IASI 2009 Canberra: Day 1 Edward Derse

The title of Edward’s Keynote address to IASI was The Loud Library: Disruption, Media and Social Knowledge
Edward is the Vice President and General Manager, of GameFly Media, GameFly, Inc.

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He introduced his talk about The Loud Library by linking to Clayten Christensen’s (1997) concept discussed in The Innovator’s Dilemma, ‘disruptive innovation’.

Edward noted three stages in disruptive innovation: innocent novelty, overlap, crisis. He exemplified this with the emergence of the digital camera and its implications for photographic film producers. He then discussed the disruptions caused to traditional media: music, television and newspapers.

Edward presented data from the World Internet Project Report (2009) to discuss changes in Internet ecology.

In his discussion of the Music industry Edward noted the emergence of MP3 and MP4 formats and the proliferation of peer-to-peer (P2P) hosting sites. He discussed the emergence of harvesting and digital sales whilst noting the demise of ‘conventional’ music industry sales.

Edward noted the demise of broadcast television primetime viewing in the USA. He observed that people watch TV on their own terms and noted the emergence and success of Hulu, ESPN360 and the impact of iPhone.

In his discussion of newspapers, Edward cited Philip Meyer’s The Vanishing Newspaper. He noted too that the Rocky Mountain News closed after 150 years. The decline in newspaper sales is evident throughout the USA as is the business model upon which the newspapers were founded. The emergence of free and reliable on-line news and user generated media streams have had a profound impact on this model.  Edward noted Twitter’s success in providing immediate news (US Air Flight 1549 as the case in point).

Millennials have developed a different ecology in accessing the media.

Edward moved from the disruption of music, television and newspapers to a discussion of the disruption to the Library, notwithstanding its existing social functions. Edward argued that the Library is a media organisation and is in the information delivery business. The American Library Association (ALA) has noted generational differences in use of the library space.

Despite the disruption to the Library, Edward had a note of hope for IASI. Librarians have the skills to flourish in the digital age: metadata experts, cataloguers, digitisers, reference points, and communicators. Adaptation is required for fundamental change.

Edward urged IASI delegates to:

1. Know the consumer
Digital natives (Born Digital) post 1990: personal computer available for 15 years, Palm Pilot, Napster, Wikipedia, Skye, iPod, Podcasts, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter.

2. Get lost in the cloud. Recognise software as a service. 87% of those under 29 are cloud users.
3. Participate in conversations. There are new ways to interact and communicate. Libraries should be LOUD and an integral part of the conversation business. Libraries should recognise the availability of multiple social networks and the possibility of impacting on the social graph. Examples of these networks are Facebook, LinkedIn MySpace, Bebo, Ning. Twitter. Edward discussed Wikipedia too and encouraged delegated to become part of social graph by adding social knowledge. This is a time for the wisdom of crowds, folksomonies and tags.

In summary, Edward identified important characteristics of adaptation to a new ecology for the library:

  • Live in the cloud
  • Less attachment to physical collections
  • Do not control categorization of knowledge
  • Use social knowledge
  • Lead conversations where they happen
  • Acquire skills specific to social technology
  • Surface data from the deep web
  • Develop your node in the social graph

Edward concluded his keynote presentation with a discussion of sports libraries, conversations and participatory networks.
He exemplified this with referennce to:

The Flickr Commons
YouTube.
Veodia.
Free online resources.
LA84 Foundation.
Amazon.com.
Google Maps API and Google Earth.
Social bookmarking.
Widgets
Netvibes
Skype
Instant Messaging
Newsgator
Ning
Wikipedia
Google’s power and reach.
LinkedIn

Edward’s final observation was that IASI can be an important node in the social graph and a point of light in this new ecology.

IASI 2009 Canberra: Day 1 Welcome

Introduction

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Brennon Dowrick , the Master of Ceremonies, welcomed guests and delegates to the 13th IASI World Congress.

Brennon introduced Brent Espeland, Acting CEO, Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and invited him to make the official welcome address to all congress delegates. Brent welcomed delegates on behalf of the ASC. In his address, Brent identified Sport as a great social movement and encouraged delegates to identify and share sport information that highlighted the colour and richness of the fabric of sport. In his concluding remarks Brent acknowledge the role the NSIC had played in organising the conference and congratulated the NSIC in its work.

Brennon then invited Gretschen Ghent, IASI President, to make her welcome speech on behalf of IASI. Gretschen pointed to the exciting and challenging three days ahead. She thanked the NSIC too for its diligent work in preparing for a memorable three days. She noted the wonderful opportunities presented by the digital changes occurring and the collaborative work required to enable ease of access to, and delivery of, multimedia resources. Gretschen encouraged delegates to explore and debate these issues during the Congress. She exhorted delegates to learn, ask, mingle and socialise!

Brennon Dowrick shared his story as a gymnast scholarship athlete at the Australian Institute of Sport and as Australia’s first Commonwealth Gold medallist in gymnastics as a 19 years ago in Auckland, New Zealand. He illustrated his talk with his pommel horse routine from that event.
Brennon then introduced Edward Derse as the Congress’s first Keynote Address.

Discussing Performance

I have been involved in coaching canoe slalom for the last two months. It is a busy time of the year in Australia when athletes compete for places in Australian teams. I travel to the Penrith Whitewater Stadium twice a week from my home in Mongarlowe. Each visit involves a 600 kilometre round trip and during these trips I listen to Radio National … there are some great programs at 4 a.m. to help focus my attention on the very quiet roads (I missed this program on recommendation and social networks!).

