Details

Data Collector

Basic information

The basic idea behind developing Data Collector was to create advanced solutions for problems and customer needs caused by Big Data. Owning or using Big Data (large amounts of data or data from different sources and formats) is a great challenge for every enterprise because this data is mainly unstructured, hardly accessible, inappropriate, invalid, not unitedly formatted and difficult or impossible to reuse and integrate to a specific platform. Data Collector was created considering the 5Vs of Big Data (Volume, Velocity, Variety, Value and Veracity); therefore, it offers advanced and up-to-date solutions.

Data Collector as part of the TAS platform is able to collect Internet data content in a structured format so as to make this content available for information systems or for further processing and analysis.

We have developed Data Collector to provide advanced and flexible solutions working with large datasets as a way to ensure advantages for your business.

 

Data cleaning and organization

Data is the new oil. We all know this phrase. With the increase in the amount of business data both internally and externally, it is essential to realize the future risks and possibilities of using such data in order to maintain our competitiveness.

Additionally, the processing of Big Data is extremely time-consuming. It has been measured that the largest part of the job of a data scientist is data cleaning and data collection.

“Data scientists spend 60% of their time on cleaning and organizing data. Collecting data sets comes second at 19% of their time, meaning data scientists spend around 80% of their time on preparing and managing data for analysis.

76% of data scientists view data preparation as the least enjoyable part of their work.” (Forbes.com, Gil Press)

 

Features

Data Collector through its solutions targets exactly these above mentioned two phases, so it is easy to admit that it means not just a more effective but a more pleasant workflow.

We save you both time and effort by collecting all the unstructured and structured data from a certain domain available on the Internet while making the process additionally more comfortable in the background.

By using the Data Collector service (one-off or recurring), you get not just business, but organizational benefits. Reaching and applying the collected data (i.e. market data, information about competitors, etc.) can support the whole organization very effectively.

 

 

How can you use Data Collector within your company

In details, how useful Data Collector is to the company’s departments

 

The flow from data to revenue

The following chart indicates the efficiency of Data Collector compared to a human resource, considering the data quantity. The bigger the data amount is, the bigger the difference in effectiveness; it follows that the bigger the dataset, the larger the business advantage that Data Collector provides.

 

The effectiveness of Data Collector

 

What do you really get? What are the related services?

The collected dataset (validated and enriched) and data from Data Collector can be imported into other products (see all supported formats under the “Integration with other TAS products” section), or you can obtain it in JSON format.

Our offer contains the following:

  • API
  • Data Validation Index
  • Monitored and transparent process with continuous progress indication
  • 3rd level customer service / permanent communication
  • Satisfaction measurement – effectiveness monitoring by query
  • Re-examination of the project
  • Follow-up
  • Maintenance

Example of maintenance (monitoring) by recurring data collection

You can check the daily trend of your data on a dashboard that provides you with the opportunity to constantly monitor the data flow.

The collected data can be used in its raw form or can be converted and enriched further by other TAS products.

Because of predictable expenses (monthly service fee), it is easy to consider to what extent Data Collector is beneficial.

The customer’s needs and requests affect the cost of Data Collector, which is clarified in the first step of the project.

 

Details of the data collection process

The data contained by the specified sites or documents is collected with respect to the following details:

  • Data Collector is able to extract the visible data, metadata (tags, picture description) or pagination from a website.
  • Sites, subpages, login-required pages, even hierarchical sites or pages with a slideshow component or with multilingual content also cause no problem for Data Collector.
  • When data is recognized as hidden, we offer a screenshot solution (the original exact look of the data).
  • In some cases it is forbidden by robots.txt to collect data. We respect this; however, this data is also possible to collect.
  • We can extract texts from a lot of different documents and image formats (PDF, spreadsheet, diagram or image file formats).
  • We are prepared to produce and deliver any required output format, even ones that require software development.

Important! Please consider that we are not responsible for the further utilization of the collected data.

