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vietgoeswest · · Portland · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 100

Hello Nick,

Do you have any plan to open source or create public api to access MP database?

Nick Wilder · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2005 · Points: 3,879

There's a very limited one that's designed for personal use:

matt swaim · · SL, UT · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 30

Had no idea about the API. That's awesome. A basic search method returning routeIds would pretty much fill it out.

Matt Seigel · · Austin, TX · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 25

are there any plans to have a route search in the API?

Nathan Self · · Louisiana · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 90

Whoa, I must be in the wrong place, and I didn't see nuthin. (slowly backs away)

Heliodor Jalba · · San Juan, PR · Joined Apr 2018 · Points: 1,663

MountainProject could really benefit from being open source. It has a strong brand, especially now that it's under REI, so having the code available to others should not pose a business risk.

MP could benefit from distributing the work to the outside world instead of struggling to find employees. There's plenty of overlap between software engineers and rock climbers and people willing to help.

I'd put it on Github, manage the work items to keep the product in line with the internal vision, have your engineers work on what's important to the company, and let outsiders work on whatever they find interesting and important that would otherwise get ignored. At the very least, the bugs will get fixed.

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