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News 2001

April 7, 2002

IOF Interface Standard frozen

During the last month and a half no changes have been necessary to the data standard. It seems that we have reached a point where stability is more important than rapid reaction to new suggestions. The stability is especially needed to give the implementing software vendors time to finish the implementation.

Therefore the standard is now frozen at its current version (2.0.3). This means that there will be no more changes this year. Next winter we will evaluate the standard and the implementation to see what needs to be changed. The timeframe will be:

  • April - October 2002 : Implementation and gaining of experiences from practical use.
  • November - December 2002 : Evaluation and discussion of next version.
  • January 1, 2003 : Next version of the standard is ready.
We hop that especially the World Cup 2002 Result Project will provide valueable experience as this makes heavy use of the standard to collect results from the different World Cup events.

If you are a software developer then we would be very pleased if you would consider using the Data Standard and tell us your experiences with it.

If you otherwise are interested, please take a look at the standards and tell us your meaning. Send your comments to one of the following:


February 24, 2002

Second IOF Interface Standard

As expected the practical experiences with the first standard (version 1.0) made it clear that it was inadequate. Especially two projects initiated the development of the second version:
  • OLA - the Swedish event administration system
  • World Cup 2002 Result Project
The former project is widely known as it has been under way for some years and in fact also was the driving force behind the development of version 1.0.
The latter project was started in the summer 2001 with the task of making a solution for web casting the results from the World Cup events in 2002 through a common web site. For this to succeed it was paramount to have a common exchange format that the different organizers - and their software - could use to send results to the common web server. As a result of this project's initiation the IT Commission asked the World Cup organizers and software developers for their cooperation and at this point nearly all have agreed to participate. This means that the leading software developers have committed themselves to the IOF Interface Standard.

During the last 4 months there has been hectic activity among software developers to specify and implement this standard and the work has not ended yet. But now it has come so far that we feel it safe to make it public.
Also the lack of a message standard, i.e. a standard for the lists to be send between the software elements, that has been missing since the initiation of this project in 1998 has been addressed. Some of the up to 17 different software interfaces that were found in the 1998 Oslo meeting have been included in the standard.

Because of the many major changes - in fact a total rewrite - the new version has been labelled 2.0. A major change is that all the standard elements have been assembled in a single Document Type Declaration (DTD) file.

The most pressing tasks right now is getting practical experience with implementing and using the standard. This will be done during the next few months partly in the Swedish OLA Project and partly in the World Cup Result Project.

If you are a software developer then we would be very pleased if you would consider using the Data Standard and tell us your experiences with it.

If you otherwise are interested, please take a look at the standards and tell us your meaning. Send your comments to one of the following:

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