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Registration

Registration is free. It consists in entering the basic data required for your identification and rating of statistical data.

Professional membership / PRO days

Professional membership is paid (12.99 USD for 1 year). It enables you to become a professional in the GeoSpy game. Thanks to professional membership, you will get access to restricted sections. The list of advantages can be found in section advantages of professional membership. A nick of a professional spy will be accompanied by an icon .

Spy's diary

As a registered spy, you automatically receive your own diary (My diary). You can also browse diaries of other spies. A spy's diary consists of several parts:

  • Profile
  • Owned objects
  • Secured objects
  • Photodocumentation
  • Plan
  • Reports

Profile

A profile consists of a summary of important information about the spy. You can modify your own profile anytime. In addition to standard information, you can also set up the language of the game. From your profile, you can ask for professional membership.

Rating of activities

Your activities have been continuously automatically rated and compared to those of other spies. The results can be found in section Files and My diary > Reports.

The files are intended to rate:

  • Target 1: securing and creating of objects,
  • Target 2: creating good records of objects,
  • Target 3: taking good photos of objects

The reports are intended to rate:

  • Target 4: conquering of territory,
  • Target 5: exemplary activities.

Searching for objects - map

You can look up objects on the map. The map can be found on the home page by clicking on the "Search for objects on the map" button or from the menu objects > Find on the map.

You can look up a place or point on the map, in the surroundings of which you want to secure or create objects.

By clicking on the icon of any object, an information box will be displayed, containing the basic information about the object.

By clicking on the Name of the object in the information box, Description of the object will be displayed.

On the map, there are objects you own objects you secured and other objects. Other objects are distinguished according to a relevant object category. If you are a professional, this can be used to filter on the map.

If you are a professional, you can add objects to the plan. By clicking on the "Add to the plan" button in the information box, the object will be added to the plan. The plan can be seen both on the map and in your diary.

Planning of objects - plan

objects can be added to plans only by professionals. Plans enable multiple planning and export of information to a single GPX file. Planned objects can be then processed as secured by simple inserting of reports on securing.

objects can be added to plans both from information boxes of objects on the map and from an object browsing form. You can add an object to a plan by using an icon .

Popularity and rating of objects, photos

By entering the rating and popularity, you contribute to the creation of statistics of other spies. The more responsible feedback you give, the better the resulting rating and popularity statistics will be.

You can rate the quality of records of each object not owned by you, i.e. the description, accuracy of entered information and records of the object as a whole. The rating can be entered by means of icons from 0 to100%.

With each object not owned by you, you can select whether you like the object in reality by selecting a heart .

With each photo not owned by you, you can select whether you like it by selecting a heart next to the photo.

With each object and photo, you can click on an icon to show the list of raters of the relevant object or photo.

Regular weekly competitions

Regular weekly competitions can be found in the Files.

Competitions take place every week. Various types of competitions can be displayed by means of tabs in the upper right corner.

Results of competitions from individual weeks can be displayed by selecting a particular week in the „Select competition“ menu.

How did you perform in the past? Select the week you are interested in.

Sort the competition results according to the figure.

For example, in the Spies table, sort spies according to the „Score“ column. The spy, who reached the highest score in the selected week, will win.

Do the same for other columns and types of competitions - Objects, Photodocumentation, Locators.

Note regarding locators: Locators occupied in the previous competition will be also included in a new weekly competition.

Every week, you can compete for:

In each competition, you can win the PRO days

  • 1st place: 5 PRO days
  • 2nd place: 3 PRO days
  • 3rd place: 1 PRO days
Objects

Categories of objects

At present, there are 5 basic categories of objects at GeoSpy. They are divided into approx. 35 subcategories. Each category is interesting and different as such.

Civil

Historic and religious

Natural

Technical

Military


  • Civil object is each object which is not a military target.

    Subcategory of civil objects

    • observation construction (observation tower.. )
    • open space (square, market, pedestrian zone...)
    • architectonically interesting building (administrative premises, cinema, shopping mall...)
    • medical facility (hospital, spa...)
    • sports ground (racing track, playground, sports area...)
    • abandoned object (factory, hospital, military compound, residence...)
    • other

  • A historical object is an object built by our ancestors. Religious object is an object representing various concepts and symbols of various communities related to their spiritual experience...

