Driving home from the National Library of Australia’s Innovative Ideas Forum 2009 I had the great good fortune to listen to a repeat of Radio National’s Late Night Live‘s discussion of W E H Stanner‘s work. One part of the discussion struck me forcefully.

Phillip Adams asked one of his guests, Melinda Hinkson, about Stanner’s concept of ‘everywhen‘. My understanding of the discussion that ensued is that ‘everywhen’ describes something that is somewhat timeless, not fixed in the past but part of the present and the future, all at the same time. This seemed particularly apposite to events earlier in the day at the National Library.

For example:

  • Jan Fullerton opened the Forum and talked about the National Library of Australia (NLA) as an ‘early adopter’ organisation. She underscored the importance of the Innovative Ideas’ Forum to stimulate creativity and jolt thinking. She noted that the Forums have been an important NLA staff development resource but that they have become an important open forum too. Jan confirmed that the NLA encourages exploration and has established some boundaries for ‘non-catastrophic experience’.  She summarised the content of the 2009 Forum and emphasised the dynamic and increasingly mainstream use of social networks.  She concluded her introduction with a reminder that many of the NLA users want a ‘traditional library experience’.
  • Anne Summers explored the implications of web-based social networking for cultural heritage institutions and discussed the generational change that is occurring in the recording of events. She noted the richness of archived collections of papers and illustrated her discussion with her work on Sir John Monash and Sir Keith Murdoch.
  • Rose Holley raised some important questions about the enhancement and enrichment of digital content in her discussion of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. The program had benefitted from remarkable voluntary effort to collaborate in text correction. She emphasised the importance of transparency and trust that provided the foundation for an unmoderated correction (enhancement) service.

Whilst these presentations were occurring in the NLA’s Theatre, delegates were given access to a wireless network to encourage blogging and social networking (including the NLA’s own live blog at Library Labs). There was a lot of Twitter activity using the recommended #iif2009 tag. By the morning break the NLA was offering more IP addresses for all those wanting to log on to the network and NLA staff were putting out more power boards for delegates who had been blogging or working on-line during the first session. Some of the first Flickr photographs were appearing too with the iif2009 tag.

As I was reaching Braidwood on my journey home, Philip and Melinda were discussing Stanner’s advice to Gough Whitlam. As soon as I arrived in Mongarlowe I was able to find a record of an iconic moment held at the NLA just one hour’s drive away in everywhen time.


(Photo credit: In May 1975, Gurindji people were successful in having an area of their own land excised from the Vestey pastoral lease at Wattie Creek in the Northern Territory. Here Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and Gurindji leader Vincent Lingiari celebrate the handover of the land at Daguragu. The event was recorded visually and stored here.)


On 12 March I presented a keynote address at the IASI World Congress in Canberra. I posted a draft of my presentation in Slideshare. Gavin Reynolds has alerted me that:

video recordings of the Congress presentations are now available here.  Click on the Proceedings tab in the left navigation menu and follow the links.

To access the videos, you will need to logon using your Congress secure web username and password – originally issued when you completed your online registration. If you do not have a secure web account, it is not too late to complete the online registration form (ignoring the special requirements and payment sections) here.  An account will be automatically generated for you. If you experience any difficulties, please email us.

My presentation is on Day 2 of the Proceedings. Given the conference theme (Building and Sustaining Sport Information Communities – through connectivity, collaboration and sharing), and that my experience of the CCK08 course was so profound, I am keen to share these links.

This video segment introduces my talk.

In the minute I mention Gavin (Gavin Reynolds), Wayne (Wayne Goldsmith) and Flynny (Michael Flynn). I was delighted that each of them was in the audience as they have had a significant impact on my thinking and practice in sport.

These are the slides I used in the presentation iasi09-part-1 iasi-part-2 All the acknowledgements for the images used in the presentation are at the end of Part 2.

I used a Twitter Tag #IASI (and realised I needed to distinguish it from the Romanian #IASI post-event) for the conference and ran Tweet Deck throughout as my message centre.

IASI Canberra 2009: Days 1 and 2

The opportunities to chat and discuss ideas at the IASI Congress overtook blogging about the Congress! I was not able to attend Day 3 but hope to write more about events. This post is a wrap of some of the other events at the Congress on Day 1 and 2.

