Student Work

  • Design and Technology (MFA)

    Liz Rutledge

    dataCoach: Data Collection and Visualization Tools for the Non-Professional Sports Community

    Sports represent the convergence of practiced skill, physical effort, and data. Yet while the larger field of data visualization is experiencing unprecedented growth, the commonly available set of tools for collecting, visualizing, and analyzing game data for the majority of the wider sports community remains limited. In order to narrow this gap, dataCoach provides non-professional athletes with some of the same tools as their professional counterparts through a focused system of easy-to-use, cloud-based tools for the mobile collection, visualization, and analysis of sports statistics in real time.

    The purpose of the dataCoach system is threefold: 1) to facilitate and encourage the collection of data; 2) to enhance traditional game statistics by tagging each piece of data with the location and time at which it was recorded; and 3) to enable deeper comprehension of the data through visual exploration of the preserved cause and effect relationships.