AUSPIN: September 2011 Workshop

The Australian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN) held its Annual Meeting and Workshop in Canberra on 21-22 September, 2011.

I missed the workshop but wanted to post this (belated) note about the Network provided by Gavin Reynolds (and included here with his permission).

“Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the AUSPIN Annual Meeting and Workshop in Canberra last week. Over the two days we gained consensus and progressed a number of key elements that form part of our ongoing work programme. These include:

  • Building a shared knowledge and evidence base: We agreed to work together to build and facilitate a knowledge and evidence base for the sport and active recreation sector using the Clearinghouse for Sport (Clearinghouse). The Clearinghouse will function as the sector’s leading information co-ordination and access point for this work. Please find a revised structure for the Clearinghouse knowledge management domains, categories, and portfolios attached. This structure will help underpin and organise our knowledge base as we move forward. We intend to implement this structure within the Clearinghouse in the coming weeks. Please contact Ralph Richards if you would like to suggest any further amendments or inclusions to the structure.
  • CASRO – and how AUSPIN can potentially support the work of CASRO using the Clearinghouse for Sport: We discussed in broad terms the role of the Committee of Australian Sport and Active Recreation Officials (CASRO), and how the Clearinghouse could be recruited to support CASRO’s programme of work. We agreed to approach and  liaise with the CASRO Secretariat to develop a CASRO secure site within the Clearinghouse – this will initially be a clone of the existing NESC secure site. After the test site is created, we propose to work with the CASRO Secretariat to develop the site further before hopefully releasing it to all CASRO members. The NSIC agreed to action this work immediately.
  • Coordinating the delivery of information services to clients:The AUSPIN Client Service Model (attached) was tabled for review by meeting attendees. The Model is an important element of our AUSPIN Operations Framework (also attached). The purpose of the Model is to inform and to better coordinate how we collectively deliver services to our respective client groups. The Model will also assist to identify existing information servicing gaps across the sector. The Model will be further refined to accommodate feedback received to date, including:
    • Establishing standard sports information product and service costs (inc. a standardised document delivery cost) across all AUSPIN Governments Group, service providers;
    • Ensuring the Model accommodates the needs of commercial clients (such as professional football clubs and fitness centres) when applied to service platforms such as the Clearinghouse; and,
    • Ensuring the Model can be applied to accommodate elite and emerging elite level athletes

Rebecca Lane, Lyndsay Perkin,  Anne Jackson, and Renae Clement will refine the Model further and report back to AUSPIN in the coming weeks.

  • Linking and improving the management, discoverability and visibility of our library holdings:  We agreed to establish and implement an AUSPIN Integrated Library Management System (ILMS) and Union Catalogue, to provide a national and federated view of our member’s library holdings. The NSIC agreed to look at its current ILMS vendor contract (due to end 30 June 2012) to see if this service could be expanded to include other AUSPIN members (approx. six sites), at no cost to these members.  Sean Chen, Rebecca Lane and Chris Hume will progress this work with interested members, with an aim to have a preferred solution identified and tested prior to April next year.

The issue of establishing a shared digital image management solution was also discussed.  The NSIC demonstrated Piction, its pilot platform for this purpose. You can access the platform here. Piction is presently used to support the QLD Whole-of-Government Image library. The NSIC put forward a proposal to join the QLD initiative or adopt a very similar model for AUSPIN.  We all agreed that we should explore the potential for collaborating and indeed joining-up with the QLD Whole-of-Government Image Library initiative. Beck Browne and Chris Hume will develop the proposal further in partnership with their QLD Government contacts, and will report back to AUSPIN members prior to January, 2012.

  • Establishing a standard for national and regional sport information services reporting:  We gained agreement on adopting a shared set of reporting metrics for AUSPIN sport and recreation libraries and information service providers. The agreed reporting templates and statistics are now housed in the Clearinghouse for Sport, within the AUSPIN members network area. Members can now update and edit their respective centre reports online.  Our reporting standards have been drawn from the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) standards where appropriate. Meeting participants agreed that shared reporting metrics will improve visibility of our collective effort and the contribution we make to the sport and active recreation sector.
  • Creating and sharing opportunities for information services staff capability development:  All members agreed to be more proactive in this area and will be committed to sharing learning experiences and providing staff development opportunities through short-term placements and secondments within member organisations (when opportunities arise). The NSIC will also remain committed to providing information systems training for AUSPIN members so they possess the technical capability to administer their own regional networks, users and content through the Clearinghouse for Sport.
  • Business improvement and innovation: Renae Clementfacilitated a session during our Open Forum, to discuss new ideas and emerging solutions that had the potential to advance our business. The key outcomes from this session included:
    • Building an iphone app (application) for the Clearinghouse – WA DSR to lead and  progress
    • Creating online video training and self-help packages for different Clearinghouse client groups – WA DSR to lead and progress
    • Using go-to-meeting (a screen/monitor sharing tool) as a way to provide Clearinghouse induction training to clients and system administrators – NSIC to lead and progress
    • Identify suitable (and innovative) physical education and active recreation online resources for Clearinghouse clients
    • Liaising with Chris Halbert, from Human Kinetics Australia & New Zealand, to explore any potential areas where there may be mutual interests and benefits

