We have a project that tracks the spread of the zombie plague as if the vector were geocaching http://www.finditlogitspreadit.info. This is accomplished by tracking the geolocations visited by zombie travel bugs (ZTB) that we release. Currently, the update process is manual:
1 - Log onto Groundspeak and look at our trackables
2- Sort the resulting list by "last log"
3 - Move "backward in time" page by page to the date of the last update we did
4 - Starting there, visit every ZTBs page and hand count the places it has been since the last time we updated
5 - Work this process forward until we have counted every ZTB that has moved since the last update
6 - Manually add up all the counts.
As you might imagine, this is a time consuming and laborious process, as we currently have 280 ZTBs released. We would like to be able to automate the process with a tool that queries Groundspeak's site for the applicable ZTBs, and returns a list/count/report that shows all locations visited (ideally down to the state, or first governmental division level), and the number of visits in each of those locations, since a specifically determined date. Also, the number of total locations visited, and total number of ZTBs that moved. We do not have access to Groundspeak's API, so we are hoping that a tool implemented through Project-GC, which does have access to the API might be possible. It seems like Project-GC already has the ability to sort caches by location/country/governmewt administrative divisions, so if one has the data for a trackable, the same process should be possible.
We would welcome any thoughts that anyone has that would help to automate our process.