“With Import.io, we have been able to deliver more value and higher quality products for our clients. We just love Import.io.”
FiscalNote gives organizations access to a single platform for data related to municipal, state and federal regulations and legislation as well as international legislation. With data at the core of its business, FiscalNote must collect vast amounts of web data across a broad range of sources.
Automating Web Data Collection
After evaluating options for collecting government-related web data, FiscalNote determined that Import.io had the best solution.
“Import.io offers sophisticated Web extraction capabilities that are very easy to use,” said Will Raphaelson, professional services consultant at FiscalNote. “Combined with Import.io, we are able to leverage powerful machine learning and data science algorithms to automatically extract and analyze data at scale.”
Extract Data from a Variety of Websites
The data that FiscalNote collects using Import.io covers a range of information related to local government and legislation.
“As you can imagine, the variety of data that we gather comes in a number of different sites and formats. Import.io is able to extract data from both static and interactive websites as well as hierarchical sites that have a list page with details on separate pages. Import.io can even get data from behind logins and download documents,” said Raphaelson.
Integration with Internal Systems Enables Scalability
Import.io offers flexible, scalable APIs to support seamless integration with systems and workflows.
“The Import.io API allows our stack to automatically look for specified data. Without the Import.io API, our team would have had to manually download data then import into our systems. With Import.io, the data is exposed and we don’t have to deal with software,” said Raphaelson. “This automation has enabled us to triple our coverage and gives us capability to support massive growth, since Import.io can scale to billions of queries.”
More Coverage with No Increase in Expense
Using Import.io’s cloud-based extraction solution, FiscalNote has extended its reach farther and wider across the Internet to gather data.
“Before Import.io, we had people going out to monitor about 1,000 websites using a rudimentary change management tool. It was time consuming and tedious,” said Raphaelson.
“With Import.io, we are now covering over 3,000 websites at the same cost. This represents a 66% cost reduction for accessing that volume of data,” said Raphaelson. “And, Import.io has allowed us to unlock and extract more data than we’d been able to before.”
Improved Data Quality
“Import.io has also helped us dramatically improve data quality. Import.io’s automation takes human error out of the data extraction equation,” said Raphaelson. “Feeding the top-quality data that we get from Import.io into our data science models allows us to identify trends more places, more consistently.”
Customer Service Helps with Edge Cases
Import.io’s point-and-click interface is very easy to use out of the box. It is designed to let users quickly set up extractors to get web data without coding. However, when users have unusual use cases, the Import.io customer service team provides support.
“We found Import.io very intuitive and straightforward to use for most of our data collection needs. But, we have run into a few snags with some edge cases. As promised, the Import.io customer service team promptly helped us find workarounds. And, the Import.io online community has been great as well,” said Raphaelson.
Partnership Yields Higher Quality and Value
“Import.io has been a fantastic partner and their solution just keeps getting better. Since we started working with Import.io, the product enhancements have not stopped. Import.io continues to iterate and improve the solution,” said Raphaelson.
“With Import.io, we have been able to deliver more value and higher quality products for our clients. We just love Import.io. They’re awesome,” Raphaelson concluded.