    Subcategory of historical and religious objects

    • religious object (church, shrine, temple...)
    • historical settlement (castle, chateau...)
    • historic fortification (medieval hillfort, stronghold...)
    • ruins
    • commemoration point (chapel, cemetery, monument, memorial, cross, wayside shrine...)
    • sculptural work, work of art (statue, sculpture, fountain, carving...)
    • museum exhibit (museum, gallery, open-air museum)
    • other

  • Natural object can be both animate nature (all living organisms) and inanimate nature (usually a phenomenon of a natural character. It could have been originating for millions of years. Its importance may reach a local or even national value).

    Subcategory of natural objects

    • geological formation (mountains, hill, volcano, rock, solitary boulder... )
    • underground cavities ((cave, chasm...)
    • valley (canyon, pass...)
    • scenery, panorama
    • fauna (zoo, aquarium, game park...)
    • flora (arboretum, botanical garden, orchard, garden...)
    • waters (dam, spring, waterfall, water course, bay, gulf...)
    • other

  • Technical object is a real object created by humans, having its developmental beginning and end. It can be said that a technical object is a basic invention (not a technological procedure) i.e. a machine as such, device, tool, technical equipment or a structure.

    Subcategory of technical objects

    • manufacturing, mining, processing (factory, mining tower, pit, water tower, mill...)
    • strategic materials container (granary, grain, water, fuels...)
    • transportation structure (bridge, tunnel, station, dock, intersection...)
    • underground space (collectors, sewers...)
    • production, distribution of energy (power plant, heating plant, incinerator, generator...)
    • signalling and navigation device (transmitter, radar, antenna, lighthouse, buoy...)
    • scientific centre (research centre, observatory, climatological station...)
    • other

  • Military object is an object reserved for training or operation of armed forces, especially the army.

    Subcategory of military objects

    • military fortification (fort, fortification, bunker, observation post, trench... )
    • military shelter (object that cannot be used for defence or attack...)
    • military buildings (barracks, warehouse, airport...)
    • military vehicles (means of transport, weapons, communication systems...)
    • training object (tower, assault course, firing range...)
    • memorial to the fallen
    • other

Creating an object

  • Before creating an object:

    Before you create your own object, we recommend securing several objects in your surroundings. You will then learn what it means to secure an object.

    By performing various tasks given in the description of objects in various places and under various conditions, you will understand better what makes an object interesting.

    It is important that you understand the basic rules before you send your object for publication:

    1. check whether the same object has been published or not
    2. take a photo of the object (if you have taken a picture of it earlier, you can use it)
    3. determine the position of the object via GPS co-ordinates
    4. describe the object in English or in a language of the country, which the object is published in
    5. please respect any photography restrictions

  • Creating an object:

    You can create an object from your own diary - My diary > Own objects by pressing on the "Create an object" button, or from the menu Objects > Create an object. An editing form requesting information for creating an object will be displayed.

    You enter:

    • object category
    • object name
    • state
    • region
    • object position - GPS co-ordinates
    • title photograph
    • description
    • description photo (optional)

    As soon as the object is saved, it is in the „under preparation“ mode. As soon as the object is ready for being published, send the object for publishing. The object at this stage can be seen by the operator. Now you have to wait for other instructions of the operator. If everything is all right, the operators will publish your object.

    By creating the object, the object becomes your own object.

     

  • The following steps will help you create an object

    Menu Objects > Create an object

    Selection of categories and subcategories of the object

    Select an object category, which fits most to your object. You can select more subcategories, if the object meets the criteria.

    Exact location of an object

    1. enter the place or co-ordinates, where the object is located
    2. by clicking on the map, determine the co-ordinates
    3. accuracy of the localisation can be checked also on a satellite map

    Exact location of an object

    Accuracy of the localisation can be checked also on a satellite map.

    Object publication

    You have completed the description of the object. Are you satisfied with the changes? Check everything (exact location of the object on the map, name,...)?

    If you want to send the object for checking and publishing by the operator, you can use the following option.

Securing an object - report on securing

To secure an object, take a photo of an object of another spy. Then make a report on securing the object. In order to complete the securing process, you have to add a photo into the report on securing.

You will get 1 point for each secured object. Each object can be secured only once.

Photographs of an object can be updated anytime. For photographs in the GeoSpy game, the „photodocumentation“ term is used. Photodocumentation attached to a report on securing will be rated by other spies.

If you want to tell something to the owner and/or other spies about the object, you can use an additional message.

 

  • Object securing procedure

    Go to the map from the main page or from main menu Objects > Find on the map.

    Click on the object icon and then on „Secure“ and enter your experience in a report on securing and load photos.

    Or use the „Record the securing“ button in the object description.

