Web Scraping of O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference 2019 London Using Python

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: The O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference covers the full range of topics in leveraging the AI technologies for developing software applications and creating innovative solutions. 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 environment and can be adapted to run in any Python environment without the Colab-specific configuration.

Starting URLs: https://conferences.oreilly.com/artificial-intelligence/ai-eu/public/schedule/proceedings

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