HELP! Where to begin with online physician directory application
I am hoping to find a little direction or bits of advice from the experts here.
Background: I am a web designer trying to <strike>cross</strike> step onto the bridge towards web developer.
Project: A portable, extendable web application to serve as a searchable directory of physicians from multiple hospitals. The search needs to handle data including address and phone, as well as location on a map, and specialties. I also need to be able to take some of the data and function to various other websites. Are we talking "API"?
Pie-in-the-sky: Kayak.com-style power search interface with sliders, checkboxes, Ajaxy results, autocomplete, etc.
I imagine this is a project that could easily be done in stages, based on expertise, but can anybody recommend what STAGE 1 might be?!