Additional messages

Additional messages can be added to each object. Additional messages serve for giving information about the relevant object. Additional messages can be added both by an owner and by a spy or they can be used by the operator to provide information.

Types of additional messages:

published: comments about the publication of an object. It can be entered by the operator. Only is an object is published.

note: any comments about an object. It can be entered by an owner or another spy.

operator's note: comments from the operator. It can be entered by the operator.

accessible: comments about the accessibility of an object. It can be entered by the owner of the object. Only if the status has changed from inaccessible to public.

inaccessible: comments about the inaccessibility of an object. It can be entered by the owner of the object. Only if the status has changed to inaccessible.

archived: comments about the archiving of an object. It can be entered by the owner of the object or the operators. Only for archived objects.

needs archiving: recommendation of archiving an object. It can be entered by another spy.

unarchived: comments about unarchiving an object. It can be entered by the operator only. Only if the status has changed from archived.

Browsing objects

While browsing the records of an object, you will see who owns it, when it was published, how many spies visited it, how it is rated, and other useful information.

Rating of objects

You can rate the records of an object by selecting 0 to 5 stars. 0 stars = 0% (the lowest rating) and 5 stars = 100% (the highest rating).

Did you visit the object? Did you like it? In that case, use the heart.

Statuses of objects

In the section of own objects, the list of objects owned by the spy is always displayed. The list of non-published objects is displayed only in your diary (My diary). Each spy must administer his/her objects. After an object has been created, it has to go through several statuses until it can be published.

Statuses of a non-published object:

under preparation: a status which is set up automatically after the object has been created. The object is not shown on the map. The object can be seen by its owner only. Under this status, the owner of the object can set up the for publishing status.

for publishing: a status, which can be set up by the owner of the building. In this status, the object can be seen by the operator. The operator helps the owner prepare the object for publishing. As soon as the operator publishes the object - it will change to the public status.

A published object can be public or inaccessible. The author or operator can archive the published object.

Statuses of a published object:

public: a status following the publishing of an object. The object can be seen on the map and can be worked with normally. Under this status, the owner of the object can set up the inaccessible or archived status

inaccessible: a status of an object, which says that there is an obstacle to securing the object. The object is temporarily out of operation, inaccessible, removed, etc. In this status, the owner of the object can set up statuses: inaccessible or archived

Inaccessible object can be found on the map, in the statistics and profiles of users. A report on securing can be entered there and photos can be loaded.

It is a temporary condition. Usually, it has a serious cause. The cause can be usually found in the additional message of the inaccessible type. The object is inaccessible due to structural changes, etc.

An object can be activated/deactivated or archived only by the owner of the building or the GeoSpy operator.

archived: a status, when the object does not appear on the map. The object cannot be secured – no messages can be added to it. The „archived“ status is the same both for published and non-published objects.

The object cannot be found on the map or in the files, statistics. However, it can be seen in user's profiles. A report on securing cannot be entered there and photos cannot be loaded.

Archiving is mostly permanent. Usually, it has a serious cause. The cause can be usually found in the additional report of the „inaccessible“ type. The object could have been removed, it is inaccessible due to structural or any other changes, or it has breached the GeoSpy rules.

An object can be archived only by the owner of the object or the GeoSpy operator. The object can be unarchived only by the GeoSpy operator.

Note: Archived objects can be unarchived upon agreement with the operator.

Your own object will be visited by other spies, who can add reports to it. The system will send notification about any new message to your e-mail. As the owner of the object, you are entitled to delete any message. Other spies will rate your object both in terms of popularity and the quality of its recording.

FTR, STR, TTR

The system monitors who is the first (FTR), the second (STR), or the third (TTR) to enter a report about securing the object and to load a photo.
The date and time of loading the photo will be recorded by the systém and cannot be changed. At the same time, the date when the object was secured is saved too.
The date of securing can be modified by the spy. The date of securing indicates when the spy visited the object.

  • FTR (First To Report)
    If you are the first who secured the object (loaded a photo).
  • STR (Second To Report)
    If you are the second to secure the object (to load a photo).
  • TTR (Third To Report)
    If you are the third who secured the object (loaded a photo).

Frequently asked questions

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What do I need for GeoSpy?

1.Registration at GeoSpy.org - free of charge.

2.Camera.

3.Not required: GPS device or mobile phone with GPS.

Where are the objects located?

The objects are located all over the world. You will get to important or interesting places.

You can create or secure local objects, which are easily accessible, such as bunkers, factories, houses, mountains, rivers, and many others. Some objects can be photographed only under water, from a plane, or from the universe.

