Using data to help people get active


W3C Community

Our goal is to develop technical specifications and best practices that support the use of open and shared data about sports and physical activities.

About Us

The Open Data Institute and the OpenActive community are working together to improve how systems in the sport and physical activity ecosystem connect.

This discussion takes place in our W3C Community Group, where we are developing the standards for opportunity data that will make it easier to publish, find and use. We are at the start of a long term change in the physical activity sector and work in this area is evolving. We welcome you to contribute and join the open conversation by joining our W3C Community Group.

A W3C Community Group is an open forum, without fees, where Web developers and other stakeholders develop specifications, hold discussions, develop test suites, and connect with W3C’s international community of Web experts.

Visit the W3C community group

You can read more about the role of community groups on the W3C website

Community activity

Previous meetings

Upcoming meetings

To find out details of how to join one of our meetings and the agenda, please click “OpenActive Community Hangout” under your preferred date.

Community goals

Our focus

Following conversations with a variety of sport and physical activity organisations, the ODI is currently recommending that the OpenActive W3C Community Group focuses on developing and refining standards for the following three aspects of opportunity data:

Publishing — the way that booking systems and websites can allow data about opportunities to be easily found on the internet in a consistent format that computers understand. A specification is currently in development for this area; to become an early adopter please click here.

Activities — the language used to label the different types of physical activities that are available with a short description of what they involve.

Content fields — specific details about the sessions including location, date and time, difficulty level, age range and cost.

Please join the W3C Community Group to join the discussion.

The publishing specification

Standards evolve from an initial specification, which is considered and agreed amongst a group. There is an initial specification for how to publish opportunity data; for details on how to implement it, visit open your data.

Please note that this specification is in development and will evolve over time. The current draft publishing specification is available on GitHub.

Future of the community

Should I join the W3C community?

Please consider joining the W3C Community Group, whether you build technology in the physical activity sector, have a general interest in it, or have non-technical thoughts on how activities should be described (e.g. categorising activities, or defining what information should be provided to consumers about an activity).

Your contributions will help shape the future of technology that will be used by everyone. Note that the W3C Community Group is part of OpenActive - if you haven’t already please also join OpenActive by contacting us via the “join us” section of this site.

What are standards and why do we need them?

Having data standards in place for physical activity opportunity data means that it can be used by developers and innovators to create new products and services that help get people active.

This just isn’t possible when opportunity data is described in different ways using different formats, for example, different providers might call a “location” a “meeting point”, or might refer to “football” or “soccer”. Once these descriptors have been standardised, and data is openly published, information across the sector can be compared and categorised, making it much more accessible and valuable to developers, and ultimately consumers.