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Country/Organization name

Eurostat

Contact person for this case study

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Summary

Type of Big Data used

Commercial transactions 

Project description

Development of a generic tool for scraping prices from the web. Ultimate goal: Improvement of Consumer Price Index using price data on the internet. Similarities with the billion prices project.

Details

National or international scope of data source

International, and several countries' data are used

Public/private source

Private sector

Data access framework

The data are open for public access

Payment for data

No

Data access

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Data directly scraped from the web by the NSI using the open source software.

Domain and use

Prices

Degree of progress in use of the Big Data source

Experimenting

Tools and methods for processing

Open source advanced scraping software for collection. (No information yet on processing)

Privacy and confidentiality issues

Some e-commerce sites might forbid web robots to retrieve data.

Links and attachments

http://www.unece.org/stats/documents/2013.09.coll.html see WP30

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