Fossicking in the Social Web

According to Wikipedia, fossicking is a term found in Cornwall and Australia referring to prospecting.

“This can be for gold, precious stones, fossils, etc. by sifting through a prospective area. In Australian English, the term has an extended use meaning to rummage.”

My engagement with the social web is akin to rummaging but through trusted networks I do find rich seams of resources and opportunities.

Recently (thanks to Diigo) I have rummaged through:

This morning (thanks to Stephen Downes) Crocdoc and Osmek.

Of late I have not been visiting Twitter or Facebook but know that they are there. I have started to use LinkedIn much more and have joined some new groups: ICALT, Sport for Development, Sports Performance Analysis and World Class Athlete Development.

Fossicking is a very popular activity in my village. It is an old gold town and there are hidden treasures. It seems very apt that I should be rummaging around too!

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Gold minehead

Bernard Otto Holtermann

Using Video To Promote Canoe Slalom

The 2011 Australian Canoe Slalom Open has started at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium. Australian Canoeing work with Sportscene to provide a video service to the canoe slalom community in Australia and globally.

The Australian Open started on Thursday evening with the demonstration run.  For the first time in Australia the demonstration run was filmed the with a head camera. The video shows the:

  • Head cam footage
  • Course map with the position of the athlete,
  • Gate numbers

The video has a voice over which explains the course.

Sportscene posted a pre-Open video which had 1400 views within five hours. This video is available for download (25MB, 640×360, MP4). Sportscene has a Facebook page too that provides additional information.

Live results from the events can be found at the 2011 Australian Canoe Slalom Open website.

It is fascinating to see how a sport like canoe slalom with no television exposure can use social media to promote the sport. Australian Canoeing has a YouTube Channel that shares video openly. Canoe slalom was an early adopter of video technology and continues to do so.

2011 marks another milestone in the sport’s use of video.

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Identity and Identification

Recently I have been thinking a great deal about connecting and sharing. I have been following some of the blog posts about identity, identification and privacy in relation to Facebook. The Scholarly Kitchen and Stephen Downes have been rich sources of information for me. This post pulls together some items from the past couple of weeks. Some of them are mulling around in my thoughts about semantic web discussions and the appearance of tools like Diaspora to add to our connection behaviour choices.

During this time Google Wave was used at a Facebook press conference as a live blogging tool (26 May).

26 May

Facebook Addresses Several Privacy Issues (Chris Conley, ACLU) “over 80,000 people to sign ACLU petitions demanding that Facebook give users control over all of the information they share via Facebook and ensure that user information is not shared with any third party without our own opt-in consent.”

23 May

Monkeys vs Robots: The Mysteries of Identity in the Age of Facebook (Kent Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen) This post has some interesting points to make and links to posts by Jeff Jarvis (Confusing *a* public with *the* public) and Danah Boyd (Facebook and “radical transparency” (a rant)). There were 107 responses to Jeff’s post and ninety comments on Danah’s post when I last looked.

I know we have made a bunch of mistakes (see Robert Scoble).

22 May (archived from February 2010)

You Are Not a Gadget (Kent Anderson, Scholarly Kitchen) raised some fascinating ideas about “participation in social media and electronic commerce, especially the centrality advertising is gaining in the culture developing around online identity”  prompted by Jaron Lanier’s  You Are Not a Gadget.

18 May

Your guide to the Facebook revolt of 2010 (Jon Ippolito, UMaine NMDNet)

13 May

There’s More to Social Media than Facebook (Lana Brindley, On Writing, Tech and Other Loquacities)

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Summer Mayhem

More than a Hundred People