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APRIL EVENT: “Webscraping, APIs and platforms”

Friday 11th April 2014 at 12pm in the Sanderson Suite, Claremont Hotel, Douglas, IM1 2LX

Our Speaker: Francis Irving, CEO, Scraperwiki, Liverpool

Webscraping is a hack technique to copy and paste useful content from a website to standardise, cleanse and republish information for typically easier access or better use by others.

APIs (Application Programming Interface) are an increasingly important factor in strategic partnerships, third party product development and a fast growing user base. The key selling point of acceptance on the recent Barclays “fintech” accelerator was early access to the Barclays Pingit mobile app API documentation and developers.

Facebook have just acquired Oculus Rift to upgrade the platform. Equally, Twitter could not have floated so spectacularly on a stock exchange without user traction as a platform.

Francis was a senior developer at FixMyStreet and at PledgeBank, the community crowdsourcing platform, subsequently funded by Omidyar Network (the ebay foundation) into the USA. He then kickstarted an epetitions revolution!

Clients include the Guardian newspaper, Channel 4, Twitter, Lexis Nexis and the UK Cabinet Office, so he could also talk about data visualisation in the media, the role of a data scientist and emerging business models if prompted in Q&A….

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BCS members who attend this event may request a CPD certificate, which will be provided at no charge. Non-members may also request a CPD certificate with a £5 charge, this needs to be paid in cash at the event to the Membership Secretary.


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