Euro 2012: Secondary Data Analysis

The Euro 2012 Football Tournament has started.

The event is co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

There is a very detailed website for the Tournament.

As with all major tournaments the website offers opportunities for detailed secondary data analysis.

These include:

The website includes a Castrol EDGE Index. This index charts “a player’s every pass, save, shot and tackle to measure the impact of such actions on their side’s ability to score or concede a goal”. “A team of Castrol Performance Analysts will crunch all of the data to award each player a match score out of ten. ”

There are some interesting visualisations on the website. I liked the interactive tournament map.

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Mecz otwarcia Euro 2012

Secondary Data Analysis and Curation: A Presentation at #IACSS2011

Last week I had an opportunity to make an oral presentation at the Eighth International Symposium of Computer Science in Sport in Shanghai.

I was keen to explore the potential of secondary data analysis that draws upon the increasingly rich data provided by websites supporting sporting events.

I used data drawn from the 2011 Asia Football Cup to discuss issues around the creation and curation of content. I noted some of the responsibilities associated with produsing web based resources.

This is a brief SlideCast of my presentation.

Opta Data as a Secondary Data Source

I have written a number of posts about the availability of web sites that provide secondary data to analyse performance in sport.

I have another source to share.

Earlier this week Sachin Nakrani of the Guardian UK posted a story about Opta.

Opta was formed in 1996 “by a group of friends who used to log match statistics while watching play unfold at their local pub”. Sachin reports that:

the company is now global, collecting data on 30 sports across 70 countries from their nine offices in Europe, the United States and Australia. The hub of the operation is in London, with Opta’s head office, located in spitting distance of Waterloo station, a hive of activity and anticipation for the new Premier League season. Once again it will be they who stock newspaper, radio and television coverage of top-flight fixtures with statistics, covering everything from goals scored to total flick-ons made by the losing team’s centre-forward.

The company offers Data Scout and Video Scout services. The Video Scout service draws on the 25,000 video record’s in the company’s archive.

I like Opta’s tag line:

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Data Centre