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Community Geocaching Analysis

Community Geocaching Analysis

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Published by Sylvain Bailly
Community Geocaching Analysis
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Published by: Sylvain Bailly on Jan 06, 2012
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1. Getting Started with Geocaching
I. Concept 
Geocaching (pronounced geo-cash-ing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. Aplayer places a geocache somewhere in the world, pinpoints its location using GPS technology andthen shares the existence and location of that geocache online.The most widely website used being geocaching.com. Each cache has its own associated page,where cache creators label the cache with terrain, difficulty, and size ratings from 1 to 5. Anyonewith a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache.To understand how geocaching community was born, it’s important to know the story of this sport/ social game/outdoor activity…
II. History 
GPS Users get an Instant Upgrade
On May 2, 2000, at approximately midnight, eastern savings time, the great blue switch* controllingselective availability was pressed. Twenty-four satellites around the globe processed their neworders, and instantly the accurac y of GPS technology improved tenfold. Tens of thousands of GPSreceivers around the world had an instant upgrade.The announcement a day before came as a welcome surprise to everyone who worked with GPStechnology. The government had planned to remove selective availability - but had until 2006 to doso. Now, said the White House,anyone could «preciselypinpoint their location or thelocation of items (such asgame) left behind for laterrecovery.» How right theywere.
London, Paris, New York, Beavercreek?
For GPS enthusiasts, this was definitely a cause for celebration. Internet newsgroups suddenlyteemed with ideas about how the technology could be used.On May 3, one such enthusiast, Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, wanted to test the accuracyby hiding a navigational target in the woods. He called the idea the «Great American GPS StashHunt» and posted it in an internet GPS users’ group. The idea was simple: Hide a container out inthe woods and note the coordinates with a GPS unit.The finder would then have to locate the container with only the use of his or her GPS receiver.The rules for the finder were simple: «Take some stuff, leave some stuff.»On May 3rd he placed his own container, a black bucket, in the woods near Beavercreek, Ore-gon, near Portland. Along with a logbook and pencil, he left various prize items including videos,books, software, and a slingshot. He shared the waypoint of his «stash» with the online commu-nity on sci.geo.satellite-nav:
N 45° 17.460 W 122° 24.800
Within three days, two different readers read about his stash on the Internet, used their own GPSreceivers to find the container, and shared their experiences online. Throughout the next week,others excited by the prospect of hiding and finding stashes began hiding their own containersand posting coordinates. Like many new and innovative ideas on the Internet, the concept spreadquickly - but this one required leaving your computer to participate.Within the first month, Mike Teague, the first person to find Ulmer’s stash, began gathering theonline posts of coordinates around the world and documenting them on his personal home page.The «GPS Stash Hunt» mailing list was created to discuss the emerging activity. Names wereeven tossed about to replace the name «stash» due to the negative connotations of that name.One such name was «geocaching.»
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In Englishhere In Frenchhere 
III. Today 
Today, there are over four million people actively engage inthe sport with thousands of local interest groups littered allover the world (www.geocaching.com). It’s over 1,500,000geocaches around the world including description, hint,attributes, gallery photos, trackable items, and recent logs
IV. To play this game 
Geocaching requires these 8 steps:
1. Register for a free Basic Membership. (http://www.geocaching.com/)2. Visit the «Hide & Seek a Cache» page.3. Enter your postal code and click «search.»4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.5. Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.6. Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.7. Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.8. Share your geocaching stories and photos online.
What are the rules of geocaching?

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