Re: [gpsstash] Re: open data exchange for geocachers
Around 21:31 on Jun 14, 2001, email@example.com said:
# Better yet, a NAPSTER style engine which would eliminate *any* central # repositories.
Napster is a centralized database, you're thinking more along the lines of gnutella, I believe. Gnutella is pretty noisy, but the model could be made to work if enough people are interested. Instead of looking for data with a certain name, you could look for data within a certain proximity of a point and pass around your query to all active cachers. Either model means that you'd have a different idea of what's available to you at any given moment. (Napster is central, but the data is essentially a mirror of the data from any connected client).
Gnutella does have the advantage of not having a single place you have to go when you're looking for a datum, but I think the disadvantages outweigh the advantages: each person participating would have to be running an application and be connected to the Internet at any given moment someone wanted to access one of his caches.
I think a better model is an application the person runs to register his point somewhere more centrally, and people are able to see all the data all the time. A web site is an example implementation of this model, but some of us are at least as interested in the data as we are in the sport itself. Right now, the site with all the data wants to keep it that way, and wants people to use its data in very specific ways. This is probably fine for the average geocacher, but not for all of us.
I don't think a central repository is that bad of a thing. It'd be keen if everyone used, for example, my site to dump their data and it got replicated to other sites from there where each could provide his own thing (like maps!). It'd be just as great if a bunch of sites got together and made replication agreements such that anything posted to any one of the sites would appear on all of them.
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