I want to know what is Data Scraping and how it is different from Web scraping in UiPath studio?

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Mar 26, 2019 in RPA by Manvi
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Hey @Manvi, Data scraping enables you to extract structured data from your browser, application or document to a database, .csv file or even Excel spreadsheet. The scraping wizard can be opened from the Design tab, by clicking the Data Scraping button. 

Data scraping always generates a container Attach Windows or Attach Browser with a selector for the top-level window and an Extract Structured Data activity with a partial selector, thus ensuring a correct identification of the app to be scraped.

Additionally, the Extract Structured Data activity also comes with an automatically generated XML string (in the ExtractMetadata property) that indicates the data to be extracted. Lastly, all the scraped information is stored in a DataTable variable, that you can later use to populate a database, a .csv file or an Excel spreadsheet.

Web and Data Scraping were two different tools performing the same task of extracting data from Web and desktop applications respectively in older versions of UiPath Studio. But now in the latest studio version, Data Scraping is only used for doing all kinds of scraping be it scraping data from desktop applications or from some web page

answered Mar 27, 2019 by Pratibha
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