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On 5/17/06, Nick Guenther <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > > of these sites allow for data exporting?  Or, at the least, I can have
> > > students take a map and code it themselves which may have some
> > > educational benefit)?
>
> Avoid making the students code it themselves; screen-scraping is not
> what you're trying to teach afterall. If you want to use these sites
> (and that's a really cool idea, as in modern and interesting) then
> code it yourself or with the help of the more tech-savvy students, and
> provide it to the rest of the class.

You might use PiggyBank [1] for screen-scraping data from websites. It
includes a user friendly screen scraper generator. Implemented as a
Firefox extension.

[1] http://simile.mit.edu/piggy-bank/

Best,
Uldis

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