Fragment: Pondering Mapping the Pearson Network
Tipped off by @brlamb to this Huffington Post story on Pearson ‘Education’ — Who Are These People? (which in turn led to this SEC filing (I found the risk assessment on pages 8-10 interesting), I started wondering about the web domains owned by Pearson.
Looking up the domain registration details for pearson.com turned up a a handful of nameservers – ns.pearson.com, ns2.pearson.com, oldtxdns2.pearsontc.com, usrxdns1.pearsontc.com – which we can use as the basis for a reverse lookup to see what other sites are registered with the same domain server (and which presumably, therefore, relate to Pearson activities).
SO for example, Gwebtools turns up a couple of thousand or so domains dangling off usrxdns1.pearsontc.com, but I couldn’t get Haystax extractor to scrape more than a single page (not used it before? Maybe I was doing something wrong? Or maybe Chrome was playing up (too many open tabs again?!). I’m also too tired right now to write a scraper – been struggling to answer ReCaptchas all night (I guess that by now they’re completely inaccessible if you have dyslexia? It often takes me 5 or 6 refreshes before I feel confident going for one!) Which is to say, if you scrape the data describing all the domains associated with each of the Pearson nameservers, please post a link to it in the comments;-)
WHich reminds me: is there a free open source of directors listing for UK companies yet? And how’s the Lobbiests register campaign (or WhosLobbying scraping) coming on? Is there a reverse lookup by company, so for example we could look to see who reps from Pearson had been chatting to?
I wonder also if Pearson support any All Parliamentary Groups…?
PS this was handy, at first… How to Find the other Websites of a Person?
PPS See also A Gust of WInd BLows Across HE on Pearson’s VUE assessment centres being used for open online course supervised examinations.