Which birthday present do you want World of O to get for its 21st birthday? A new front page which is responsive and works on mobile and tablets? An improved 2DRerun front page which works well on mobile? A fully working events.worldofo.com? An official and fully working version of WoOSplits? Strava-integration in 2DRerun?
World of O turns 21 today – quite an age for a website – and still going strong! To put it into perspective: Google is not even 18 years old – the internet is 24. Going from 5000 page views in 1995 to millions of page views in 2015 alone, World of O has gone a long way! From the first small trials until today: World of O has all the time been driven by my personal interest to know about what happens in the orienteering world.
Please add a comment, send me a message to help me decide which feature to give World of O for its birthday!
More about the birthday present and how you can influence it below – but first some history.
Working version from the 90’s & from around 2005
What is now known as World of O was live from January 24th 1995 (see snapshot above from 1996). The original version of World of O was a linkdatabase, orienteering map database and email address database which was updated “by hand”. In 1996 some forms were added to make it possible for people to add links and email addresses by themselves. I will not repeat all of the history here – but you can see some snapshots through the history of World of O from 1995 until today here. See also:
- A working version of World of O from around 1995-1997 (Note! Most links are dead!)
- A working version of World of O from around as it was between 1998-2005 (Note! Most links are dead!)
Birthday present for the 21st birthday: New/improved feature
Turning 21 is a big thing, and therefore a proper birthday present needs to be prepared. I have got a lot of ideas and half baked solutions which I use actively myself, but which are not ready for prime time. World of O’s birthday present will be full focus on finishing one of the features described below. Please add a comment, send me a message to help me decide which feature to give World of O for its birthday!
Alternative birthday presents:
- A new front page which is responsive and works on mobile and tablets. While more and more of the Internet traffic is based on mobile phone and tablet, the World of O front page is not the most user friendly from a mobile phone or a tablet. I have done some attempts on mobile versions, for example this responsive version which works on mobile, tablets and desktop and this mobile only version. I have not been happy enough with them to put in all the work to a full version yet, but maybe a full, responsive World of O front page could be a good birthday present for World of O?
- An improved 2DRerun front page which works well on mobile. While the analysis part of 2DRerun gets updates monthly or even weekly, the 2DRerun front page is stuck in the web technology from several years ago. Not very user friendly, and difficult to find what you are looking for. I have done quite some work on a new responsive version which works a lot better in many respects (and this test version is the version I use personally and which some of my contacts use), but it has been difficult to find time to prioritize getting it finished for the regular user. Maybe a new 2DRerun front page could be a good birthday present for World of O?
- A fully working events.worldofo.com. The World of O Calendar (cal.worldofo.com) is a good, international event calendar, but (1) it lacks links to results and (2) only events added manually by event organizers is added. To solve both (1) and (2), I set up events.worldofo.com several years ago. This page is still only a test site which lacks many features, and the link has never been officially posted anywhere. I use it a lot personally when looking for events, maps, results and pre-race preparations – this concept has a lot of potential. Maybe a fully working events.worldofo.com could be a good birthday present for World of O?
- An official and fully working version of WoOSplits. If you have been reading analysis articles at World of O the last years, you have surely seen a new type of splits analysis illustrations. These are made using a web-based splits analysis tool, WoOSplits, which gives you an automatic text-based analysis of the race among a lot of other features. The link to WoOSplits has never been officially posted anywhere, and there are also some errors occuring now and then, so it is not up to prime time, and no support whatsoever is given. Still, I use it A LOT personally when doing competition analysis. Maybe an official version of WoOSplits could be a good birthday present for World of O?
- SPAS for all – a possibility for everybody to set up SPAS events. SPAS is an analysis tool for sprint orienteering analysis which gives in-depth analysis from sprint orienteering – more than I’ve seen possible with any other tool. For now only I can set up a SPAS analysis personally, but I’ve been considering taking it another step and making it possible for everybody to set up a SPAS analysis from races and training. Maybe SPAS for all could be a good birthday present for World of O?
- Personalization of 2DRerun and omaps.worldofo.com. There are lots of interesting maps coming into omaps.worldofo.com and 2DRerun every day, but it is difficult to detect the ones you are really interested in. I’ve made a proof-of-concept log-in based solution for omaps.worldofo.com where you can tag certain areas and users/map archives which you “follow”, and thus get targeted information each time you visit the site. Maybe Personalization of 2DRerun and omaps.worldofo.com could be a good birthday present for World of O?
- Strava-integration in 2DRerun – (semi)automatic upload from Strava. Many orienteers use Strava to upload their routes from trainings and events (or Garmin Connect/Polar Flow – but there is an automatic upload functionality from Garmin Connect and Polar Flow to Strava). I have made proof-of-concept “upload of GPS-routes from Strava to 2DRerun” where you connect your Strava account with 2DRerun, and where you could either automatically upload all routes with orienteering in their title/description or upload with one click when logged into 2DRerun. Fast, easy, convenient. Maybe Strava-integration in 2DRerun could be a good birthday present for World of O?
- Events.worldofo.com/Leaderboards setup for control-less races using Garmin (Connect IQ). As I’ve said before, I think a certain percentage of (smaller) competitions in the future (3 years? 5 year? 10 year?) will be run without controls in the forest. Now Garmin’s GPS-watches (from Forerunner 920 XT and onwards) have a programming language (Connect IQ) built-in which makes it relatively easy to make a watch app which can be used for this purpose (I’ve done early testing). E.g. press the lap button when you think you are at the control. If you are too far away, you must wait 30 seconds until you are allowed to try next time. A watch app combined with an improved version of Leaderboards could be a first real step on the way to control-less races. Maybe a setup for control-less races using Garmin (Connect IQ) could be a good birthday present for World of O?
From my point of view any of these features would be a nice birthday present for World of O. There is however not time to give full focus to all of them – but with your help to choose, I’d like to give World of O one of these – focusing all of my WorldofO development-time on this feature until it is ready for prime time.
Which should I choose? Please add a comment below, below this message at WoO’s Facebook page, or send a message!