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Arcomem training Specifying Crawls Beginners


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Arcomem training Specifying Crawls Beginners

  1. 1. Specifying crawls France Lasfargues Internet Memory Foundation Paris, France Slide 1
  2. 2. Training Goals ➔ Help user to specify properly the campaign ➔ Make user understanding what it is going on in the back end of the ARCOMEM platform ➔ Set-up a campaign in the crawler cockpit Slide 2
  3. 3. Plan What is the Web ? Challenges and SOA ARCOMEM platform Crawler Set-up a campaign in the Arcomen Crawler Cockpit Slide 3
  4. 4. Introduction : How does Web work ? ➔ The web is managed by protocols and standards : • HTTP Hypertext Transfer Protocol • HTML HyperText Markup Language • URL Uniform Resource Locator • DNS Domain Name System ➔ Each server has an address : IP address • Example : -> 4
  5. 5. WWW The web is a large space of communication and information : • managed by servers which talk together by convention (protocol) and through applications in a large network. • a naming space organized and controlled (ICANN)  World Wide Web: abbreviated as WWW and commonly known as the Web, is a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the internet Slide 5
  6. 6. HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol ➔ Notion client/server • request-response protocol in the client-server computing model ➔ How does it work ? • Client asks for a content • Server hosts the content and delivers it • The browser locates the DNS server, connects itself to the server and sends a request to the server. 6
  7. 7. HTML - HyperText Markup Languag e ➔ Markup language for Web page ➔ Written in form of HTML elements ➔ Creates structured documents denoting structural semantic elements for text as headings, paragraphs, titles, links, quotes, and other items ➔ Allows text and embedded as images ➔ Example : 7
  8. 8. URI - URL ➔ URL - Uniform resource Locator (URL) that specifies where an identified resource is available and the mechanism for retrieving it. ➔ Examples : – http://host.domain.extension/path/pageORfile – – – Samos 2013 – Workshop : The ARCOMEM Platform 8
  9. 9. Domain name and extension ➔ Manage by l’ICANN, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is non profit organization, allocated by registrar. • ➔ ICANN coordinates the allocation and assignment to ensure the universal resolvability of : • • • Domain names (forming a system referred to as « DNS») Internet protocol (« IP») addresses Protocol port and parameter numbers. ➔ Several types of TLD • TLD first level : .com, .info, etc • gTLD : aero, .biz, .coop, .info, .museum, .name, et .pro • ccTLD (country code Top Level Domains).fr 9
  10. 10. What kind of contents? ➔ Different type of contents : multimedia text, video, images ➔ Different type of producers : • public : institution, government, museum, TV.... • private : foundation, company, press, people, blog... ➔ Each producer is in charge of its content • Information can disappear: fragility • Size 10
  11. 11. Social web ➔ Focus on people’s socialization and interaction • Characteristics : • Walled space in which users can interact • Creation of social network ➔ WEB ARCHIVE -> challenges in term of content, privacy and technique. • Examples: • Share bookmark(, Digg), videos (Dailymotion, YouTube), photos (Flickr, Picasa) • community (MySpace, Facebook) 11
  12. 12. Ex. of technical difficulties: Videos ➔ Standard HTTP protocol • obfuscated links to the video files • dynamic playlists and channels or configuration files loaded by the player several hops and redirects to the server of the video content e.g.: YouTube ➔ Streaming protocols: RTSP, RTMP, MMS... • real-time protocols implemented by the video players suited for large video files (control commands) or live broadcasts • sometimes proprietary protocols (e.g.: RTMP - Adobe) available tools: MPlayer, FLVStreamer, VCL 12
  13. 13. Deep /Hidden Web • Deep web: content accessible behind password, database, payment... and hidden to search engine Schema établit sur la base de la figure "Distribution des sites du Deep Web par types de contenu" de l'étude Bright Planet. 13
  14. 14. How do we archive it ? ➔ Challenges for archiving : – dynamic websites ➔ Technical barriers: • • • • • some javascript animation on Flash pop-up video and audio on streaming restricted access ➔Traps : Spam and loop 14
  15. 15. What do user need to do some web archiving ? ➔ Define the target content (Website, URL, Topic…) ➔ A tool to manage its campaign ➔ Intelligent crawler to archive content 15
