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Future ECF-Grading of Yorkshire Congresses


Against the background of Jon Griffith giving up data entry after June 2018 (see 2018-03-01YCAExec.htm, item 4), and the fact that a number (albeit decreasing) of Yorkshire congresses will need an alternative route to get their results submitted for ECF grading, I have instituted the following strategy, as a personal initiative which is nothing directly to do with the YCA as such.


I have already initiated the process of becoming an "ECF Grader", the ECF term for a volunteer data-inputter with no actual grading involved!


The ECF doesn't supply grading-data entry software, so everybody has to write their own - or do things manually, which is of course something I try to avoid - called "hard work".  Maybe their "LMS" software will extend to congresses in due course.


Meanwhile, since the Doncaster congress, I've been writing a system whereby I can enter data from such events with the purpose of thence producing an ECF grading-data submission, and/or generating cross-tables and/or round-by-round result reports in the form of webpages which I can upload to my own website and/or pass on to organisers for their own websites.  I'm going down the Excel submission route rather than the text file submission route.  As far as the set-up and result-entry stages are concerned, I'm already testing it to find ways of tweaking the way it works.  (There are configurable options to align with an individual's personal preferences as to how to do things, just in case anyone else ends up using the system.)


Some organisers, e. g. those in Hull, are moving over to running events by computer.  Some programs output ECF grading-data submissions, while some don't.  There will remain a core of events using Swiss pairing cards and proper wallcharts, and these are the ones I have in mind (especially Doncaster).  My system is intended to facilitate entry of results from Swiss cards fast and efficiently (that part is already written), or from round-by-round result sheets (as sometimes appropriate for a club championship, this bit is yet to be written).  The output part of most systems is much more straightforward, and I haven't started that bit, as I'm testing as I go along from start to finish.


Organisers are of course free to prepare their own ECF grading-data submission if they feel able, or engage some other “ECF Grader”, but I felt it desirable to set in place a fall-back option, especially for congresses I’m involved with.


Steve Mann