SUMMARY: The purpose of this project is to practice web scraping by extracting specific pieces of information from a website. The web scraping Python code leverages the BeautifulSoup module.
INTRODUCTION: useR! Conference is an annual meeting that focuses on supporting the R community and ecosystem. This web scraping script will automatically traverse through the entire web page and collect all links to the PDF and PPTX documents. The script will also download the documents as part of the scraping process. The Python script ran in the Google Colaboratory (Colab) environment and can be adapted to run in any Python environment without the Colab-specific configuration.
Starting URLs: https://user2019.r-project.org/talk_schedule/
The source code and HTML output can be found here on GitHub.