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Policy - BDB Statement of Purpose

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  • Sean Forman
    Peter Kreutzer has done a fantastic job writing up a draft statement of purpose. I would like to get feedback on what people think about it. It alludes to
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 18, 2003
      Peter Kreutzer has done a fantastic job writing up a draft statement of
      purpose. I would like to get feedback on what people think about it.
      It alludes to some licensing issues, so that may be something that we
      need to discuss as well.

      The 2003 stats should be ready for some proofing next week as that is
      the absolute highest priority, but I would like to get some discussion
      on this and after the 2003 stats are done we can go whole hog into the
      changes that have been recommended or provided in the past few months
      (or before).
      Sean Forman

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      Baseball Databank
      Statement of Purpose

      Desktop computers, powerful database programs and the Internet have
      combined to fuel a revolution in baseball research. Legions now scour
      the vast numerical legacy of the sport, finding new ways to look at
      the game and how it has been played. Their efforts have resulted in
      fundamental changes in the ways in which the game is analyzed, and
      increasingly, how it is played on the field.

      At the same time, software developers are slicing and dicing the
      numbers, providing information freshly drawn from history's dusty
      warrens for a market that craves the new, the clever, and the
      useful. But there is a problem. Over the years baseball's numbers, its
      arcane but integral history, have been compiled by a series of
      organizations that didn't always maintain the strictest accuracy, and
      didn't always see to it that mistakes were corrected
      diligently. Errors introduced into the game's historical record years
      ago remain, while other pertinent biographical and performance data
      weren't collected at all.

      The Baseball Databank is dedicated to creating and maintaining a
      comprehensive record of all baseball statistical data in a form that
      makes them useful for researchers and product developers. This
      databank, once it is fully normalized and proofed, will be the
      standard source for those professionals creating new data products. By
      providing this data to the public in a free and open format, the BDB
      hopes to encourage the development of third-party applications,
      including web sites, standalone query tools, games and simulations. Or
      perhaps something completely different. The ultimate purpose is to
      extend our understanding of the game of baseball.

      The Baseball Databank's master file of names will include records for
      all those who have played, coached, managed, umpired or worked as an
      executive for a major league baseball team throughout history, with
      biographical information and a comprehensive set of statistics
      detailing their annual performances at all baseball levels, not
      limited to Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, Negro
      Leagues, Japanese Leagues, Mexican Leagues, NCAA and other worthy and
      significant international leagues. Whenever possible the Baseball
      Databank will also maintain a complete set of records, or allow others
      to link their databases, for all players in all leagues, including
      those who never played at the major league level. The BDB will also
      summarize these individual seasonal totals on a team level, including
      standings and post-season records.

      The Baseball Databank's database will be organized around the concept
      of annual seasons and the BDB will maintain the annual stats. They
      will be available to anyone who agrees to the Baseball Databank
      license. The organization is staffed entirely by a volunteer group of
      interested individuals who have compiled, designed and proofed the
      most complete and accurate record of baseball history in
      existence. The BDB will help people who want to add additional
      elements (like game-by-game records, or pitch-by-pitch accounts) that
      may be of interest to smaller audiences do so. But first and foremost,
      the Baseball Databank is a library of authoritative baseball
      statistics and information maintained in a simple-to-access format for
      information providers and baseball researchers.
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