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The National Library of Australia’s flickr sport albums

The National Library of Australia has a flickr account. There are two sport related albums that share images under creative commons licenses or with no known copyright restrictions: Keen on cricket (21 photos) Sports (16 photos) Photo Credits Don Bradman is almost run out at 101 in his innings of 169 in the fifth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1936/37 Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) tour of Australia (NLA, no known copyright restrictions) Women's hurdles race taking place at Sydney Sports Ground, New South Wales, March 1931. (NLA, no known copyright restrictions)

Transit of Venus

It has been an overcast week in Mongarlowe. We had 100% cloud cover at the time of the Transit of Venus on Wednesday. There was an excellent real time web stream of the transit for those of us blocked by cloud. Flickr has some excellent images from Australia. This one is by Taylor Lamb-Lawton and was taken at Adelaide Festival Plaza, South Australia, using a 5D Mk III attached to a telescope at an event hosted by the Astronomical Society of South Australia and CSIRO. The next Transit occurs on 11th December 2117. I wonder if my WordPress blog will still be active. This is...

3x3x3

The Faculty of Health at the University Canberra is holding a series of 3x3x3 talks this year. The format is: 3 presenters 3 slides per presentation 3 minutes per presentation The presentation share research interests. One of the three presenters at the first of these sessions used Prezi as the medium to present his ideas. I am presenting at the next meeting on 1 June and the Prezi presentation prompted me to look at a variety of presentation formats to prepare for the meeting. I had a look at Wridea: I thought I might use Creative Commons' Flickr images to illustrate these ideas. (Pdf copy of slides.) Performance (Rounding...

Le Tour

Each year in Australia SBS provides great coverage of the Tour de France. Each year we sit up in the early morning and watch remarkable feats of endurance ... and hope in the most naive way that we are witnessing the true expression of mano-a-mano. The Commons has some great images of the race many years before SBS's coverage. I find them remarkably evocative and a powerful stimulus to consider the expression of the human spirit through sporting endeavour. Photo Credits Champs Elysees First Tour de France Climbing over a closed railway crossing Hit by a car Schepers drinking water Ezquerra in the mountains

#HPRW10 Sharing

I have been thinking about a framework for my panel contribution at Day Three of #HPRW10.The topic for the panel to address is How do we make the research effort into high performance sport more effective? The abstract I submitted was: There is a wonderful momentum growing around the aggregation of effort in many aspects of social and professional life. Following on from my presentation at the NESC Forum 2009 I am going to propose that a connected network of practice is essential for sport to flourish in Australia. This connected network will be open and through aggregation will ensure that...

IACSS News: Conferences, Workshops and Congress

Some news for those interested in Computer Science in Sport and the work of the International Association of Computer Science in Sport (IACSS). The Asian Conference on Physical Education and Computer Science in Sports will be held in Hyderabad, India from 7th to 9th May 2010. The Asian Conference on Computer Science in Sport will be held at the Japan Institute of Sports Science in Tokyo from 24-26 September 2010.  To date there are twenty-six submissions from seven countries . There is still time to submit an abstract to Chikara Miyaji. Abstracts should contain: title, names of authors, organization(s), and...

Engines Running: Reflecting on David Crawford's Review of Australian Sport

Introduction This has been a fascinating week for Australian sport. It started with Tiger Woods' victory at the Australian Masters golf tournament and is ending with visceral debate about play, games, physical education and sport in Australian society. Although I have written two posts about the Independent Sport Panel's Report I have been mindful of Todd Sieling's manifesto for slow blogging. He suggests that slow blogging is "an affirmation that not all things worth reading are written quickly, and that many thoughts are best served after being fully baked and worded in an even temperament". Slow blogging is an art at...

Spotting

Source I am attending the National Elite Sports Council (NESC)'s Forum in Canberra next week. In addition to the Forum web site there is a Ning site for the Forum. A link to the conference program can be found here. I have the opportunity to present on Day Two of the Forum and I have been thinking for a while about what to say. After my first draft I started again and late this week had my thoughts focused by Charles Leadbeater's work. I have posted the draft and the presentation on SlideShare. This is the presentation I hope to use as...

Momentum in Team Sports

Photograph by (Tres) descamarado (2006) (Flickr Creative Commons image) A weekend of watching televised sport renewed my thinking about momentum in sport. I thought I might illustrate my post with some images from Flickr. I think about momentum as a wave (perhaps from my reading of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) and have been contemplating for a long time now the role of probabilistic approaches to sports performance. I like the idea of a wave as it suggests tidal change. The Wikipedia article on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi notes that his concept of flow involves "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego...

A Fourth Age of Sports Institutes

Some time ago I started a post about my presentation to IASI in Canberra in March 2009. I have a draft of my presentation at Slideshare. I am having some difficulty with the bandwidth available to me out at Mongarlowe and am still to add a Slidecast to the presentation. It is a draft and will change as the IASI Congress unfolds. I am enormously indebted to Stephen Downes, George Siemens and my colleagues in CCK08 for helping me to accelerate my thinking in such an open way. Update This is the updated Slideshare (7 March): View more presentations from Keith Lyons. (tags: semantic...