Tripline: From the AIS to the JISS

A month or so ago I came across Tripline. I thought it looked a great resource so I signed up for an account. I am fascinated by cartography and my passion for it was nurtured by an outstanding Geography teacher when I was at the Alun School, Mold (in the 1960s) and by later access to the wonderful work of Alfred Wainwright‘s Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.

I did not have an opportunity to use Tripline until my trip to Japan. It struck me as a great opportunity to share a journey with colleagues who may travel from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra to the Japanese Institute of Sports Sciences (JISS) in Tokyo (or vice versa).

Tripline is:

a way for you to tell a story by putting places on a map. That’s a very human activity that has been happening for thousands of years. It’s also a way for you to easily answer those questions we hear so often: Where are you guys going? When are you leaving? How was the trip? What did you do? – the kind of questions that photos don’t answer. And just like in the movies, the Tripline player gives you an animated line moving across the map with a soundtrack. That’s appropriate, because our journeys are our own epic tales of discovery and adventure.

I found Tripline a very intuitive tool to use. I did make one significant mistake at the outset … I clicked on the bin icon rather than the tablet icon and lost three venues! It is helpful to know where you are too. I was searching for some of the locations on the Google Japan homepage and this proved interesting the nearer I got to the JISS. This is 本蓮沼駅(東京 the nearest station (Motohasunuma) to JISS.

This is a link to the trip I created with Tripline. The trip plays in front of your eyes with the controls on the right of the screen when you visit the trip on the Tripline site!

I think that Tripline will be a great resource for coaches, athletes and parents making new journeys that others have made already. As I was plotting my trip I was thinking I should have taken photographs too. In new places it is good to know which entrance of a station to use. At airports I think it will be a great resource for those moments when well-signposted routes suddenly disappear.

We will need good guides to share routes.

Photo Credit

Hogwill Fells and River Lune

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 abstract text up to 300 words.

Preparations for IACSS 2011 are beginning. Professor Yu has been elected as chairman of the sub-association of Computer Science in Sport within the Association of Sport Science of China. Professor Zhang Hui is the secretary general.

An IACSS exchange symposium will be organised during the Fifteenth Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) (23 – 26 June 2010) in Antalya, Turkey. In addition, IACSS and the Turkish Association of Computer Science in Sport (TACSS) will organise three congress workshops before the start of the formal ECSS 2010 program.

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