Work on the Anti-Doping Knowledge Centre database, which can be consulted via the www.doping.nl. website, expanded considerably over the course of 2013.
The aim is for this database become a source of information with an international appeal that experts throughout the world will see as a source of easily accessible doping-related information. The site could also serve as a source with links to information about the different subjects.
It has been decided to do this using the Internet: www.doping.nl. The website will be in English.
It will address a large number of different target groups who all share a basic understanding of the subject, and who are interested in up-to-date doping-related information. They include:
- NADOs and IFs
- other international organisations active in the field of doping (IOC, WADA, Unesco, Council of Europe, European Union)
- journalists, lawyers, scientists, directors, researchers, athletes
- groups associated with athletes: coaches, doctors, physiotherapists.
A number of specific areas are being prioritised for the time being:
- legal (including decisions from the CAS, international disciplinary bodies, national disciplinary bodies, legislation and so on);
- information about substances;
- scientific information (this could include, for example, the full text of copyright-free literature and literature references to scientific literature subject to copyright).
An additional subsidy was obtained, making it possible to appoint two documentalists whose main responsibility will be to collect, input and organise access to data. As a result, it was possible to conduct a major catch-up operation. By late 2013, it was possible to consult and search through more than 1500 documents using the website.
Refining searches using parameters and filters makes it possible to search specifically for the required documents. At present, the majority of the documents available are legal decisions. In the past, the emphasis was on decisions from the international sports tribunal, the CAS, but a large number of legal decisions have now been included from the disciplinary committees of sports federations in other countries and Dutch disciplinary bodies.