 

How it works

Data Collector was developed to attend to individual needs, so the more we know about your business needs, the better and more sophisticated approach we can provide. The exact solution depends on the following parameters:

  • the required output formats
  • data transformation and enrichment need
  • the aim of the term of use (e.g. system integration to a CRM system)
  • individual needs (e.g.  a specific file type as an output format)
  • the source, amount and quality of data

The constant change of business expectations and IT tools and every new purchase order promote the evolution of Data Collector. We constantly search for new application scope so as to provide up-to-date solutions.

Have a special requirement for data? Wondering if there is a solution? Let us know!

Through implementation of a project we assess your needs, aims and requirements.  We use the collected information to prepare the project and quotation plan, we identify the key points, and subsequently, we prepare the specifications and the quotation.

Factors affecting the quotation

  • the complexity of the task
  • special requirements
  • the quality and the quantity of data
  • possible custom development needs
  • the expected deadline

Quotation request

 

Examples of data collector projects

Through our previous projects, we have gained significant experience in collecting and processing various web-hosted data. Whether downloading unstructured public data (e.g: public money spending), competition monitoring and analysis, downloading publications for research aims or collecting job advertisements, these are all use cases and real tasks for Data Collector. Another scope of usage is data journalism because of its enormous need for data. Collecting open data is also a frequent scope of usage. We are also the operator of the Opendata.hu portal.


Integration with other TAS products

Data Collector is part of the TAS platform. We have also developed other software services in TAS that complement the services of Data Collector.

TAS Enterprise Search is an Elastic-based enterprise search engine with massive data searching capability (access rights to your data). TAS Enterprise Search Engine enables the user to accomplish searches in the data collected by TAS Data Collector. It is a perfect combination when you don’t just need the data, but you also want your dataset to be effectively searchable. TAS Enterprise Search Engine is also capable of finding named entities (i.e. company names or dates) in various formats. Find out more by reading the Enterprise Search use case.

TAS Thesaurus Manager is a synonym-builder module that enables the building of more intelligent search engines with the TAS Enterprise Search Engine platform. Searches launched with the combination of TAS Enterprise Search Engine and Thesaurus Manager lead to more meaningful and relevant matches. Find out more by reading the Thesaurus Manager use case.

TAS Search Log Analyzer is a perfect solution if you have your structured database and it is already searchable. In this case you may be keen on getting information about the launched searches. As an example, TAS – Search Log Analyzer lets you know which keywords are used frequently or without any match. These and similar information can be used to continuously improve your search system. Find out more by reading the Search Log Analyzer use case.

TAS Tagger is a tagging solution that is able to retrieve and determine key phrases and topics from texts. It gives tags to your collected datasets automatically. By the tags it is possible to find the connectivity points between different text bodies. One of the key application form is tagging articles in news websites or tagging a great amount of science contents or various business documents. Find out more by reading the Tagger use case.


Technical description

Initial system requirements (On Premise)

x86_64 CPU at least 4 core

at least 16GB RAM 35GB disk (it may grow as the amount of logs increase)

64-bit Linux, Windows or macOS (64-bit)

JDK 1.8 or above

 

Availability and platform support

Cloud API – On Premise API – Java SDK is available

 

Integration with other products

Precognox TAS platform

Tableau

RapidMiner

Power BI

Google Data Studio

IBM SPSS

Output format
Default: JSON

 

Questions and Answers

What is the duration of implementing a TAS solution? Every TAS project has different requirements, although previous projects have been implemented in 1-3 months.

What expenses can I expect? There may be considerable differences, but in simple cases the Data Collector service may start from a couple tens of USD monthly. Quotation request

Can you handle special requirements? Sure, no problem. We are not only the owners of TAS Platform solutions but also a software development enterprise, so we are capable of developing your custom solution.

Are you prepared to go into business with enterprises outside of Hungary? We have several partners in Europe and we also have overseas customers. We all speak English, and some of us speak German as well.