Cirrus 111208

This week I found links to:
The TL Virtual Cafe’s Open Mic with Joyce Valenza that attracted 138 participants. Gwyneth Jones was the moderator.
Andrew Preater‘s discussion of ethnographies of next-gen catalogue users.
Phillipe Blanchard’s discussion of shared goals for sport.

I expect current sport industry leaders to engage in attempts to master all kinds of data necessary to increase their legitimacy on one hand and become the ultimate storytelling platform for their sport and the other hand.

Phillipe points to a Claire Ritchie observation:

For a modern global sporting event, not having a fully functional communications infrastructure capable of withstanding an invasion of the world’s leading opinion forming sports journalists, legion of tweeting athletes and smartphone addicted spectators is akin to not filling the Aquatics Centre swimming pool with water.

Claire provides an insight into the infrastructure in place to support the London Olympics:

  • WAN, MAN, LAN and TV and broadcast services.
  • 80,000 voice and data outlets, 16,500 fixed telephone lines, 14,000 mobile SIM cards, and 1,000 wireless access points.
  • The London 2012 Games website ready for 12 billion page views.
  • Six Gigabytes of multimedia data every second generated by 14,000 cable TV outlets, 20,000 accredited media personnel, and Live Site screens in UK city centres
  • High demand for data transfer with such things as real time video streaming

The core communications network has:

  • 160Gbps between POPs and 20Gbps delivered to each of the venues.
  • A dedicated communications network for Olympic Broadcaster Services London (OBSL), the host broadcasting organisation for the London 2012 Games.
  • High Definition (HD) images shared with billions of viewers.
  • A massive fibre ring around the Olympic Park in East London, and communications arteries that will reach out as far as Hampden Park in the north, the Millennium Stadium in the west, Weymouth in the south, and Hadleigh Farm in the east – an estimated total of 94 separate competition and non-competition venues throughout the UK.
  • All joined together with enough cable to stretch halfway from Beijing to London.

I listened with interest to Emma Marris‘s discussion of The Rambunctious Garden on Radio National’s Counterpoint program and thought about eco systems and learning.

Humans have changed the landscapes they inhabit since prehistory, and climate change means even the remotest places now bear the fingerprints of humanity. Emma Marris argues convincingly that it is time to look forward and create the “rambunctious garden,” a hybrid of wild nature and human management.

I heard about Nicholas Gruen’s Wellbeing Index via ABC666 and liked the points made about human capital:

One of the nation’s most valuable assets is not its physical assets, like buildings and machinery, but its human capital – the knowledge and knowhow embodied in our people. Education is the key driver of improvements in human capital.

The same ABC666 program brought me news of the canberra lab too.
canberralab is … the actualisation of a latent desire of a group of young architects to establish a discourse within Canberra’s design community. Through building a platform to critique/discuss/discover Canberra’s built environment the CL zine will foster and encourage an exoteric dialogue between architecture, design and art. More than that though, CL is about understanding Canberra… why it is the way it is, what works, what doesn’t …
Interspersed with these items were some great leads from Stephen Downes and OLDaily. I liked his links to sharing and friction, curation and new technology in research in particular.
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