicker. Just delete the ".cache" dir to clear the cache.
To try out your scraper, add something like this:
if __name__ == "__main__": scraper = Scraper() scraper.run()
Then you can just run it directly, eg:
$ python <your_scraper>