Someone once said ‘information wants to be free’. Well, yes and no. If you’re looking for publicly-funded academic research papers or live train running information or potentially life-saving data like tide times, then forget it. (Little bit of a rant, there. Sorry.)
After my radio, I fancied making a gizmo to show high and low tide times on my Raspberry Pi’s Inky pHAT e-ink display. This turned out to be way harder than I expected, chiefly because UK tide time data does not seem to be syndicated as an RSS or other accessible data feed. There is a privately-run web site that appears to have an RSS feed, but all the tide times are contained in one XML tag, so it’s not very useful. Magic Seaweed have an API but it requires a key – I have asked for one as they have loads more lovely surf data.
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