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Rob Bartel
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Something that came up in another thread about reprints was the idea of being able to track and graph historical data within the BGG database. Is historical data even being stored somewhere is everything a snapshot of the current moment?

Some possible uses:
* What are the sales curves for a given game (as tracked by registered owners)?
* How have the ratings and rankings of different games changed over time?
* How has BGG itself grown over time (number of gameIDs, number of users)?
* Are we truly in a board games renaissance? Are more games being release now than previously?
* Are those games selling more copies overall? Is the proliferation of smaller publishers siphoning sales away from the larger ones or is the pie growing to make room for everyone?

While the data on BGG can't answer a lot of those questions directly, I think it could provide some valuable insights into the broader trends occurring within our hobby.

Would this sort of historical data and trendspotting be of any use to others?
 
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Look in here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/13402
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/13512

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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/13452

Found via http://www.archive.org/web/web.php
 
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dipdragon wrote:
I would dearly love to have access to the database as there are so many data points that you could churn out interesting list after interesting list - but it isn't going to happen, sadly, as the information is too valuable to BGG to allow unfettered access.


Are you sure this is the reason? Maybe you've got some information I don't, but it seems more likely that it's just because it'd be a lot of work to provide access to this info (in a way that wouldn't compromise the stability/security of the site) and it isn't a high priority.
 
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Also, having made similar requests of other data-driven sites in the past, some simply don't retain that info. Tracking the data history on a site of this scale would admittedly take a lot of storage and processing power, as well as the right type of database structure. If any of the BGG Admins and resident tech-heads could chime in on this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the History of BGG links, by the way!
 
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