Just under 3 years ago I reached out to Simon Beaumont and Spencer Baucke suggesting we start a sports & data based community. I’d been following the pair of them on Twitter for some time and admiring their football based visualisations so I reached out and #sportsvizsunday was born!

After 3 years of co-running the initiative I’m stepping down and wanted to write down a few reflections on the pros and cons of being involved in running a data community, as well as some of the reasons for moving on.

Pro: social & networking opportunities

Arguably the biggest pro or running sportsvizsunday was meeting and getting to know both the co-leaders and those that regularly participate in the community. …


James Smith

Founder of SportsChord. Interested in sports analytics and visualization.

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