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Openactive Activity Data

Do you want more people to enjoy your activities? There is an easy way to advertise your sessions and facilities to a much wider audience, for free. Any finder that uses the OpenActive standard shares data with other providers so we all have the best information together.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation is committed to opening activity data, so it’s as easy to find and book a dance class as a hotel room.

Upload your activities through our site

1. Log in or create an account in our Sportsuite system

2. Add your organisation (or ask to be linked to an existing one)

3. Add your activity

That’s it, you are now on national activity finders along with data from other OpenActive standard  finders like Open Sessions and Playwaze.

Add a Yorkshire Moving widget to your website

Step 1

Add the below script to the <head> portion of the website

<script async src=”https://widget.activityfinder.net/app.js”></script>

Step 2

add the following markup to the part of the page where you want the widget to appear.

<played-activity-widget sub-domain=”yorkshiremoving” main-title= “Yorkshire Moving” sub-title=”Find the activity which suits you” font=”Plus Jakarta Sans” canvas-colour=”#FFF” primary-color=”#5d2c6f” ></played-activity-widget>


Add a YSF club and organisation finder widget to your website

Step 1

Add the below code to the <head> portion of the website

<script type="text/javascript" src="//static.sportsuite.co.uk/js/jquery.widgets.js"></script>

Step 2

add the following code to the part of the page where you want the widget to appear.

<div class="cs-widget" data-id="1212" style="width:auto;"></div>

Common questions

Will customers be able to book our activities through different apps and services once I’ve opened my data?
Our focus is helping organisations like you to publish their timetables and availability. This is the first step in the process, after which we will look at how to establish a seamless booking experience for customers, as in other sectors. Once a critical mass of data has been opened we will be encouraging innovators and data users to create new products and services with this data. .

What sort of things will people build with my data?
There are a wide range of applications for opportunity data. Tools that allow people to find activities in their local area are already starting to appear. There are other use cases that we expect to appear, such as a tool that allows a doctor to prescribe activities to patients. We will be encouraging innovators and developers to cater to a range of different customers and scenarios.

How will people know that I’ve published data?
The OpenActive website lists all the data that is published; developers can then find this data via Google. We are also actively promoting these datasets among the developer and data user community.

What about data quality?
This is part of our future work, though the current focus is on getting data published. We are planning on incorporating national schemes such as ClubMark and CoachMark and local schemes such as CamdenMark.

How do I open my data?
Opening your data is straightforward, although you will need some technical skills. There are step-by-step instructions you can follow on the OpenActive website.

How is OA different to previous initiatives/attempts?
Previous work to open up data in the physical activity sector has focused on creating a single centralised website to help people find sport and fitness opportunities near them. Gathering all the data in one place while also crafting a great experience for the consumer proved too much for a single programme. OpenActive is promoting a decentralised approach. Rather than an activity finder on a single website we are working to build an open market where innovators can build apps, tools and services (including activity finders) using open data. This will allow a broader range of services to appear that can help specific types of users.

How it works

Providers upload data in a standard format so finders can share to referrers and public.

Oped Data Institute

We are also an OpenActive Champion with the ODI, committed to a programme to support people working with data to transform the sport and physical activity sector across the country.

OpenActive is a community-led initiative to support the physical activity sector to share information faster, smarter and more accurately. It helps people to find the right activities for them, and helps organisations reach new customers.

What is in it for me as an activity provider?

  • Get your activities and sessions listed in a wider range of apps and services, letting you reach a broader audience through more channels than before
  • Make it simpler for new or existing customers to find the activities that you run
  • New ways of reaching the more vulnerable groups of people that may struggle to be physically active i.e people with disabilities
  • Find new ways to promote and fill quiet sessions. You could see a 15 to 20% increase.
  • Making your data open means that developers and apps can use it straight away; you don’t need to set up data sharing agreements with individual companies
  • Have your say on the development of the data standards so that they work for you
  • Make sure that you comply with the most recent funding agreements from Sport England.

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