How many object categories are there?

At present, there are 5 main object categories at GeoSpy. They are divided into 38 subcategories. Each category is interesting and different.

What language should an object in a foreign country be described in?

Describe an object in a foreign country in English, or in the language of the country, which the object is published in.

You can add several languages to the description. Wikipedia can help you describe objects in various languages.

May I use old photos?

Yes. GeoSpy aims at creating photodocumentation, which enables to watch changes of a relevant object over time.

If you have a 100-year-old photograph, you can use it in creating as well as securing the object. GeoSpy will also enable you to record the age of the photo. Other spies are allowed to load old photos of your object too.

May I create a whole river as one object?

There are no restrictions to creating objects, such as rivers, roads, and railway lines. It is up to an author what object he/she will create

  • A whole river or road can be created. This enables to create photodocumentation of the whole course of the river from its spring to the mouth.
  • In addition, other particular points can be created on the river (bridges, flyovers...).

May I load multiple photos?

Yes. All you need to do is to click on the „Load photos“ button and select more photographs :-).

Press:

  • Ctrl key + select photographs with a mouse or
  • Shift key + select photographs with a mouse

Is it possible to find out /set up the size of a photo in the object description?

Yes. If a photo is highlighted and any of its corners is dragged, the lengths of the photo sides will be displayed. You can set up e.g. the same height of loaded photos in this way. The object description (including the processing of photos) is created in the third party editor Tiny MCE.

Is it possible to set the runaround in the editor?

Yes. In order to process object descriptions, we use the product of the 3rd page - TinyMCE. Click on a photo – align to the left or to the right in the editor menu.

Is it possible to enter subcategories of various object categories for an object, e.g. Civil and Natural?

Yes, several subcategories can be entered for an object, even for various main categories of the object. All you need to do is to check the required subcategories.

For instance, Eiffel Tower can be categorised as

  • Natural - geological formation, scenery, panorama
  • Technical - signalling and navigation device

The main category can be selected only once (Natural, Technical…) - according to the main substance of the object. It is because only one icon can be displayed at the object and on the map. The icon is set up according to the selected main category.

I do not want to open a paypal account. Can I pay by bank transfer?

Yes, if you are a spy from the Czech Republic. If a Czech spy contacts us, we can agree individually on the payment by bank transfer.

We wanted to integrate payments by bank transfer to the system. However, it was more complicated and much more expensive than we expected (compared with PayPal). Moreover, the transfer takes 3 days. With PayPal, the transfer is immediate.

What is a locator?

Each object created or secured by you is located in various parts of the world. If you want to see which part of the world or territory you have conquered, we generate a special network of rectangles - locators on the map, which cover the whole world. The locators can be displayed on the map by clicking on the icon

We have been using a geographic system used by amateur radio operators. Maidenhead Locator System. It was devised by Dr. John Morris, G4ANB, and adapted by a group of amateur radio operators meeting in Maidenhead, England, in 1980.

Locators can be normally set up in most of GPS devices as one of the many systems of coordinates.

Maidenhead locators are also commonly known as QTH locators, grid locators or grid squares, despite having a rectangular shape. For more information, go to Wikipedia.

GeoSpy uses two- and six-character locators.

How did GeoSpy originate?

Many wrongs are done all over the world. We have decided to solve this global problem in the form of "he who plays does not have time to be bad!"

First of all, we compiled a list of the skills and qualities for a spy.

Spy

1.Observes and collects information

2.Rates information

3.Submits information

4.He has a good sense of direction in his own and foreign environment

5.He is patient, honest, and courageous

We had been working with these qualities and skills and transformed them into the GeoSpy game. We then designed GeoSpy so that it supports, improves and rates the spy skills.

How should I pronounce the word „geospy“?

Pronounce it as Geo-spy.

What does the word „geospy“ mean?

The GeoSpy term consists of two words: GEO as geography and SPY as a spy.

What object should I choose for my first trip?

All objects are usually easily accessible and their authors normally do not have special requirements.

You can come across objects, which are photographed at night, under water, from a plane, at big heights...

An author of an object can have various requirements.

Consider your capabilities in all cases.

How can I look up objects?

Objects can be looked up according to their position on the map.

You can browse from the menu: Objects > Find on the map.

Objects can be sorted out in the GeoSpy statistics: Files > Objects according to popularity, rating, and date of publication.

Transfer of coordinates to a GPS device

The mode of transferring the co-ordinates to your GPS device may vary according to the type of the device.

Entering the co-ordinates manually.

