Geocaching Travel Bug Race Results
Trackables are small items, usually the size of keychains, which have unique serial numbers on them. These items are placed inside geocaches and picked up from geocaches and when this happens, it is logged online. The act of logging a trackable item in a geocache in one location, then picking it up and moving it to a new location to place it produces a set of data for the item which can be viewed to visualize the item’s journey throughout the world. To make things even more interesting, “races” are sometimes performed in which a number of trackables are launched from the same location at the same time with a common goal, such as which one can travel the furthest.
Over the course of 2014, I participated in and tracked the activity of 21 racing trackables through the world. At the conclusion of the race, I performed a number of visualizations, including an SSRS report which provided summary data for all of the racers on their journeys.