Thomas Technology Solutions, Inc. (ThomasTech) has been awarded a project with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to digitize the NCAA's paper archives of baseball, softball, and outdoor track championship records and develop an online, searchable archive of college sports statistics. ThomasTech is a software and systems integrator that builds content management and publishing solutions for professional publishers, industrial manufacturers, and other organizations.
The records to be digitized are paper documents covering 104 cumulative years of championship games in three NCAA Division I sports - baseball, softball and outdoor track. The historical information spans 21,000 pages and includes statistical data on teams, student-athletes, and scores as well as biographical information on student-athletes.
ThomasTech will standardize and organize the content into a digital archive and will develop a Web-based interface that will enable users to search by year, sport, school, athletics conference, or student-athlete. Users will be able to drill down to individual events, box scores, and student-athlete statistics. Other information contained in the sports archives will be viewable online as scanned images and will be linked to the statistical archive for easy access. Based on the progress during the initial phase, the NCAA plans to expand the digital repository to incorporate results from all championship games in the NCAA's 23 collegiate sports, involving a total of about 200,000 pages of paper documents.