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What is an aggregator?

An aggregator is a program or platform that collects information from multiple sources and presents it in a unified way. Some of the most common use cases for aggregators include compiling news articles, job listings, and product information cards.Footnote 1 Developers create aggregators to make it easier for users to find and access information from various sources in one place. 

There are many types of content aggregators, such as: Google News, Feedly, Flipboard, News360, and Bloglovin. Companies like media streaming conglomerates and news outlets rely on advanced aggregators to help deliver their news stories to segmented audiences, offering a user experience that brings traffic back to their websites.

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If you are interested in learning this valuable coding skill, an aggregator tutorial can help.Footnote 2 Coursework may focus on building an understanding of XML, JSON, and RSS data formats. You may also study topics such as:

  • Web scraping techniques for data collection

  • Data cleaning and normalization

  • Aggregation algorithms

  • API integration

  • Data visualization and analysis

  • Data privacy and cybersecurity

  • Aggregator ethics and guidelines

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Knowledge of how to use an aggregator can be beneficial for a variety of roles including: 

  • Data analyst: An aggregator organizes large volumes of data and an analyst may help monitor the software.Footnote 3

  • Business intelligence analyst: To help translate data into actionable findings, a BI analyst works with several tools, including aggregators, to create visualizations and reports.Footnote 4

  • Content curator: Content curators are responsible for collecting, organizing, and sharing relevant content. They may use aggregators to ensure software serves the right content to the intended audience.Footnote 5

  • Social media analyst: Professionals in this role collect and organize data about content hosted on various platforms. An aggregator helps collect and analyze this data.Footnote 6

  • Web scraping specialist: A web scraping specialist is the person behind the software, responsible for identifying source websites, developing scraping tools, as well as cleaning and organizing the data to serve it in another format.Footnote 7

  • Information architect: This role ensures that information on a website is well-organized and easy to find, creating site maps and navigational elements, defining taxonomy, and collaborating with designers and developers. They can use aggregators to organize and serve information.Footnote 8

  • News aggregator editor: Editors identify potential news sources, select articles, edit content for style, and monitor the news site's performance. Aggregators can be a valuable tool for this job.Footnote 9

Each of these roles has widely different skills requirements. If you are interested in upskilling on an accelerated timeline, explore the different skills taught in boot camps. An aspiring information architect may be more inclined to sign up for a UX/UI boot camp, while a social media analyst may benefit from a digital marketing boot camp. With edX, you can invest in your professional development to propel your career forward. 

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