What is geotracking?

Geotracking is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using metal detectors and GPS-enabled smart phones. Participants do detecting in areas like fields and parks and record (publish and share if they want) the finds and trips to other participants. Geotracking is also a project to encourage voluntary recording of historically significant archaeological objects while having fun.

What does geotracking give to me?

Basically anything. Geotracking means an active outdoor lifestyle, lots of fresh air, the excitement of new finds, learning history, socializing with other like minded hobbyists, traveling to new places, and last but not least contributing to archaeological research of our cultural history through finding artefacts.

What kind of smart phone is compatible with Geotracking app?

Android phones with operation system version 2.4 or newer and iOS phones, iPhone 4/4S, as well as iPhone 5.

What is the meaning of the word geotracking?

The word geotracking refers to GEO for geography, and to tracking, the process of tracking buried objects and other users' geo-tagged contents.

What do I need to go geotracking?

The only necessities are a GPS-enabled smart phone (compulsory), metal detector (optional), digging trowel / shovel (optional), to find artefacts, record them and submit them to the Geotracking online app. Geotracking can also be done without a metal detector. Nature is full of interesting GEO-objects to be found and shared with other participants. Feel free to enjoy this hobby to its fullest potential.

What is a GPS device?

A GPS (Global Positioning System) device is an electronic device that can determine your location (approximately to around 20-100 cm) on the planet. Coordinates are normally given in latitude and longitude.

How does the GPS function?

The GPS device receives signals from GPS satellites. A GPS device needs to receive signals from at least three satellites at a time to calculate its general location by a process called trilateration. The more satellite signals the receiver reads, the more accurate the position it gives you.

How is using geotracking app being done?

Geotracking requires registering and downloading the Geotracking app. Follow these steps to get started: 1. register for a free Basic Membership at www.geotracking.com/register, 2. download Treasure Hunter's Geotracking App at www.googleplay.com, or App Store, 3. install and launch the mobile app, 4. enter your login credentials, 5. report some new single finds or tracks, 6. syncronize them to the online app, 7. sign in to the geotracking online app at www.geotracking.com/beta, 8. track other users' finds across the globe 9. like, comment, share, socialize etc... Keep reading the how-to-use guide to learn more about geotracking mobile app's and online app's functionalities!

What are the rules of geotracking?

Read our metal detecting code of conduct http://www.geotracking.com/codeofconduct. The way you can do geotracking alters country by country. Basic principles are: detect only with landowner's approval in areas which are not protected, designated, or restricted by authorities.

Do I need a permission before I start doing geotracking?

Yes especially if you do the hobby in private lands. Always obtain permission from a landowner or occupier before starting to search. You must adhere to the local laws concerning metal detecting, protected sites and cultural heritage.

If I do geotracking, can everyone know where I am located at certain time?

No! GPS device only broadcasts your location if you want to.

If I do geotracking, does everyone get familiar with the finds or spots I've found?

No! Only those ones you decided to publish are shown to other participants.

When I discover a find, am I legally obliged to report it?

Geotracking is completely voluntary and publishing or reporting a find is based on your own consideration. However, you must remember that some of the finds you discovered may fulfill the requirements (attributes such as age, type of treasure, find spot, location), when you must report it to authorities. Familiarize yourself with those special requirements. The rest lays upon your consideration. The way rules obligate you in this hobby depends a lot in what country you do the hobby.

Who will have access to the information of finds made by me?

In case of each find you will have to decide whether to publish it or not. You'll also choose whether to share accurate location information, inaccurate or none. However, all information that has been set to be published in the Geotracking online app will be completely reachable by other participants or public.

Where will I find treasure?

Anywhere, particularly places people have been; parks and playgrounds, showgrounds, ghost towns, school yards, picnic areas, abandoned homes, abandoned buildings, gold mining sites, camping grounds, roman sites, sports grounds, swimming pool areas, in fields, along rivers and battlegrounds. It could be in the form of lost coins, jewellery, or ones to be regarded as relics or historical artefacts, or even war relics.

How can I clean the finds?

Usually the finds won't need treatment except dry storage. However, familiarize yourself with at least some of the conservation principles when you have made your first great finds.

If I have discovered a entire range of material from old ages to modern times and I then share them, will the area then become protected and the detecting hobby is no longer possible?

It's very unlikely. There is basically no known example where hobbyists were forced not to detect in areas which are not officially designated or protected if the hobby is otherwise legally accepted in the areas.

Will my finds be taken away from me if I share them via Geotracking?

No. You will have full control over your finds before and after publishing. Geotracking will not be responsible for any disputes concerning publishing content in the online application.

I have lots of finds already collected. Am I expected to have this material shared?

That would be nice to have them all recorded, of course. There will soon be a function in Geotracking online app to add finds via the online dashboard afterwards.

Does Geotracking verify the published finds in any way?

No. Geotracking will not verify the real existence of the items photographed and shared in the service. Therefore Geotracking will not guarantee that the contents of the Geotracking online app database are real or exist in physical form. Geotracking won't take any responsibility of any contents published on any geolocations, which may be restricted or protected.

Can anyone expect that the find is really found in the place, in which it is located in the Geotracking service?

No. The location for finds published in the service might be manipulated by user, so no-one can expect that find is really found, in which it is located in the Geotracking service. Yet finds shared in the service can also have correct location information which refers to the original finding place.

Does Geotracking give details of me to third parties?

No. Geotracking will not give any piece of information of user information databases to any third parties if the user has complied fully with the Terms & Conditions of the Geotracking service as well as the Code of Conduct of the hobby. Simple advice, make always sure that your you have obtained all necessary permissions in relation to any material you may add or upload onto Geotracking.

Does the Geotracking approach fulfill the requirements of a scientific history research discipline?

A: No. Geotracking is just sharing finds and experiences with other hobbyists on a voluntary basis. It's also a fun and joyful way of documenting the hobby. Therefore Geotracking is not a way to do scientifically significant history research. However, it will increase data of finds based on the idea of crowdsourcing. This will hopefully lead to the situation that the database will become of interest to reserachers as the number of finds increases year by year.

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