Finally, a special thank you to Tony, Paul, David, Greg, Renae, Shirley, Chris, Marilyn and Andrew, for delivering great presentations over the two days. A reminder to all AUSPIN members, you can access the relevant documentation from our  meeting via the Clearinghouse for Sport.

On behalf of everyone here, thank you again for your support and contributions last week.”

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IASI 2011: Morning Session Day 1

Hartmut Sandner welcomed delegates to our workshop. He noted that nine countries and sixteen organizations and institutions were represented at the workshop from the North (Great Britain and Finland), the West (France and Germany), the South (Qatar, Australia) and the East (China and Japan). This Leipzig Workshop is an outcome of discussions started in Canberra 2009 that aimed to develop international exchange.

Hartmut noted that the focus of the Workshop will be “on practical solutions in the different centres and countries which reflect the actual state of our field of activity”. The Workshop will conclude with a design of “an organizational framework for our activities that reflects our interests and our capacity”.

The Deputy Director of the Institut fur Angewandte Trainingswissenschaft (IAT), Dr Jurgen Wick, opened the program officially with a presentation about IAT’s work and the role Information Kommunikation Sport plays in this work.

Chikara Miyaji (JISS Tokyo) presented the first talk of the workshop. His topic was ‘The success story of the JISS Video Monitoring Archives SMART’.

Chikara shared the evolution of the SMART system and discussed its use in judo and synchronized swimming. He reported the use twin cameras in synchronized swimming to present above and below water behaviour. He noted too the use of Microsoft’s Smooth Streaming to share video and its advantages (a quick Seek Response; dynamic changes of bit rate; and the use of http download).

Chikara demonstrated the web-based system (SMART 1.5) and showed its relational database functionality. He reported developments of collaborative work on this system with the Hong Kong Institute of Sport.

Chikara then discussed the emergence of SMART 2.0. This system will provide: new browsing capabilities; server support; and new ways to synchronise video with a web page. This version will become Open Source and provide the base structure of web applications. Collaboration may develop analysis tools; tactical tools; and educational tools. Chikara considered the possibilities of developing an open access archive that could be stored for 20+ years and wondered who will create this archive (Institutes, International Federations, Volunteers, Google?).

Chikara concluded his talk with a discussion of the lessons of working with SMART:

  • Video support requires an integrated solution
  • Each national federations has different views on video use
  • Technology can provide support
  • Now is the time to archive sport video

Gavin Reynolds (Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra) was the second presenter of the morning. His talk was titled Olympic broadcasting material for the purpose of performance analysis and performance enhancement.

Gavin discussed an IASI initiative to make an explicit agreement to use broadcast material for the benefit of all sports. His presentation is attached here.

Gavin noted the importance of working at a strategic, policy level to secure an agreement in principle to use broadcast material. He outlined 9 Steps in this process.

AUSPIN Workshop Canberra September 2010

Earlier this week I wrote about the AUSPIN Workshop held in Canberra on 16-17 September. This is a copy 100917 Cloud Connections of my presentation (slightly different to my Slideshare copy) to the Australasian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN) on Friday.

This was the workshop agenda AUSPIN.

The workshop was an opportunity for me to meet with Gavin Reynolds (NSIC) and Richard Young (SPARC) to discuss the development of an International Content Partnership.

(Richard on the left, Gavin on the right of this picture)

This blog post is an example of the kind of open access sharing that the Partnership can facilitate. It includes:

1. A copy of a presentation (100917 Cloud Connections).

2. An agenda of an Australasian organisation.

In addition to these, this is Richard’s video introduction to HPSport (iPhone m4v format, 10Mb):

Gavin has provided his AUSPIN presentation about the NSIC’s Clearinghouse Clearinghouse – Scope & Process View:

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Draft Strategic Plan 2010 – 2013, identifies that a key area of focus for the ASC going forward will be to establish a ‘clearinghouse’ capability to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas across the sport system and all levels of Australian government.

He has provided too an Operations Framework Plan for AUSPIN AUSPIN Operations Framework – September 2010 (draft)

Richard has extended an invitation to those interested in the content partnership to visit and explore the services offered by the HP website.

It was a very special workshop!