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SABR member Matt Dennewitz launches sabermetrics archive website

From SABR member Matt Dennewitz at Medium.com on April 28, 2014:

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.

The site is now open for everyone. Being a community-powered archive, it needs users like you to fill it with the best research from the history of baseball. Contribute away, and help Saber Archive preserve Sabermetrics’ rich history.

To view the Saber Archive, visit SaberArchive.com.

Related link: Want to know more about sabermetrics but don't know where to start? Check out our Guide to Sabermetric Research

This page was last updated April 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm MST.

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