Bicycle Journey Data

I have spent much of the day compiling a bicycle data resource.

I am hopeful this will be a helpful micro-content resource for the OERu course Sport Informatics and Analytics.

Some time ago we used New York Citi Bike data as a practice for creating a neural network in R. I am keen to revisit this work and today’s research has been part of the project.

The new content includes:

I do think these data will be of interest for generic and domain specific data science activities. I found a 2014 paper by Jake Vandeplas a good place to start. He writes “this post is as much about how to work with data as it is about what we learn from the data” (original emphases).

Photo Credits

The Bicycle November Project 10 & 11 (Mike Logsdon)

Connecting with sport at the crossroads of the world

This morning was one of those delightful, connecting mornings.

We have had really good overnight rain in Braidwood. The air is cool … and my ADSL connection is working.

I am usually up at 6am and ready to discover the treasure trove that is my online personal learning network.

Each morning, I find myself at the crossroads of the world on a quiet street in rural New South Wales. The ADSL connection is important as I can access a stable internet connection without any latency. This was not the case when I lived out in the country, too far from a telephone exchange to give a hard wired connection point. Connecting there was an act of hope and of profound patience.

This morning’s treasures included:

  • Messages from coaches in Europe and Australia.
  • An exchange about mixed methods research and the place of qualitative observation.
  • An email from a friend in England about ‘tough love’ in open online course design.
  • News of the start of an open online course on Sports Performance Analysis.
  • News of Stephen Downes’ latest online course Connectivism and Learning.

This blog emerged from the impetus given to me by an open online course in 2008, Connectivism and Connective Knowledge. It started my engagement with Twitter too.

Back then Clyde Street Mongarlowe, was at the crossroads of the world now it is Elrington Street, Braidwood … or wherever I am with my phone.

I am delighted to be following a new connectivist course. I read Stephen’s OLDaily at the start of each day which sets me off on a journey that starts in Casselman, Ontario, via Braidwood, New South Wales and then on to wherever hyperlinks lead.

My ‘tough love’ email included this advice:

Learning on an interactive platform, as you should do in a lecture or tutorial, and certainly when writing an essay or sitting an exam, you ‘lean forward‘ – you engage the brain – the harder you are made to think, the greater the struggle, the more likely you have learned something lasting and of value on which you can build. (My emphasis)

Connectivist approaches to sharing and learning invite me to lean forward. I find it impossible to stop this movement.

So, it was delightful to discover the start of Jocelyn Mara and Leah Holroyd‘s Sport Performance Analysis 101 course this morning.

I am nervous when open online courses use the prefix Massive and transform OOCs into MOOCs. I am comfortable in a connectivist world to accept that small is beautiful.

This morning’s treasures at the crossroads of the world emphasise for me the personal essence of learning through connections. They reinforce that beautiful Joi Ito observation that “learning is what we do to ourselves”.

I trust you are having the same kind of experience at your crossroads.

Personal Learning

I dropped off the distribution list for OLDaily.

I am not sure how this happened. I was gone for two weeks. My personal learning environment changed. I thought Stephen was on holiday.

I am back on the list and reading Stephen’s news with an early morning coffee from The Albion Cafe.

A picture of the Albion Cafe, Braidwood, available at the Cafe's website.

A link in one of today’s new items took me back to a presentation in 2014.

The personal service I receive at The Albion resonates with Stephen’s 2014 presentation (Personal Learning in a Networked World). Some thoughts:

  • The personal isn’t designed. It is based on self-organization. (Slide 30)
  • Hashtag networks can be seen as self-organizing ideas. (Slide 34)
  • The edge is becoming more important than the node. (Slide 35)
  • We are moving beyond institutions … toward a cooperative knowing society based on networked knowledge. (Slide 72)

Perhaps it is that time of the day, but I see strong connections between a local cafe making my coffee as I like it, engaging in conversation about my tastes and connecting me with ethical coffee practices and a world of learning that I create and co-create in open opportunities to learn. The baristas push my proximal learning by suggesting new blends.

A picture of the Fickle pickle from the cafe's Facebook page.

At other times of the day I find coffee elsewhere in town at the Fickle Pickle. The atmosphere there is much more intimate and makes conversation easy. It is a place to share stories. I find myself thinking about conviviality and Ivan Illich’s ‘convivial society’ in which social arrangements “guarantee for each member the most ample and free access to the tools of the community”.

Fascinating where re-engagement with a daily newsletter can take you.