Research Project Title: Geocaching Behaviors and Routines
Ethics Application Number: 2012s0605

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Carman Neustaedter, SIAT, Simon Fraser University

The Simon Fraser University Research Ethics Board has approved this research study.

This consent form, a copy of which is made available to you, is part of the process of informed consent. It should give you the basic idea of what the research is about and what your participation will involve. If you would like more detail about something mentioned here, or information not included here, you should feel free to ask the investigator(s). Please take the time to read this carefully and to understand the information.

The purpose of this research is to investigate players' routines, actions, and motivations within the game of Geocaching to better understand how to design scalable location-based games more broadly.

Participant Recruitment and Selection:
You must be over 18 years of age and have found at least one geocache.

Study Method:
You will be asked to complete a short online survey that asks you questions about geocaching activities for searching and hiding geocaches, motivations for geocaching, the types of geocaches you have hidden and found, etc.

Benefits and Risks:
Participants will not benefit directly by participating in the study though they will contribute to broader scientific knowledge and understand. The risks of the study are expected to be none or minimal as all questions are about mundane details about one's geocaching activities.

Data Collection
Data will be collected in the form of survey responses. All data will be kept anonymous as participants will not be required to enter any personal identifying information. Data will be stored on a secure SFU server and kept for three years or until the study analysis is completed. At this point, it will be permanently destroyed.

If you have any concerns about the way you've been treated as a participant or concerns with the research project, please contact Dr. Dina Shafey, Associate Director, Office of Research Ethics at: or 778-782-9631.

Acceptance of this Form:
Your acceptance of this form indicates that you 1) understand to your satisfaction the information provided to you about your participation in this research project, and 2) agree to participate as a research subject. In no way does this waive your legal rights nor release the investigators, sponsors, or involved institutions from their legal and professional responsibilities. You are free to withdraw from this research project at any time. You should feel free to ask for clarification or new information throughout your participation.

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