API for access to member information

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API for access to member information

Postby davidnhutch » Sun May 06, 2018 4:26 pm

I don't suppose the church has any kind of API for getting member information?

As a new EQ Presidency, we're making the ministering companionship lists now. Since we live in silicon valley and many of us work in tech/software, inevitably we began to wonder if it was possible to continually update our google spreadsheet rather than have it go stale every couple of months. I know the church has a LOT of tools and list-creation in the Android app and more resources on the website etc. So I'm aware of what is out there already but still my question remains.

By API I mean access to member names, addresses, phone numbers and perhaps birthdays, not more.

Certainly with great power comes great responsibility -- I'm guessing probably the answer is no...

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Re: API for access to member information

Postby russellhltn » Sun May 06, 2018 5:27 pm

davidnhutch wrote:Certainly with great power comes great responsibility -- I'm guessing probably the answer is no...

You guessed correctly.

The trend seems to be to lock down personal information in order to comply with privacy laws and minimize the risk of a data breach.
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Re: API for access to member information

Postby ljcrapo » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:47 pm

I have not given up hope on this. A secure API for technically savvy members to build upon would be no less secure than lcr.lds.org. That website already has some potentially useful XHR endpoints that you could take advantage of to accomplish what you'd want to, but as has been noted in another thread, the church doesn't want us to do that.

I've had an idea for a simple app that would help improve the process of rearranging ministering assignments by visualizing where changes need to be made or fixed and how certain changes affect other companionships and families. The process always seems to cause a chain reaction that isn't so easily visible using the current set of tools. It would take me a weekend to write a front-end for this if a generic API were already in place. There are numerous examples of secure APIs with proper Authentication and authorization that allow for third party client development. My personal opinion is that if the church did create a secure API for us to use, it would help reduce leaders' inclination to save data to spreadsheets and distribute printed copies of the very information the church is trying to protect.

I know the request for an API has been sent up, but we haven't heard any news about if it's still even being talked about. It's been 5 months since I last heard anything. Still, I keep holding out hope that this becomes a reality and we get the opportunity to use our talents to enhance the work for our wards and everyone else.

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