I’m excited to be getting started on a personal project of mine - it involves finding businesses, storing useful information on these businesses, and allowing users to see/edit/update the information.
But I’m trying to think of how to start this whole thing off, back-end wise. For example, do I just start a blank database and grab a team of people to start populating it? Do I try to program some kind of crawler that will start finding businesses and logging information on them? Do I talk to a bunch of businesses manually and have them populate my database?
Other questions that come to mind is, how do I safeguard my data from faulty entries and how do I implement a system to ensure the data is up-to-date? Also, when I fire up my app, how do I not slam the heck out of Google’s servers when Im pulling data about businesses?
If anyone has any advice in launching a project like this, can give info on the above questions, or would like to join me in this project, please let me know. I could definitely use a hand and it is going to be a really cool product.