All week I have been musing about the CCK08 wrap held on Tuesday morning (Australia time) and it is fascinating how many other items have attracted my attention this week. I thought I would bring all these strands together in this post to explore some of my interests in performance and the connectedness of people and ideas. My most recent journey on Saturday morning (28 February) was the catalyst. During that journey between Braidwood and Tarago I listened to a fascinating discussion of whistleblowing in the workplace between The National Interest‘s presenter Peter Mares and Labor MP Mark Dreyfus, the chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee. The discussion was framed by this observation “History tells us that there’s usually a high price to be paid for whistle-blowing. Organisations being challenged understandably turn nasty and there have been few protections, even for individuals who act out of a sense of honesty or integrity.”

The next hour from Tarago to Exeter was filled by Music Deli. Many years ago I worked at Dartington College of Arts and became fascinated by ethnomusicology at a time when my interest in ethnography was developing. Saturday morning’s program provided a great stimulus to reflect on those times. In the program there were two studio sessions the first featured the clarinet player Bobby Dimitrievski and his band from Sydney. He talked about his Macedonian musical heritage. In the second session, Italian musician Enrico Noviello sang, played and talked about traditional music from Puglia. I was enraptured by Bobby and Enrico’s discussions of oral tradition in music making. The podcast can be found here.

Early on Tuesday morning I was set for the CCK08 discussions and was keen to be part of the sharing ethos so prevalent in CCK08 and to be involved in the practice of connectedness. Stephen wrote that he was delayed in participating in the Elluminate session by clearing snow at his home, I failed to arrive at all because of Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3 Lulin). Conversations about CCK08 between the thirty-two participants went on without me and I became an asynchronous participant! However, I did see the comet pass over my part of Australia and thought that the once in a thousand years experience was a very important moment for me. (It was interesting to note other networks at work during Lulin’s journey and noted this set of photographs from the Alborz Mountains in Iran.) On reflection CCK08 was that kind of experience for me too.

I have written a number of posts about CCK08 in this blog and most of them are reflections-in-action. I have written some reflections-on-action too. As a result of CCK08 I think and act differently. My understanding of teaching and learning has been transformed and I hope I have a group of friends who will amplify my understanding and practice. My participation in CCK08 was part of a wonderful cosmos of energy, thought and engagement that CCK08 brought.

I have stored many of the resources shared in CCK08. I am storing my photograph of Lulin too!

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I took a series of photographs with a Fuji camera using varying settings. Some of them have no trace of the comet! In retrospect that seems to be some course participants’ experience of CCK08 as they discussed the tools and knowledge required for participation in CCK08. Throughout the course I discovered new ways to communicate and share. I hope that by taking a fallibilist approach to learning I grew my understanding by the on-going inclusion of ideas and tools.

I mentioned earlier that I had been listening to Radio National. It struck me that no one talks about being a lurker of radio channels. I discovered the term ‘lurker’ during CCK08 discussions and note that it reappeared in the Wrap discussions. I have assumed that each of us has a different approach to engagement in learning. I find it hard to use the verb ‘to lurk’ let alone call someone a ‘lurker’. I noted too that there was some discussion about what to call a CCK ‘course’. I have tended to think of courses in a very literal sense. In the sport of canoe slalom participants navigate their way through a series of gates. On natural rivers the flow of the water varies as does the course of the river. Water courses and canoe slalom courses vary enormously even during the same event. I felt very comfortable in CCK08 and like Oh Laura was ‘a glass of water longing for the ocean’. I think the Wrap had some excellent suggestions for CCK09.

What struck me about many of the participants in CCK08 was their polymath interests. Last week there was enormous discussion about another polymath, Gail Trimble. This post attracted my attention on Thursday last week. I read, in particular, that:

The acclaim she has received for her stellar knowledge – “In the cautionary poem by Hilaire Belloc, what was the ‘trick that everyone abhors’, practiced by Rebecca…” to which she correctly answered “slamming doors” – has not been one-way. She has been ridiculed on social networking sites for being too geekily smart and one newspaper this week asked: “Why do so many hate this girl simply for being clever?”

I find it remarkable that a person with such a wonderful knowledge could be viewed as a threat to anyone. It seemed to me that CCK08 was able to celebrate knowing and the introduction of guests amplified the course for me. I am hopeful that CCK09 will develop its use of guests and the explicit role of the external voice that Dave Cormier provided. I am keen to participate in CCK09 and to be part of the evolution of a very special community. Next time around I may be even a participant in Moodle!

Whilst pondering all this I was dipping into Facebook and catching up with friends. One of my friends, Michael Herlihy, has been very active this week and has posted some great videos. (I have posted this about one of his video posts.) Michael posted two videos about sport performance and the videos provide an excellent end to my week of contemplating performance and the connectedness of people and ideas.

CCK08 opened up the enormous possibilities of growing through sharing. I have spent much of my last thirty years in elite sport. In this environment it was assumed that success was based upon secrecy. Michael’s video post about the analysis of Irish sporting performance offers an interesting juxtaposition of the openness and secrecy debate.

Alistair Gray offers this assessment of Ireland’s performance at the Beijing Olympics



This is Pat Hickey‘s response

The Irish Times gives its take on the review of Irish Olympic performance here and provides this brief summary of the key points of the review of performance.

What is exciting for me is that this discussion is a public one. CCK08 has given me enormous confidence to pursue an openness approach to performance that recognises that sharing enables transformation. There have been so many instances this week where the power of sharing is so evident. I see possibilities everywhere. I am excited that they are real opportunities rather than imagined connections.