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public API to search for geocaches

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Another from more or less stupid ideas about "what to do if everything will be done". Having website with all these stuff is just great, but to have public API, accessible from mobile application (I don't think you plan to create whole new mobile application, or?) to search for caches around with some advanced use cases that are not provided by geoching website or their "API".

Use case I have in my mind:

Search from coordinates similar to "Map Compare" to return list of caches around that neither of group or some of group didn't find. This can be handy to have when you are caching with friends and without preparation and you don't want to download every cache, check it for logs or downloading caches for all the people and doing some aggregation on client side.

I don't think this would be too much work, because you have all the sql queries, but the only thing missing is to define API and expose it. I can think about some JSON with list of caches with additional flags who found it if required.
asked Feb 25, 2015 in Feature requests by Jakuje (Moderator) (92,180 points)

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I believe this can already be done with "Map compare"

Select "Turn on multi compare" to define your group and "Center/radius" to define your area. You will get lists of caches everyone found, some found and none found.

Hope that helped!
answered Feb 25, 2015 by StadsAlv (8,970 points)
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You can do that with map compare today as the answer below says. You can have upto 10 nicks at the same time
If you look in the url you can see that all options are in the url.
To change to current location is just to change the coordinates
 
To create a public API to pgc probably is against the API agreement with groundspeak
answered Feb 25, 2015 by Target. (Expert) (104,000 points)
OK. I didn't mean public like without PGC authentication or Groundspeak authentication. But accessible for normal people/applications authors. That would be also against agreement with Groundspeak?
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