O2CM

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Joe, May 20, 2008.

  1. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    For one thing, there's the bogus rule about being required to use O2CM...
     
  2. Ithink

    Ithink Active Member

    NJ Classic comps never use O2CM and yet they've been run as NQEs... Not sure it's an across-the-board requirement...
     
  3. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    At the end of 2007, a national USA Dance official informed me that USA Dance required all regional competitions to use O2CM. That was one of the reasons the Fort Wayne chapter chose to use O2CM for its first competition this July -- it had aspirations of hosting a regional and wanted to become familiar with the required software.

    Now that "regionals" have been replaced with "NQEs" I haven't seen or heard anything regarding whether USA Dance will require all NQEs to use O2CM.

    But then, the national official to whom I refer above admitted at the time that USA Dance had done little to inform people of its decision to require O2CM for regionals. Apparently such decisions are made in committee meetings and reflected in meeting minutes, but often not elsewhere. And the minutes are not readily available to people who are not members of the committee.
     
  4. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Yes, because Wendi has gotten waivers. The use of O2CM for NQEs is in the rulebook.
     
  5. White Chacha

    White Chacha Active Member

    On the face of it, it doesn't seem unreasonable that all the USAD sanctioned regionals be calculated and listed by the same software. It ensures a uniform set of displayed results, generated with similar circumstances.

    What are the downsides?
     
  6. avab

    avab New Member

    Major downside, and I'm the first to admit it, is that only Mark and I can fully run the system at this point. However, it is very possible to run o2cm without pdas in a similar manner to compmanager.

    Wendi's exception is based on her assurances that she will provide results in a format which is compatible with o2cm.

    Anyone want to train in o2cm?
     
  7. Ballroom Dru

    Ballroom Dru New Member

    Ouch, yeah, that makes things more difficult. Do yuo thinkt hey would let this go if compmanager and compinabox gave there results in a format compatible with o2cm?
     
  8. Chris Stratton

    Chris Stratton New Member

    The right way to do it is to specify the reporting format in an appendix to the rulebook. Establishing a common format will also be important given the new need to officially import results from NDCA comps.

    Even if it's the format o2cm currently uses, that's fine. But it should be specified by description, not "whatever o2cm does"... (which for example is the problem with microsoft's phony ISO standard)

    I've written custom per-competition translators from compmngr to other formats in the past - it's not bad if you know what you are going to; and a lot easier if what you are coming from is you own software, as opposed to whatever you found on the disk the scruitineer left behind.
     
  9. Mandicraft

    Mandicraft Active Member

    I would love to!
     
  10. guille_bdancer

    guille_bdancer New Member

    Yes I do... PM me for details. I'm already studying for the scrutineer test.
     
  11. kimV6

    kimV6 New Member

    there's a scrutineer test?
     
  12. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    Joe is, of course, correct. I see the reference now in 5.1.2.4i

    This is an improvement over the 2007 rulebook (v12), which did not mention O2CM as a requirement for regionals despite the fact that a de facto requirement existed.
     
  13. Laura

    Laura New Member

    Yep! Anyone who wants to be a registered (with the NDCA) scrutineer has to pass it.
     
  14. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    If results reporting is the only reason USA Dance requires O2CM for NQEs, I quite agree. Publishing a detailed standard for such reports would give the other software packages a far chance.
     
  15. Indiana_Jay

    Indiana_Jay Active Member

    This is exactly what the Fort Wayne chapter is doing for its first competition in July, with an exception. Because it has a member who has the ability to set up a WIFI network, it will use a PDA for on-deck, but not for judging (too many PDAs to acquire). The chapter also plans to network the registrar, scrutineer, and possibly a couple other computers on site.
     
  16. avab

    avab New Member

    Guys, I understand your ideas about establishing a reporting protocol. Keep in mind that I am not the software developer for o2cm, nor am I the rules committee for USA Dance who said first you must use compmanager and now you must use o2cm. I lobbied for Wendi being able to use any program she desired as long as I don't have to spend hours taking the information and converting it into a usable format for me.

    I bring your valid points to the attention of the rest of the DSC at our next meeting that I can attend. The actual next meeting is while I'm in Blackpool, so I don't think I'll be phoning in!

    Those of you who are interested in learning o2cm, please pm me with your emails and I'll starting a group training thing via email. Could be fun, and it's certainly important for more people to be conversant with the software.

    Thanks!
     
  17. NielsenE

    NielsenE Active Member

    I strongly disagree that USAD should dictate the choice of scrutineering software for their events. I feel that that was a mistake caused by having the author of O2CM on the USAD board.

    USAD should
    a) establish a standardized test for certifying scrutineering software as "correct" implementation of the skating system.
    b) establish a standardized format for reporting results to USAD's point tracking system

    (At present neither USAD nor NDCA tracks point a... people have hedged my seeing if their software would pass the exam, however its impossible to actually have the computer take the exam as written)
     
  18. avab

    avab New Member

    I am in fact tracking points, as of Nationals.
     
  19. NielsenE

    NielsenE Active Member

    Sorry, avab, my point wasn't clear. I said neither NDCA nor USAD tracks my "point a" -- ie there is no official process for certifying scrutineering software. Their is the NDCA exam which certifies a human who takes the test, but there is no official or formal process for "qualifying" or certifying scurtineering software.

    My point b was implicitly saying that I'm aware that USAD is now tracking points, but they are only accepting points form O2CM...
     
  20. avab

    avab New Member

    I am tracking points, and I accept points from any conceivable scrutineering system, not just o2cm. It is easier from o2cm, but not impossible from other sources.

    Every system that is accepted by the NDCA is carefully vetted by the scrutineering committee for correct results in accordance to the skating system. As of right now, compmanager is the only NDCA approved computer system, although it is only one of three currently on my computer.
     

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