Open to Sharing

I have come across four interesting posts about sharing this week.

The Open Cloud Initiative

A Code of Practice for the Fair Use of Online Video

ALISS’s 2011 Summer Conference

An interview with Sir John Daniel

I thought all four offered excellent insights into the disposition to share openly.

The Open Source Initiative defines Open Source licensing in relation to:

  • Free Redistribution
  • Source Code
  • Derived Works
  • Integrity of the Author’s Source Code
  • No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups
  • No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor
  • Distribution of License
  • License Must Not Be Specific to a Product
  • License Must Not Restrict Other Software
  • License Must Be Technology-Neutral

 Sir John Daniel suggests in his interview with Creative Commons that in relation to licensing of Open Educational Resources  “My advice is to just do it and don’t get too fussed about the license at the beginning”.  He adds that “our policy simply says COL will release its own materials under the most feasible open license, which includes the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license … we encourage people to not use noncommercial if they can avoid it, and we follow our own recommendation.”

The Centre for Social Media’s Guide to Fair Use “is a code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances.”

I thought the ALISS report of the 2011 Conference on the topic of Social Media, Libraries, Librarians and Research Support exemplified this disposition to share openly. In addition to links on the conference site, papers from the conference are available on SlideShare. I liked the range of resources available.

As an aside each of the alerts to these four items came from different sources. This in itself exemplifies for me of the power of self-organising groups and networks.

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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.

Using Video To Promote Canoe Slalom

The 2011 Australian Canoe Slalom Open has started at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium. Australian Canoeing work with Sportscene to provide a video service to the canoe slalom community in Australia and globally.

The Australian Open started on Thursday evening with the demonstration run.  For the first time in Australia the demonstration run was filmed the with a head camera. The video shows the:

  • Head cam footage
  • Course map with the position of the athlete,
  • Gate numbers

The video has a voice over which explains the course.

Sportscene posted a pre-Open video which had 1400 views within five hours. This video is available for download (25MB, 640×360, MP4). Sportscene has a Facebook page too that provides additional information.

Live results from the events can be found at the 2011 Australian Canoe Slalom Open website.

It is fascinating to see how a sport like canoe slalom with no television exposure can use social media to promote the sport. Australian Canoeing has a YouTube Channel that shares video openly. Canoe slalom was an early adopter of video technology and continues to do so.

2011 marks another milestone in the sport’s use of video.

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