Wayne Goldsmith concluded Day 1 of the Congress with his workshop Creating Effective Online Learning Communities in High Performance Sport He started Day 2 with his plenary session Sport Information Blogging – Getting Your Message Out There Fast!

wayne Photo credit: Moregold Consulting

Both of Wayne’s presentations drew on his career-long interest in and fascination with innovative ideas and practice in high performance sport. He is the author of a much-read blog sportscoachingbrain and the principal in Moregold Consulting

Wayne introduced his talk on Day 1 with the suggestion that “Knowledge is power … only when it is hard to get!” Wayne discussed the geographical isolation of Australia in late 1980s and how hard it was then to get material about high performance sport innovation. Twenty years later it is a digitally rich time when successful coaches and teams are able to accelerate their change in performance faster than their competitors. This accelerated changed is linked closely to the ability to learn.

Wayne indicated that the on-line community offers opportunities to learn faster about WHAT is available. Since everyone can access the WHAT, Wayne suggests that it is the HOW knowledge that will transform learning and performance. Wayne explored how this HOW learning might move from an academic setting to the risk practiced high performance environment.

Wayne made a very strong case for future perspectives and argued passionately about the role high performance contexts will play in this approach. He concluded the Day 1 workshop with the exhortation to “get excited, interested, and do it differently.”
This requires the recognition that the past is a platform upon which to create knowledge and stimulate individuality.

On the afternoon of Day 2 there were a number of paper presentations in the Theme 4 strand of the Congress: Sport Performance Analysis Applications and Broadcast Technology Solutions.

The program included:

Fumito Yoshikawa, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

Automated Video Indexing System for Badminton Game Analysis [abstract]

Fumito provided an account of the automated video indexing system he had developed using a single ceiling camera.
His methodology included: segmentation, detection of players, and detection of rally segments.
He demonstrated how in the segment process white court lines were extracted using Otsu’s (1979) automatic threshold selection method. He shared the detection formula used to track players and the process for detecting and tracking the shuttlecock

Fumito shared his experimental findings in relation to 344 rallies over 5 matches. Video was captured at 30fps. The computational speed of the process was 7msec/frame (144fps). The experiment yielded good results and Fumito gave examples of data visualisation that enables immediate feedback. He concluded that a rule based, player and shuttlecock, single camera system yielded promising results, fast processing time, and immediate feedback. He identified the potential of this work for other net games.

Keane Wheeler, University of Canberra and University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia


Notational Analysis of Agility Skill Execution in Rugby Union [abstract]

Keane presented findings from his use of lapsed-time notational analysis to examine agility skill execution in rugby union. He discussed Time Motion studies, Technical studies (Focus for today’s paper)and Tactical studies.  Keane’s work focussed on tackle outcome in rugby union. He identified the characteristics of agility and tackle outcome: 60% tackle win (15% includes a tackle break) and noted that in the top 4 teams in his study 19% of runs lead to tackle breaks. The middle 5 teams have 16%, and the bottom 5 teams have 12%. Keane then discussed what needs to happen in a tackle break. He suggested that the ball carrier should receive the ball two body lengths from the defence and execute a change of direction at 1-2 body lengths at 20/60 degrees and then straighten through the hole created. His study exemplified the coaching maxim “beat the defence, advance the ball, score tries.”

Claire Short, Australian Sports Commission

Digital Video Applications in High Performance Sport [abstract]

Claire provided a comprehensive overview of digital video in her presentation:

  • Why digital? (Fast, quality, performance analysis, communication, historical record)
  • Equipment (field and office): capturing, accessories, storing
  • Viewing. (Noted trade off between size of projection and illuminations. Smaller projectors have shorter run time.)
  • Editing and dubbing: copying towers and Blu-Ray developments
  • Storing and archiving: note the move to Blu-Ray

She encouarged the audience to consider:

  • Ease of operation
  • Upgradability
  • Maintenance
  • Training

Alexis Lebedew, Australian Institute of Sport

Hyperconnectivity [abstract]


Alexis introduced his talk on Hyperconnectivity with a discussion of the proliferation of connected and connectable devices. He provided a case study example of supporting coach in the field. He suggested that this quadrennium (2009-2012) will be characterised by: high speeed wireless, geotagging, semantic technologies, cloud computing. He identified Wireless availability as the key driver. He noted the role cloud computing will play and the increasing importance of Software as a Service (SaaS). Alexis concluded his presentation with a consideration of how hyperconnectivity might work: ensure ecologically valid, change habits, and personalise. He asserted that throughout this process a key maxim will be “Usability is more important than functionality”.

The Theme session ended with a panel discussion of Video and Digital Asset Repositories in Sport using case studies from Japan, Germany, and Australia.