Web Scraping of SAS Global Forum 2019 Proceedings Using R

SUMMARY: The purpose of this project is to practice web scraping by extracting specific pieces of information from a website. The web scraping R code leverages the rvest package.

INTRODUCTION: On occasions we need to download a batch of documents listed on a single web page without clicking on the download link one at a time. This web scraping script will automatically traverse through the entire web page and collect all links to the PDF documents. The script will also download the PDF documents as part of the scraping process.

Starting URLs: https://www.sas.com/en_us/events/sas-global-forum/program/proceedings.html

The source code and HTML output can be found here on GitHub.