As I'm sure you have noticed, there are a lot fewer geocaches listed
on my maps today than there were a few days ago. In fact, none of
the geocaches hosted by the folks at Groundspeak (geocaching.com)
are currently listed.
Why? Well I only want to show caches on my maps that I know are
both accurate and up-to-date and I can't do that anymore.
As many of you are aware, Groundspeak Inc. and myself have been in
discussions for a long time now (since August of 2003!) whereby
they would freely provide the information I needed to keep these
maps 100% accurate. The talks seemed to be going well and
none of the technical issues seemed all that difficult -- I was
given a sample set of data way back in January of 2005. So what
was the problem?
Legal issues. My lawyers said I'd be foolish to sign the agreement as
presented to me by Groundspeak Inc. I can't go into details (again due
to legal reasons) but the agreement would bind me in certain very strict
ways and yet there was nothing in the contract that would bind
Groundspeak to provide my site with geocache data that was 1) accurate
2) timely, or 3) complete. So why *would* I sign such an agreement?
So anyway, with the turning of the new year, I have decided to make
a clean start by removing all the Groundspeak-related data from my web
site. My apologies to all the geocachers affected by this -- it certainly
isn't something I want to do, but under the circumstance I feel I must.
So what's in the future? Well, I've already been contacted by other
geocaching and GPS games web sites asking what they can do to help get
their data on my maps. (How refreshing!) I'll be working with Quinn and the
kind folks over at Navicache.com to make sure their data is as up-to-date
and accurate as possible. And I have a few ideas for map improvements that
even those subscription-based corporate geocaching sites haven't thought
of yet. ;-)
So if you're the owner of a web site and you have GPS-related game data
you'd like to see on these maps, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and