If your GPS device cannot be connected to a computer, you will have to enter the co-ordinates to the device manually. This process varies according to the type of the device, so read its manual.

Downloading a GPX file.

If your GPS device can be connected to a computer, you can download the object description as a GPX file. GPX files contain the object description and the last 20 messages about securing.

GPX is a universal format. It is used by many programmes of various companies.

Some devices, such as Magellan Triton and Garmin Colorado, support reading of GPX files directly.

How can I find an object and what should I do after I have photographed it?

If you are not sure where an object is located exactly, you cannot find a way to it, you can use a GPS device.

As soon as you arrive to the place, take photos as required by the author. Display the page of the object. Enter a securing message here, including your experience, and load the photos.

If, by coincidence, you have visited the object already before, and if the photo taken meets the author's requirements, you do not have to visit the object. You can enter a securing report immediately, load the photo and state the date when the photo was taken.

What functions are available on the map?

Filtering on the map isavailable only to professional members

  1. showing objects on the map

  2. browsing the list of objects in a plan

  3. Filtering of object categories

    civil

    historical and religious

    natural

    technical

    military

  4. showing on the map

    secured objects

    owned objects

    locators

  5. looking up states, towns, streets,...

  6. sharing a displayed part of the map via hypertext link

  7. displaying a satellite and terrain map

  8. displaying a scale (miles and kilometres)

  9. zooming (in / out) the map by a mouse wheel

Who does create objects?

Members (spies) of the GeoSpy unit create and administer all objects located at GeoSpy.org. You can create an object too!

If I send a new object for approval, how long will it take to approve it?

Each object is checked by the operator before it is published. The operator minds that the object complies with the rules for creating an object. The operator also checks the co-ordinates of the location of the object and its categorisation...

The approving process can take three days, sometimes even more. Sometimes, you may be required to modify the records of the object. Please, be patient and co-operate during the process.

Is an object checked physically by GeoSpy.org or a voluntary before it is approved?

We trust members of the GeoSpy unit that they meet the rules in creating objects and state exact coordinates. If you have found a problem object, please contact directly the owner of the object or us.

What does this icon mean?

secured object or securing message – displayed / hidden / inactive icon

own object - displayed / hidden / inactive icon

secured object or securing message – active / inaccessible

own object - active / inaccessible

displayed / hidden / inactive icon

remove from the plan / add to the plan / inactive icon

object rating

HQ member

professional

note

operator's note

published object

secured object

accessible object

inaccessible object

archived object

the object needs archiving

unarchived object

go to the securing message

go to photodocumentation

go to the rating

What is a GPS device?

A GPS receiver is an electronic device which can determine your position on the Earth with the degree of accuracy of from a few centimetres up to 10 meters. These devices usually provide information about the terrestrial latitude and longitude, which can be used e.g. for the purposes of navigation from one point to another. Depending on the model, a GPS device can also contain maps, built-in compass, voice navigation, etc.

How does GPS work?

Each GPS device is a small computer, which receives the signal from a GPS satellite. In order to determine your position, this device needs to receive the signal from at least three satellites. Then it processes the signal and calculates your position by means of a process called triangulation.

A GPS device receiving the signal from four satellites is able to calculate even more accurate information about your position as well as the altitude and exact time. The more satellites transmit the signal to a GPS device, the more exact the information is.

If I am using a GPS device, can anyone monitor where I am standing right now?

No! GPS devices do not transmit your co-ordinates. Satellites transmit the signal to the Earth and the GPS device receives it, processes it, and calculates your position.

How many photographs can I load into a securing message?

  • basic membership: 1 photo with the resolution of up to 800 x 600 px,
  • professional : max. 5 photos with the resolution of up to 1280 x 960 px.

Does your photo exceed the resolution? Photos are modified automatically during the loading process.

Supported browsers

  • Mozilla FireFox 23, 24, 25
  • Google Chrome 29, 30, 31
  • Opera 16, 17, 18
  • Internet Explorer 9, 10, 11

GPX

GPX (GPS eXchange Format) is an XML scheme designed for common exchange of information for a GPS device and software applications.

It can be used to describe points, tracks, and ways. GPX is available for free to anyone. No licence fees are charged.

WGS 84

WGS World Geodetic Standard 1984. WGS 84 is a globally recognised geodetic standard issued by the United States Department of Defense in 1984. GeoSpy uses this co-ordinate systém in the format DD° MM.mmm (Degrees and minutes - MinDec).

There are many tools for translating WGS 84 to other types of coordinate systems available on the Internet.

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