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I am looking for a webapp that would gather data from the web in a very similar way to a search engine, but instead of presenting the results as a list of titles and abstracts, it would dump the results into a table, attempting to extract metadata from the pages it had in its internal indexes.

(Once upon a time Google had a web-app called Google Squared. Is there any other tool like that today? I remember this as being super useful, and amazingly intuitive - although not perfect, it was an awesome tool for non-programmers to quickly create rather complex queries and have rendered almost immediately with very little effort.)

UPDATE: Here is the demo of Google Squared from 13 years ago.

According to the Wikipedia article it was created in response to Wolfram-Alpha, but WA is limited in scope by design (or I don't know/have access to other features).

This is the pertinent description from the Wikipedia page: Google Squared extracted structured data from across the web and presented its results in spreadsheet-like format. Each search query returned a table of search results which has its own set of columns - common attributes that are associated with the topic of a search.

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    Please edit the question to make it fully understandable to people who have no idea what Squared is. Thanks! :-)
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 7:41
  • Seems that you would like to write your own crawler + index. Another alternative is to use the search API of a search engine directly (e.g. Google custom search), and storing those attributes that you find interesting into a file or table.
    – knb
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 9:04
  • Well... I'm looking for something with a layman's user interface. Something a kid could use without the need to learn how to interface with APIs and a programing language. In essence a 'data-toy' that can produce meaningful output.
    – Lockszmith
    Commented Feb 7, 2023 at 12:59

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You are looking for a web crawler.

You have 2 options:

  • Search for an online web crawler: you will find Google Squared alternatives.
  • Build you web crawler: one choice could be sparkler but there are many more online.
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  • In essence every proper search engine is already a crawler, and an indexer. But no, I'm not interested in a crawler. Maybe a suite where a crawler is attached to an indexer that automagically discovers the metadata. I think Squares was inspired by Wolfram Alpha. But that is limited in scope by design.
    – Lockszmith
    Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 17:15
  • So I haven't understood your goal. In what Wolfram Alpha is limited? Because you cannot do a plain text question? Because you cannot generate an output? Give an example of a search you would like to do and what you expect to receive. Commented Feb 10, 2023 at 7:14

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