When folks think about New Century Software, they usually think oil and gas. But another, very important side of our business is Geographic Information System (GIS). We love using technology to spatialize data, and transform it into information that can be used to save lives and the planet, and help improve oil and gas asset management.
In today’s post, we’re exploring other ways that spatialized data is being harnessed and used for fun and learning. So lace up your shoes, apply the sunscreen, and make sure you have plenty of water!
What it is: An outdoor activity where participants use GPS coordinates to find objects. Players use GPS receivers or mobile devices to hide or find containers
(called geocaches); once found, players sign a book, leave an object, and take an object.
Over 3 million geocaches currently exist, in over 190 countries around the world. So there’s no limit to the fun you can have!
Want to play? Go to Geocaching.com (or use the Geocaching app) and create a basic account. Once you’re signed up, you can search for locations near you. It doesn’t matter if it’s urban, rural, or off the beaten path; children, families, and retirees can have fun, explore this amazing earth, and discover places unknown.
What it is: An outdoor activity where players find a unique place, mark its location, and then share it with the waymarking community. Think of Waymarking as a toolset. You take the location, categorize it, and add distinctive information about what makes that location unique and interesting. Your waymark is “a physical location on the planet marked by coordinates (latitude/longitude) and contains unique information defined by its waymark category”
This GPS-inspired activity is community-driven; and anything from monuments and cafés, to unique formations and important sites can be marked as a waymark. The possibilities really are endless.
Want to play? Go to waymarking.com and create a free membership. This allows you to join the waymarking community, track your progress, and share your latest find.
These are only two of the many, many GIS-inspired activities available. Other options include running from zombies (Zombies, Run!), searching for Pokemon (Pokemon GO), or looking for locations based on data from the stockmarket (Geohashing)!