I am looking for someone knowledgeable about and experienced in using some of the numerous scraping programs available to walk me through them (via screen share) so I understand how they work, their pros and cons, and limitations.
My goal is to make an informed decision if, which, and to what extent such a program would be a more efficient and cost-effective way of collecting the data I need (from the web and numerous PDFs) versus hiring someone to script it from scratch.
Urgency is critical and I am available to work on this at any time.
1) The programs to be reviewed are preloaded on your system;
2) You speak excellent English,
3) You can make a clear phone connection; and
4) You can start right away
Please include the names of the programs you would review and your earliest available time to start.
The bids received thus far have all come in significantly higher than what I expected so I am amending this to clarify what I had in mind when I posted this.
This should be viewed as an hourly project rather than fixed price because there are too many variables to fix a price. Clearly the time will vary depending on how many programs someone knows and how quickly I understand what I need to know. I was figuring on about an hour or so per program until I understand how the scraping process works.
I submitted this as a fixed price project thinking that would get around this site's fixed hourly rate groupings and I would reach more people but I can see that it created other problems. I am on an extremely tight budget but I will pay the hourly rate I have to to get what I need. I am hoping this post will identify several people I can hire by contacting them after the initial award based on what programs they know and their availability.
So that this is not a meaningless exercise, please respond w/ an hourly rate, the programs you know, and your availability because that is on what any final agreement will be based. Otherwise it won't be fair to either party.
Those who have previously responded should resubmit in light of this amendment if they want to be considered.
Sorry for the confusion.