The OpenTrack Community Group is pleased to announce AthTech (Athletics Technology), a conference aiming at standardising Athletics competition technical management, with a strong focus on data. This two-day conference will be held at the IAAF High-Performance Training Centre in Algarve (Portugal) on October 5-6 2017.
European Athletics is putting efforts on the homogenization of competition data structures, building a common infrastructure that guarantees data interoperability between all stakeholders: regional/national federations, sports clubs, associations, event organisers, media agencies, and the public in general. This conference will serve as the discussion forum to define requirements, look for use cases, and present existing solutions to solve this challenge in sports management.
Standards for Athletics
A standard infrastructure for Athletics data management would enable a common mechanism to gain effectiveness and efficiency in the process of collecting and sharing data on a global scale. Thus we would be able to: federate resources in an automatic way; establish universal identifiers for athletes, clubs, and other entities; access better reports; track competition issues, and records; have centralised up-to-date rankings; create and publish live results; create new services and products on top of the data.
We will discuss the European and global requirements of Athletics management systems to implement a standard to collect, process, publish and share Athletics information (athletes, teams, governing bodies, participation in competitions, results, issues and results, etc.). This event will serve as a forum to search for a common solution built on top of the existing local platforms to share Athletics information in a common way.
Anyone is welcome to AthTech. Athletics federations, clubs and event organisers, as well as open data experts, are invited to present their experiences on competition management (how information is collected during a competition, how entries are registered, how/where results are published, etc.).
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