Insights for #UCSIA16 from Bill


I use! as a way to aggregate news each day about activities that interest me.

I curate some of the links with the #UCSIA16 tag.

This is one I posted today

Bill shares eight lessons on “how to use data analytics effectively to improve performance”.

  1. Analytics must always be decision-driven not data-led or technique-led.
  2. Analytics can only be effective in organisations with an evidence-based culture.
  3. Analytics should result in data reduction rather than adding to data overload.
  4. Data analysis is a signal-extraction process.
  5. The most important data are the expert data created within an organisation.
  6. Analytics is not all about big data.
  7. Analytics is mostly exploratory and explanatory, seldom predictive.
  8. Effective analysts are humble servants who respect the experience and expertise of the end-users.

I am delighted Bill has shared these insights. I like the humility dimension of number 8 on this list. His list provide an excellent guide for students following the #UCSIA16 WikiEducator course.

They are particularly helpful in the capstone topic for the course.

Photo Credit

Des Frawley, Athletics Carnival, Brisbane, 1952 (State Library of Queensland, no known copyright restrictions)

Charles, Rivers of Wisdom, Notation and Animation


Ever since my conversation with Charles Reep at his home in 1996, I have been thinking about the fate of his real-time hand notation of the 1958 World Cup final that he transposed subsequently onto a roll of wallpaper.

My discovery of the twelfth century painting by Zhang Zeduan of Along the River During the Qingming Festival has sent me off thinking about Charles’ record of the game. Zhang Zeduan’s painting has survived despite the turmoils that have impacted on Chinese life for a millenium.

This picture was painted on a hand scroll of light-colored silk. The scroll is 24.8cm x 528.7cm and depicts 814 humans, 28 boats, 60 animals, 30 buildings, 20 vehicles, 9 sedan chairs and 170 trees.

The picture became the subject of a most remarkable animation by Chrystal CG. The project took two years to complete and the outcome was thirty times larger than the original scroll. Although the original picture is a daytime picture, Chrystal CG created a nighttime picture too. Their animation cycles between day and night in a four minute loop.

Gizmag says of the animation:

During the daylight scene, 691 characters go about their business. They are so detailed their facial expressions can be seen changing as a team of camels walks slowly by, or as they go about the task of taking down the masts of their vessel as they sail along the river. Then at night, lanterns and candles come alight for the 377 characters visible in the nighttime scene. As an example of the attention to detail, the creative team used more than 10 kinds of lanterns because historical records show that they varied in size and shape according to where they were hung – be it the gates of homes, government offices, stores or other places.

All of which got me thinking about how we might animate Charles’ picture of 1958. I realise now that I have been inappropriately Eurocentric in my suggestion that Charles’ wallpaper roll had the status of the Bayeux Tapestry. The animation of the picture of the river during the Quindong festival is called River of Freedom. It would be fascinating to think how Charles’ hand notation might be animated by Crystal CG.

I wonder how a young Pele would appear in such an animation.

This is what the River of Wisdom looks like:


Photo Credit

Along the River During the Qingming Festival  (Gizmag)

Evolving Learning Spaces @UniCanberra

Back in 2010, I wrote about design changes to the spaces available for learners at the University of Canberra.

I was reflecting on my posts today as I saw how the spaces were being used now.

I visit the University each Wednesday and so have a time-lapse view of changes to the learning spaces.

Today, there are new additions … play stations:


The coffee shop offers convivial conversation:


I liked the way one of the walls was used for a paper exhibition of a wayfinding study at the University:


The display has been up for some time but I think it is an excellent way to share the transparency of the response to a wayfinding brief:


Back in 2010, I was expressing my hopes that the Commons spaces would be used in a variety of ways as people became accustomed to the freedom the spaces offered.

I was delighted that the conversations around the play station spaces seemed to reflect the kind of conversations I would have had over pinball in the 1970s.

I am pleased that the Commons are vibrant places and that coffee is at the heart of this.