Ranger Fox Posted August 29, 2013 Share Posted August 29, 2013 I’d like to introduce everyone to what I’ve previously code named “Project Foundation”. I know everyone has been curious and I thank you for your patience. The Wherigo Foundation The Wherigo Foundation (WF) is a group I created with most of the independent Wherigo application developers, both past and present. The foundation’s goal is for Wherigo developers to come together and focus their efforts so we can work on improving and developing Wherigo. In the short term, that means better tools: player, API (so the player can download cartridges just as easily as the geocaching app downloads caches), and (because of the API) an updated site. I estimate this work will take two years beyond the first release. After that, we get to turn to what I’ve always considered my goal: Wherigo as a platform (referred to by me as Wherigo v2.0). Groundspeak As you all know, Wherigo is Groundspeak’s intellectual property (IP): they own the patents, trademarks, domain, etc. I’ve been working with Groundspeak to license their IP to make this official. However, the process is taking longer than anticipated and we all understand that success is not guaranteed. Considering what I would like to do with Wherigo (v2.0 will be drastically different from the static screen you know today), making sure everything is legally above-board is an extremely good idea. In return, I would hope to gain access to their site’s database so I can migrate all cartridges and logs to the new site. Also, I would hope to obtain some of the specification documents and Wherigo Player core so the foundation’s members won’t have to rely fully on reverse engineering everything as everyone has done in the past. There are a lot of advantages in trying to partner with Groundspeak on this endeavor. This sort of licensing is new for Groundspeak as no one has approached them to license their IP in such a way before. Partnering this way would give the foundation legal (and some financial) backing and Groundspeak some much-needed control over their own product. There are a lot of options and questions about how best to proceed so everyone, the community especially, is happy. What to Expect The Wherigo Foundation is still some time away from finishing the player (Q1 2014, perhaps; those working on the player will be able to give a better estimate). The site and API (both my responsibility) won’t be needed until we have a player that can utilize them. I wanted to use this time as a period to get comments on the things we have made significant progress on. However, it would be a better idea to finish the IP licensing work before continuing with further announcements because that will determine what course this will take as well as the branding and general site design. As I’ve mentioned, October is an extremely busy time for me, so I might have to pick this up in November if something can’t be worked out by then. So, now, you know a lot is on the horizon. The developers are organizing, we are discussing options with Groundspeak, and hopefully we can reach some sort of arrangement and I can finally kill that “Is Wherigo Dead?” thread. That’s what this is all about, right? Killing one forum thread the circuitous way? Quote Link to comment
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