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Dec 16, 2016 4:38 PM CST
Do you allow access to your data as a service for developers (either licensed or unlicensed)? I'm interested in building queries/searching/updating plant data programmatically, and it would be helpful to be able to access the data through an API.
Name: Karen
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Dec 16, 2016 5:00 PM CST
Welcome! This question has been asked in the past, and the owner has said that this can't be done.
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Name: Joshua
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Dec 16, 2016 5:33 PM CST


Hi and welcome!

As Karen says, this has been covered here: The thread "Gardening API or Openly Available CSV Database" in Site Talk forum

The only options at present would be to scrap relevant pages, which means you need to build your script to use a valid login, as otherwise your IP will be blocked due to excessive queries.
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Dec 16, 2016 9:50 PM CST Admin

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