I'm a total dummy when it comes to programming, and now I have a heck of a data extracing job to do for my graduation thesis :cry:
Hopefully somebody can help me in the right direction here, because a whole day of surfing didn't get me to the right application to do this monsterjob for me.

The thing goes like this: I have to parse patents (in html format on my hard drive) to get specific bits of data (a technology class), store this data in a database, then have an interface to display the data in a meaningful format.

The patents are assigned to about 300 firms in the years 1994 - present. I need to know from this whole pile of html files which and how many of each found technology class each firm had per year. The patents are all in the same layout, so the technology class is always preceded by the same term, indicating the right line. Same goes for firm name and year of filing.

Anybody know if there's some little program in which I can set some rules to do this, without any programming?

I attached an example for Nokia in 1995. The technology class can be found after 'Intern'l Class'. These classes all have the same concept.

Hope the info is somewhat meaningfull as I study economic geography ;-)

Ok, thnx for the info! I'll do some studying...