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Monday, April 28, 2014

Welcome to Saber Archive: A community-powered archive for Sabermetric research

Today, I’m happy to share with you a more permanent home for Sabermetric research on the web. This archive is called, simply enough, Saber Archive. The site is now available to the public, in beta.

About a year ago, I was talking with a few friends who make their living off the game. Now, to them, I’m a friendly outsider looking in; a passionate hobbyist. But, one mutual complaint shared time and time again and was the inability to dig up or discover research needed for a piece, a paper, or whatever we were talking about at the time. Too often, research had gone missing — sites were never optimized for searchability or had disappeared entirely, sometimes years ago. In many cases, these, too, were hobbyists or professionals posting research to a much smaller community than today’s with less technology at their disposal. The Cambrian explosion of writing platforms means that impermanence is seemingly becoming less of a problem, but issues in content surfacing and organization remain.

Saber Archive is built to solve the problems of transience and search-blindness in web-based Sabermetric publishing. It was engineered to index and make searchable both content from around the web (e.g., a Fangraphs article on pitcher injuries) and from portable document formats like PDFs, Powerpoint presentations, and Office/OpenOffice (e.g., research papers or presentations given at a SABR meeting). Documents added to the archive are classified with any number of topics relevant to the piece. The archive is community-powered, so anyone may contribute. The most important research, referred to as “Best Of”, is also driven by the community, and is spotlighted in a section of its own.

Thanks to Rob Neyer.

Repoz Posted: April 28, 2014 at 01:01 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, sabermetrics

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   1. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 05:47 PM (#4696126)
Hopefully this will be a nice repository to find links to well researched studies, although at first glance it isn't impressive, way to artsy design of a website to be practical or a destination site(imho).

   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 28, 2014 at 07:15 PM (#4696169)

CFB, did you follow the link to the actual site? The design is pretty clean, not too artsy for me, although maybe it's just that the artsy stuff isn't showing up on my old browser. Anyway, at first glance this is a great idea. My only suggestion would be for a good explanation of how the site is going to function -- i.e. who can submit articles, is there any sort of review before they go up, any sort of moderator, etc.
   3. bjhanke Posted: April 29, 2014 at 03:40 AM (#4696388)
Never is right. This sounds like a VERY good idea; I've run across similar concepts in academia, and they do shorten the search process quite a bit. But, as opposed to academic journals, the process may suffer from what the early Wikipedia did - amateurs, often with axes to grind, submitting or editing entries until they were, well, less than accurate. Wikipedia eventually set up a collection of editors to deal with this. If this baseball site can find the editors, it will be quite a help. If not, it's going to end up being an unreliable repository of serious articles and urban legends. - Brock Hanke
   4. Scott Lange Posted: April 29, 2014 at 07:57 AM (#4696410)
CFB, I think you were looking at the article describing the site, not the Saber Archive site itself.

I think it would be great if the site catches on.

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