Australian Sport Thesaurus online as an open data resource

The Australian Sports Commission has made available the Australian Sport Thesaurus in xml format as an open data initiative to assist the sporting community.  

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(The Thesaurus is hosted by data.gov.au, a site “to encourage public access to and reuse of public data”.)

The Thesaurus is an accumulation of over 15,000 terms covering concepts and objects related to sport and sporting organisations with a strong emphasis on Australian sport. It aims to reduce ambiguity in sporting terminology by providing authorised terms for every sport and sporting activity.

The Australian Sports Thesaurus seeks to provide clarity and assistance to the sport community by:

  • ensuring consistency of understanding and usage of sport terminology in documentary, legal and commercial discussions;
  • enabling improved system and database interoperability and reporting;
  • facilitating search and retrieval of information from sport information systems;
  • facilitating the defining of sport data for Data Dictionaries.

This is an evolving project and not all definitions have been verified and the Australian Sports Commission is seeking input from the sporting community to improve this product. While at this stage it is called a Thesaurus, in the longer term it is hoped that the product becomes a sports metadata register for the purpose of creating data standards for data exchange and interoperability.

The Thesaurus is provided on a Creative Commons Licence (CC BY-SA 3.0 AU) that allows all users to copy and use the resource so that they may integrate or adapt the terminology into their own organisations and systems.

Edgar Crook, Assistant Director, IT Governance and Compliance, Office of the CIO Digital Information Management & Technology at the Sports Commission is the point of contact for enquiries about this exciting open data initiative.

Photo Credits

AIS Swim Hall, Bruce, ACT, under construction (1982) (ArchivesACT, CC BY-NC 2.0)

No limits (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)

A Flush of Openness around and at #AUSPIN16

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Introduction

I was delighted to attend the AUSPIN Conference in Canberra on Tuesday.

I had the opportunity to share some ideas about open educational resources. It was a brief presentation just before lunch.

The process of sharing the presentation led to some interesting exchanges on Twitter.

Before I discuss these exchanges and where they took me, I would like to note how I prepared my presentation.

Creating an Open Resource

I was keen to share my presentation in advance of the AUSPIN meeting. The steps I took were:

  1. Google Slides with my preferred presentation format of Simple Light.
  2. Search for Creative Commons images on Flickr.
  3. Use minimal text with hyperlinks to all materials shared.
  4. Confirm the presentation (unless otherwise indicated) as a CC BY 4.0 license.
  5. Ensure that anyone on the internet can find a view the presentation. (Link)
  6. Blog about the presentation on Clyde Street.
  7. News of blog post defaults to Facebook (I have not been using LinkedIn).
  8. Tweet about the post and presentation using #AUSPIN16.
  9. Add an Audacity recording as a brief audio statement in the Clyde Street blog post (and use LAME add on for .mp3 files).
  10. Use Ogg Vorbis Audio File (.ogg) and MP3 (mp3) audio formats. Share files through DropBox (.ogg) (.mp3).
  11. Confirm that Conference attendees had received an email alert from the organiser to the presentation link on Google Slides.

I find it fascinating just how many different platforms can be used to create a resource. Each of us makes choices about the platforms we use. My choices reflect my experiences. Some time ago, I did use Garage Band to record all my audio files but I now feel much happier using Audacity with a USB microphone rather than my Mac’s internal microphone.

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Sharing on Twitter

This was an early announcement about the presentation:

On the morning of the presentation, I tweeted this:

In late night England, Simon Nainby, and Sporticus started discussing open educational resources.

Jonbrim joined in:

and then the follow up conversation

The next day, Mark Upton shared this link:

This enabled me to follow up to find this workshop:

In twenty-four hours, these exchanges had created a micro-community that then went about other business.

I felt like this:

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As with open educational resources, this pole vaulter has no limits … there is no bar in this sculpture, just the sky.

Asynchronous and Synchronous Sharing

My aim in this post has been to make explicit my process in creating an open educational resource. Twitter allows us to cross time zones and occupational cultures. News of my presentation started a flush of conversation that spanned hemispheres and was asynchronous.

My physical presentation at AUSPIN gave a synchronous opportunity to share and discuss ideas with structured attention.

The delightful experience of a connectivist world was that a presentation about openness took me to Canberra, England and San Diego in the time constrained only by my access to bandwidth and a reliable car.

Photo Credits

AUSPIN Meeting and Pole Vaulter (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)

Presenting at AUSPIN 2016 (Edgar Crook, CC BY 4.0)

@tonynaar at #IASI14 and #AUSPIN14

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The Australian Institute of Sport hosted Day 2 of the annual meetings of the International Association for Sports Information (IASI) and the Australasian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN).

One of the final presentations of the day was by Tony Naar.

Tony has the delightful title of General Manager Knowledge Services at the Australian Paralympic Committee.

Tony provided a case study of the Australian Paralympic Committee’s partnership with the NSIC Clearinghouse for Sport.

Whenever I hear Tony speak I am struck by his inspirational views on knowledge gathering and sharing.

His work is a benchmark standard for information services in national (and global) sporting organisations.

A great way to end two days of discussions about collaborative activity in Sport Information Services.