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RSS Feed Parsing using Regular Expressions

We have a list of about 2000 RSS Feed URLs that were gathered from the Internet. We are looking to engage a qualified candidate to create a set of instructions in a predefined format (instructions to be provided later) that will allow us to extract various key pieces of data from RSS feed articles.

For example, for each RSS article inside an RSS feed that provides a list of events in New York City, we would like to know when an event starts, ends and where it is taking place. Since different RSS feeds contain this type of information in different layouts, this process needs to be done for every RSS feed in our list. The list of exact fields that we would like to extract is as follows:

• title

• summary text

• full text

• start date

• start time

• end date

• end time

• venue_name

• picture_url


A set of instructions in a predefined format for each processed RSS feed. Here is sample of the final output we are looking for:

harvest_instructions: { title: {feed: :title, regex: '(.+)\s-\s.{3},'},

description_clean: {feed: :summary, regex: '(?:\w+, \w+ \d\d?,? \d\d\d\d,?.+- \d.+\d{5}\.)(.+)'},

start_date: {text: '.eventWhen', regex: 'When: (\w+, \w+ \d\d?, \d{2,4})'},

start_time: {text: '.eventWhen', regex: 'When: (?:\w+, \w+ \d\d?, \d{2,4}) (\d\d?:\d\d [A|P]M)'},

end_date: {text: '.eventWhen', regex: 'When:.+- (\w+, \w+ \d\d?, \d{2,4})'},

end_time: {text: '.eventWhen', regex: 'When:.+- (?:\w+, \w+ \d\d?, \d{2,4}) (\d\d?:\d\d [A|P]M)'},

venue_name: {text: '.eventWhere', regex: 'Where:\s(.+)\d*.+\d{5}'},

picture_url: {src: '.eventPic', img}



We will manually test each set of instructions and evaluate the results.

Skill Requirements:

Medium level of knowledge of Regular Expressions (Regex)

Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS

Understanding of RSS and general web concepts

Knowledge of HTML and CSS

Experience working with Firefox's Firebug and/or Developer tab in Chrome or Safari in order view web page source for the purpose of data scraping


We are looking to release batches of 100 RSS feeds at a time for parsing. Payment will be based on a fixed amount per each parsed feed with a 20% bonus once each batch of 100 RSS feeds is parsed.

We are looking for serious candidates who can work on this task in the next 2-3 weeks on a full time basis.

Habilidades: CSS, Processamento de dados, HTML, Captura de dados na web

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