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Advances in Human-Computer Interaction
Volume 2014, Article ID 257815, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/257815
Research Article

A Large-Scale Quantitative Survey of the German Geocaching Community in 2007

1University of Münster, Germany
2German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrücken, Germany
3Hasselt University—tUL—iMinds, Diepenbeek, Belgium

Received 10 February 2014; Revised 12 May 2014; Accepted 9 June 2014; Published 26 June 2014

Academic Editor: Francesco Bellotti

Copyright © 2014 Daniel Telaar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We present a large-scale quantitative contextual survey of the geocaching community in Germany, one of the world’s largest geocaching communities. We investigate the features, attitudes, interests, and motivations that characterise the German geocachers. Two anonymous surveys have been carried out on this issue in the year 2007. We conducted a large-scale qualitative general study based on web questionnaires and a more targeted study, which aimed at a comprehensive amount of revealed geocaches of a certain region. With sample sizes of (study 1: general study) and (study 2: regional study) we provide a representative basis to ground previous qualitative research in this domain. In addition, we investigated the usage of technology in combination with traditional paper-based media by the geocachers. This knowledge can be used to reflect on past and future trends within the geocaching community.