IASI 2014 Canberra: Trusted Aggregation and Sharing


Day 2 of the annual meeting of the International Association for Sports Information (IASI) in Canberra includes a number of discussions of trusted networks for sharing information.

I attended my last IASI meeting in Leipzig in 2011.

After that meeting I thought I would start my own aggregator for sport information. I chose Scoop.it as my platform for this activity. I thought liaising was a good title as it indcated working together and has IASI in the title.


I have focussed on high performance issues from New Zealand, Australia, Qatar, the United Kingdom and Canada. I update my lIAISing site on Scoop.it after reading the thirty stories or so I receive each day. Any Scoops have a default post to my Twitter account too.

It is interesting to contemplate how personal aggregation might fit into IASI’s trusted networks of sharing conversations on Day 2.

Photo Credit

AIS Sculpture (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)

IASI in Canberra 2014


This week, the Australian Institute of Sport is hosting the annual meetings of the International Association for Sports Information (IASI) and the Australasian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN).

There are two days of meetings.

Day 1 (10 November) includes:

  • A welcome from Simon Hollingsworth, Australian Sports Commission.
  • Welcome addresses by Gavin Reynolds and Hartmut Sandner
  • A discussion of high performance projects including: an Athlete Injury Prevention Database; an athlete welfare portal; and a review of Australian sports performance.
  • Discussions of digital sport initiatives including: a sport passport; an open sport data initiative; apps and the sport professional.
  • The IASI General Meeting
  • Discussions of participatory and capability development projects including: volunteer market segmentation; sporting schools; and the national participation survey.


Day 2 (11 November) includes:

  • An opportunity to share and evaluate data: a scientific documentation service for China; a database for high performance training centres and camps; video sharing.
  • An international sport system intelligence roundtable: a benchmark study of national sport information systems; a trusted network to share policy and system information.
  • Performance tracking and monitoring: examples of tracking and monitoring; data driven investment models.
  • An open session: clearinghouse activity; Tokyo 2020.

Photo Credit

AIS Swim Hall, Bruce ACT (ArchivesACT, CC BY-NC 2.0)

AIS (Marg O’Connell, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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)