Opencaching network still in the dark
It’s been great to have some comment in the last few days from people who are actually part of the opencaching network (the .us, .eu crowd – not the .com site). This comment came through today from Jorg at opencaching.de and I’ve felt the need to paste it below. It’s clear from his comments that Garmin are not communicating with the current opencaching network and are leaving them completely in the dark. These guys voluntarily run these sites out of love for the game and it’s sad that Garmin producing the opencaching.com site is likely to severely impact their work.
Hi folks (sorry for a little bit “bad” english )
I’m a member of the “Team Opencaching.de” which provides the free services behind the free german plattform opencaching.de.
We are “not amused” about the choice of this already used name.
Opencaching.de is one of several national opencaching.XY, that have been started years(!) ago, several other national plattforms are prepared to start.
Take a look at http://www.opencaching.eu. All of this plattforms are driven and supportet by volunteers in their rare spare time all over the world. And they are growing! From US to japan!
In europe Garmin is the marketleader of GPS-devices. The Geocaching-market in germany is the biggest one after US.
I’m shure, most of this people from the several opencaching-network-plattforms using GARMIN devices.
And now, this big company is going to initiate a new plattform with the exactly (!) identical name “Opencaching”?!
Whats their goal?
a) Displace/Eleminate the free opencaching-network?
b) Work together with the opencaching-network?
reg. a) With a lot of (marketing/PR) money Garmin has the power to do that, shure!
reg. b) No dialog has been iniiate by Garmin Ltd at this time!
Discussions about the behavior of Garmin Ltd has been started in germany geocaching-scene (>google). Some say, they will not use Garmin-devices further, if Garmin “execute” the free opencaching-network.
We, the Team of the german plattform http://www.opencaching.de are open for dialog with Garmin Ltd.
Hey Garmin Ltd, what’s going on? Pick up your phone or drop us a line via mail!
Garmin Germany can give you the phone-number.
We already work together for better support of GPX-files from opencaching.XY in Garmin-devices.
Member of Team Opencaching.de (Germany)
and from DudleyGrunt
As a user and admin at OpenCaching.us (though, just speaking for myself), I’m not sure what to think. I like the idea of competition and think that currently, Groundspeak doesn’t have any real competition.
The current confederation of OpenCaching sites are each independent, so it would be interesting if Garmin was interested in working with these sites to create a shared database and a stronger competitor to Groundspeak.
Will have to wait and see.
Good luck to both of you guys!
It’s also great to see geocaching.com.au are also willing to take on Garmin:
It will certainly be interesting to see what they do.
As one of the developers of an free-and-open geocaching site ( http://geocaching.com.au )I look forward to seeing what they dish up and how ‘open’ it really is. The concept of a large commercial company running an ‘open’ site is something I need to get my head around, I can see many conflicts with such an arrangement.
Look, a heck of a lot of people use devices and software that handle more than one geocaching listing site, this is just potentially another alternative.
Bring it on I say!