About Us

ScraperWiki is a platform for doing data science on the web

We help individuals and businesses to get, clean, visualise, analyse and manage data from thousands of sources. For science, journalism, lead generation—whatever you need.

The magic happens via “tools” running on our self-service platform. But we also offer managed services for corporate customers who want to make the most of their public and private data.

Made in Liverpool

Our team

Francis Irving CEO

A technology leader, Francis created the original TortoiseCVS, which has improved version control for tens of millions of people. He was a founder of TheyWorkForYou and WhatDoTheyKnow, which show the world how to use scraping and good user experience to improve democracy. BA Mathematics (Oxford).

Dr Ian Hopkinson Senior Data Scientist

8 years as an academic soft matter physicist, then research scientist at Unilever Plc for 8 years with experience of numerical models, simulations, data analysis, visualisation, image processing using Matlab, R and Python amongst other technologies. BSc Chemical Physics (Bristol), PhD Polymer physical chemistry (Durham).

Dave ‘Dragon’ McKee Data Scientist

Radiation physicist at Sellafield Limited, calculating shielding requirements and dose assessments to support safety in legacy nuclear installations; 3D modelling and simulation, human factors studies. Strong background in Python, relational databases and XPath. MSci Physics (Durham).

Dr Steven Maude Data Scientist

Trained in chemistry and nanotechnology, Steve is an experienced biomedical materials researcher. Now, he is combining these analytical skills with a lifelong technology interest to solve scraping and data mining problems using Python tools including lxml, NLTK and scikit-learn. MChem (Oxford), MSc and PhD (Leeds).

Aine McGuire CMO

Founded Pygmalion, the UK’s first Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and prior to that had a career selling Hewlett Packard systems into the City of London. She builds brand awareness, identifies routes to market, partner channels and also cultivates relationships with ScraperWiki’s large data science community. BBS (Trinity, Dublin).

Aidan McGuire Business Development Director

Started Blue Fountain, one of the first open source service businesses in the UK, and previously had a career in the Forex market in London. Aidan founded ScraperWiki with Dr Julian Todd and raised seed and series A funding with Channel 4 and Enterprise Ventures respectively. Aidan is CFO. BBS (Trinity, Dublin).

David Jones First Engineer

An 18 year career in the innovative Cambridge software scene has left David skilled in everything from memory management and text-retrieval to 3D collision physics and earth surface temperature observations. His weapons of choice are C, Python, Shell, and CoffeeScript. MA Maths (Cambridge), Diploma in Computer Science (Cambridge).

Dr Peter Waller Technical Architect

Previously a particle physicist at CERN, Peter is interested in big data and the power of technology to solve problems. With his knowledge of networks and binary file formats he can extract data from anything. A generalist with a nose for programming languages, he bridges the gap between the data scientists and the platform operators at ScraperWiki. MPhys (Manchester), PhD Particle Physics (Liverpool).

Our board

Jane Silber Chair of the Board

CEO of Canonical. World-class business person bringing global experience with Ubuntu, open source software, and high growth companies.

Dr Julian Todd Director

10 years of computational geometry for machine tool software at NC Graphics, followed by 4 years’ part time web scraping and parsing UK Parliament transcripts for TheyWorkForYou.com at mySociety whilst developing a new generation of geometric software for HSMWorks, now part of Autodesk. Julian is one of the founders of ScraperWiki. BA Pure Mathematics (Cambridge), PhD Vector Algebra (Bristol).

Company History

Back in 2003, ScraperWiki’s founders were the first people in the world to write computer programs to download Government information and make it more accessible to citizens. They created websites like TheyWorkForYou, which inspired the Sunlight Foundation.

ScraperWiki was founded in 2009 by Julian Todd and Aidan McGuire. We received initial funding from British TV station Channel 4. After fostering an active community of open data coders and data journalists, ScraperWiki won the Knight News Challenge in 2011.

In 2012 ScraperWiki closed a million dollar round of investment led by EV, to improve our platform for coders and build out our business offering.


As well as our awesome team, above, we’d also like to thank; Richard Pope, product manager for the first version of ScraperWiki; Zarino Zappia, Chris Blower, Ross Jones, Tom Mortimer-Jones, Anna Powell-Smith, Mike Richardson and Sym Roe, who helped build it; Nicola Hughes, Judith Townend, Zach Beauvai, Ed Cawthorne and Paul Furley; Tom Steinberg and Jamie Arnold, for mentoring; and Francis Davey, for legal advice.

Our logo is a ‘wheel tractor-scraper’ (like a huge cheese slice for moving soil) and it was designed by James Weiner.

The ScraperWiki website is Open Source and licensed under the Affero GPL. Check us out on Github.