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Web Data Collection

See also Website Data Extraction, Website Content Ripper, Web Mining Software, HTML Scrape


Web data collection refers to two things: (1) The process of systematically collecting data from websites, also called “web collection technologies,” and (2) a collection of data that can be viewed online. The article focuses on the first definition.


Mozenda gives you the tools to collect data content from any website.




Many companies use web data collection to copy data sets from websites, usually in long lists, or on items that change regularly. This translates into a steady stream of updating data; with Mozenda, as much as every 15 minutes! Applications of this method include:

  • Collect product and pricing information on similar goods sold by competitors.
  • Gather news, articles, blog posts, etc, and compile into a single RSS feed.
  • Monitor account data on a scheduled basis and perform routine actions automatically.
  • Monitor changing items on the web and have updates emailed to you.
  • Compile and regularly update contact lists.

Mozenda takes this a step further. Not only can you collect this information, it can be organized and formatted into whatever setup fits your process best, and saved as a CSV, TSV, or XML file on your desktop.


The purpose of screen-scraping software is to simulate the human browsing experience by replicating computer commands to click, operate drop-down menu’s, and ultimately extract specific data fields from a web page. The value of web scraping lies in the automation of the data collection and the transformation of the data itself from an unstructured format to a structured format such as CSV, TSV, or XML file. These files can then be downloaded and analyzed.

Why Mozenda?

Mozenda is a software tool that helps leverage the collective intelligence of the web by allowing you to extract the exact information you need on demand or on a schedule. In just a short time anyone can become an expert at using the Mozenda tools thereby harnessing the intelligence of other experts to save time and make more money. Learn today how your own staff can use the Mozenda software tools to benefit your company.

Mozenda is a leading company in this emerging technology of web data collection. Mozenda offers a total package solution with accessible tech support of the highest caliber for every move you make. Mozenda means business, for your business.

Try Mozenda today and see why so many companies are making the switch.


The Mozenda Advantage

Web scraping software is not just the wave of the future, it is here now, having been perfected by the major search engines. Information from websites can be scraped off and converted into a form usable by anyone with only a basic understanding of computers. Some of the best web scraping software sells for between $75 and $125 USD and is made by companies such as Newprosoft with their Web Content Extractor and Visual Web Spider that sends out a crawler indexing and collecting pages meeting any specific criteria. Text for student research, emails for marketing campaigns, and addresses or phone numbers of business leads are major uses of web scraping software.


Mozenda Training Videos


Title Length
Play Button Capture Text 0:43
Play Button Input Text Into a Form 0:44
Play Button Click the “Next” Button to Load the Next Page of Results 1:58
Play Button Schedule an Agent to Run Regularly 1:08
Play Button Combine the Contents of Two Fields 1:16


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