First morning session Day 2 #IASI14 and #AUSPIN14


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

There were three presentations in the first morning session:



Li discussed the development of a scientific document service for elite Chinese sport from 2010 to the present. She described an E-learning platform that was precise and easily accessible. She noted that the Chinese Sport Information Service works with sport universities to collect, edit, index, submit, store and release information for ten sports.

Six universities in the network specialise in the monitoring of a single sport. The Information Service focusses specifically on three sports: swimming, gymnastics and athletics. In all cases, subject experts verify literature. There is a strong emphasis on quality assurance.

The Information Service released 4501 items of information in 2013-2014. (There were 2800 in 2011-2012).

Li concluded her presentation with an emphasis of importance of networks and proposed international collaboration to the sharing of scientific information.



Hartmut’s presentation had two components:

  • A discussion of the SPIKE project (a pilot database for high performance training centers and camps).
  • Other work at the Institut für Angewandte Trainingswissenschaft in Leipzig.


Hartmut noted that there are 96 members of the Association of Sport Performance Centres. The SPIKE project has developed a user friendly database of Centres. Within the pilot project, coaches were asked to share their search needs.

Other Projects

Hartmut observed that SPIKE was a very small part of the Institut’s work. Other work includes: has 40,000 documents in its archive including a document scanning project.

an individualised information service SPRINT with 2,000 subscribers.

an individualised communication network SPRINT 1:1

an upload service SPEED

aniIndividualised documentation service

an iInformation service for 27 National Governing Bodies

The Institut is keen to “Always attempt the impossible” and to contribute to a better informed elite sport system.



I have been following Chikara’s work on his SMART system since 2002. I was delighted to see the emergence of his Smart 2.0 today.

SMART 1.0 and SMART 2.0 are versions of the Japanese Institute of Sport Science’s (JISS) video database (a streaming and meta-data platform).

The SMART 2.0 project started 2009. At present there are 4000 users of the video database. Individual access to the database is verified through National Governing Bodies. All 270,000 videos in the database are archived at JISS.

Chikara noted the limitations of SMART 1.0

  • Low quality video image
  • No step by step video option
  • No sophisticated slow motion
  • No multi-camera option
  • No synchronisation with data

These have been remedied in SMART 2.0:

  • A new SMART player
  • Multiple camera perspectives

SMART 2.0 uses a serialising method to seek video segments and nonlinear thumbnails. The system enables precise time characteristics of the thumbnail (using sparse and fine time intervals).

Chikara presented a synchronised page and video option in SMART 2.0. This page uses scalable vector graphics and HTML to optimise the interactive potential of the page.

Each frame of the video stored in SMART 2.0 has its own unique url to get thumbnails and facilitate step-by-step viewing.

All users of SMART 2.0 have access to network videos flexibly as if they are local files.

Chikara concluded his talk with a discussion of his SMART camera project. The project is driven by the desire to develop a simple camera to record; a simple player to see; and a simple server to save.

The specifications of the camera include: 240 frames per second; High Definition; pre-triggered video; and with a SMART video server.

A 2014 prototype includes a USB3 camera (with 160 frames per seconds), and a PC box.

IASI 2011: Morning Session Day 3

The IASI 2011 Workshop concluded this morning in Leipzig. The final session started with a guided tour of the very impressive Institut für Angewandte Trainingswissenschaft (IAT). I was fascinated by the facilities at the Institute and was delighted we were able to see some of the backroom activities of a world famous institute.

After the tour the Workshop attendees met to discuss ways to develop IASI’s work. I acted as a facilitator for the discussion and with all delegates (Germany, China, Japan, Australia, Finland, United Kingdom, Qatar) contributed to a consensus statement about IASI in regard to:

  • The nature of IASI as an organisation
  • What IASI does
  • An action plan for the next two years

The consensus statement will be available for discussion once the Secretariat has had an opportunity to format the document (a one page A4 document). Hartmut Sandner closed the workshop with his thanks to attendees and his colleagues who had helped with the organisation of the Workshop.

The day ended with a visit to the Kanupark Markkleeberger:

Der Kanupark am Markkleeberger See ist die modernste künstliche Wildwasseranlage in Deutschland und eine von fünf Strecken dieser Art weltweit. Hier trainieren die deutsche Kanu-Slalom-Elite und Spitzensportler aus der ganzen Welt sowie Nachwuchstalente aus der Region. Die Wildwasseranlage ist nicht nur Trainings-, sondern auch Wettkampfstätte für die Slalom-Kanuten.

Photo Credit

Evening on the Leipzig Canal (Axel Bruning)

IASI 2011: Afternoon Session Day 1

Li Guihua of the China Sport Information Centre, Beijing, presented the first talk of the afternoon. Her paper was titled Sport scientific information services for coaches and scientists in Chinese elite sport.

Li’s presentation can be found at liguihua_2003.

Li outlined the range of services available in China through the Sport Information Centre including:

  • Sport Information Research
  • Administration of E Sports in China
  • Development and Application of Information
  • IT support to Multi-Sport Events

The second presentation of the day was by Christoph Dolch of the Trainerakademie, Koln. Christoph talked about Trainerakademie Koln’s Learning Platform. Christoph introduced his course with a discussion of reflective practice. He presented information about the Coaching Diploma.

Christoph has a lead responsibility for new media at the Trainerakademie. His talk was a very impressive account of personal, connected learning.

Christoph outlined the platform that is in use and discussed:

  • Learning Management
  • Knowledge Library
  • Asynchronous Communication
  • Synchronous Communication
  • E-Portfolio

Christoph discussed how the course combines practice in the field with personal learning environments (enriched by RSS). He noted that 1200 Alumni are involved too.

His Prezi presentation was a delightful stimulus to the conversation with delegates that followed.

Hartmut Sandner followed Christoph’s presentation with his discussion of The Development of Push Services for Coaches and Scientists in Elite Sport.

His presentation is here.

It was an excellent, thought-provoking way to end a full day of discussion.