  16. 16. Management tools (1) Several tools exist already developed by Libraries which are doing some Library. ➔Netarchivesuite ( ➔The NetarchiveSuite software was originally developed by the two national deposit libraries in Denmark, The Royal Library and The State and University Library and has been running in production, harvesting the Danish world wide web since 2005. The French National Library and the Austrian National Libraries joined the project in 2008. ➔Web curator tool: Open-source workflow management application for selective web archiving developed by the National Library of New Zealand and the British Library, initiated by the International Internet Preservation Consortium ➔Archive-it A subscription service by Internet Archive to build and preserve collections: allows to harvest, catalogue, manage and browse archived collections ➔ Service provides by the Internet Memory Foundation. ➔Arcomem crawler cockpit 16
  17. 17. How does a crawler work ? ➔ A crawler is a bot parsing web pages in order to index or and archive them. Robot navigates following links ➔ Link in the center of crawl’s problematic • Explicit links : source code is available and full path is explicitly stated • Variable link : source code is available but use variables to encode the path • Opaque links: source code not available Example : 17
  18. 18. Parameters ➔ Scoping function is used to define how depth the crawl will go • Complete or specific content of a website • Discovery or focus crawl ➔ Politeness • Follow the common rules of politeness ➔ Robots.txt • Follow ➔ Frequency • How often I want to launch a crawl on this target ? 18
  19. 19. Arcomen Crawlers • IMF Crawler • Adaptative Heritrix • API Crawler 19
  20. 20. IMF Crawler • Component Name: IMF Large Scale Crawler – The large scale crawler retrieves content from the web and stores it in an HBase repository. It aims at being scalable: crawling at a fast rate from the start and slowing down as little as possible as the amount of visited URLs grows to hundreds of millions, all while observing politeness conventions (rate regulation, robots.txt compliance, etc.). • Output: – Web resources written to WARC files. We also have developed an importer to load these WARC files into HBase. Some metadata is also extracted: HTTP status code, identified out links, MIME type, etc. 20
  21. 21. WARC: example 21
  22. 22. Adaptative Heritrix ➔ Component Name: Adaptive Heritrix ➔ Description: Adaptive Heritrix is a modified version of the open source crawler Heritrix that allows the dynamic reordering of queued URLs ➔ Application Aware Helper 22
  23. 23. ARCOMEM Crawler Cockpit
  24. 24. ARCOMEM Crawler Cockpit • Requirements described by ARCOMEM user partners (SWR – DW) • Designed and implemented by IMF • A UI on top of the ARCOMEM system • Demo: Crawler cockpit 24
  25. 25. How does it work ? 25
  26. 26. Crawler Cockpit: Functionality • Launch crawls following scheduler specifications • Set-up a campaign by focusing, event, keyword, entity and URL • Monitor crawls and get realtime feedback on the progress of the crawlers • Focus on target content in Social Media Category (blog, forum, video, photo...) • Run crawl by using API crawler (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr) • Get a campaign overview with qualified statistics • Do some refinement at crawls time to have a better focus on the target content • decide what content to archive • Run crawl with HTML Crawler (Heritrix and IMF Crawler) • Export the crawled content to a WARC file 26
  27. 27. Crawler Cockpit Navigation • Set-up: A campaign is described by an intelligent crawl definition, which associates content target to crawl parameters (schedule and technical parameters). • Monitor tab give access to statistics provide by the crawler at running time • Overview: global dashboard on a campaign. The information is organized following different topics: general description of the campaign, metadata, current status, crawl activity, statistics and analysis • Inspector: A tool to have access into the content as it is stored into Hbase. • Report: specifications and parameters of a campaign 27
  28. 28. Set-up a campaign • General description • Distinct named entities (e.g. person, geo location, and organization),Time period Free keywords and Language • A selection of up to nine SMC (Social Media Categories) • Schedule: Each campaign has a start and end date. Frequency of the craw is defined by choosing an interval. 28
  29. 29. Focus on Scoping function Domain: entire web site Path: only a specific directory of a website Sub domain: Page + context: 29
  30. 30. Focus on scheduler Frequency: weekly, monthly, quaterly … Interval: 1 to 9 Calendar: a campaign has a start date and an end date. 30
  31. 31. Campaign Overview Global dashboard on campaign: • General description of the campaign • Crawl activity • Keywords • Statistics a • Refine Mode: User can give more or less weight to a keyword. 31
  32. 32. CC Inspector Tab Inspector tab allows user to •Check the quality of the content before indexing •Access to the content (from HBase), metadata and triples directly related to a resource •Browse a list of URLs ranked by on-line analysis scores is provided. 32
  33. 33. CC Monitor Tab The Monitor tab gives real time statistics on the running crawl. 33
  34. 34. Crawler cockpit demo • Online demo • Feedback 34