Friday, February 03, 2017

... For those who LIVE Orienteering



For those who LIVE Orienteering, International Orienteering Federation has just launched LIVE Orienteering, a replacement and upgrade of the IOF Livecenter which has been used for streaming of live video, GPS tracking and results from IOF major events over the past two and a half years.


“Livecenter has proven that there is a true interest in following major orienteering events. But there has been a need both to upgrade and improve the current toolset represented by Livecenter, and also to enhance the site to become the IOFs future platform for external communication”, explains Tom Hollowel, IOF's Secretary General/CEO, adding that “the development of LIVE Orienteering has been going on for the past few months and we are now ready to launch the new site. The launch is being done just prior to the first IOF major event of 2017, the European Ski Orienteering Championships in Imatra, Finland and we will be following closely the use of the site during the event”, he says.

The long term strategy for LIVE Orienteering is that this will be the primary platform for IOF external communications and orienteering fan engagement, and a portal for orienteering news and discussions”, says Tom Hollowel. In this first version of the site, IOF external news articles are displayed and the site also integrates social media content. Through cooperation with worldofo.com, LIVE Orienteering also displays blog content and news sources from around the orienteering world. The site also integrates advertising opportunities where the income will be used to fund IOF activities. In the calendar it's possible to find events and visit the event’s own page. Links are provided to the Event pages in IOF Eventor and to an own homepage for the event if one exists, and event organisers can display their own sponsors on the event page. “The idea is to have a one-stop portal to find information and follow all IOF major events and we believe this will be a major enhancement for organisers of IOF events”, Hollowel says.

The introduction of LIVE Orienteering also means changes on the IOF homepage - www.orienteering.org. Hollowel says that “Orienteering.org will, in the future, be focused on internal communications and be the repository of all reference materials, for example about the IOF organisation, rules, guidelines, etc. Initially we will publish external articles on both pages but you will certainly notice changes at orienteering.org as the year goes on. We are hoping to be able to simplify the access to the information on orienteering.org in the process.”

Set LIVE Orienteering as a bookmark in your browser and visit every day to see what is happening in the orienteering world.

Joaquim Margarido

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