First I would like to thank NESC for the opportunity to speak to you today. I would like to talk about a National Sport Information Centre (NSIC) initiative that we call OASIS – Online Australian Sport Information Service.
I thought it appropriate to begin my presentation with this slide. There have been a number of studies centred around the policy factors leading to international sport success. The following are nine factors or pillars identified in the 2008 SPLISS study out of Belgium. Veerle De Bosscher actually presented the SPLISS study within this Theatrette earlier this year. You can actually view the presentation on OASIS. All of these studies in one manner or another identify information and research as critical elements of a successful sport system.
You never really achieve anything alone. Our national sport information coalition is the Australasian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN). AUSPIN is largely comprised of SIS/SAS sport information providers – and assists our network in coordinating and gaining a national view of sport information provision to the Australian high performance sport sector.
What has made OASIS possible is a to electronic online information, and ASC’s ICT capability
We often talk about identifying gaps in our national research agenda or within our strategic sport policy position. OASIS could potentially provide a direct link to what our sport community already knows, and how and what we know can support community, business and government objectives. NSO, SIS/SAS, or external provider, we want to support anyone directly contributing to Australian high performance sport outcomes. ICT is changing our relationship to data, information and the way we share knowledge. Today we enjoy unprecedented levels of connectivity – we are all essentially ‘wired-up’.
The next series of screen shots have been taken from OASIS. OASIS utilises the ASC’s Extranet capability – it is a secure web community with around 600 members to date (NSO, SIS/SAS) – and we are aiming to grow OASIS subscription to a least a thousand members over the next twelve months.
Our Daily Information Update, is comprised of a range of current awareness services including relevant daily news stories on sport, major reports and other items of interest. We have included a discussion forum or blog within the service. We have 600 plus of the nations best sporting minds accessing this service. What about your news and views?
Our Catalogue provides a view of over 75,000 key sport information assets. However, this is very small when you think of what a standard Google Internet search achieves at any point of time
2007/08 we established our first cross-governments sport information purchasing consortium. After initial start-up funding provided by AIS (thank you Peter) all states and territories made financial contributions. For the first time, all SIS/SAS and ASC funded NSOs gained equitable access to these critical information databases. It would not have been possible without consensus by NESC Heads and AUSPIN.
The next phase. The NSIC maintains subscriptions to another 50 plus e-journals, such as Journal of Sport Science, that we aim to expand access beyond AIS/ASC to the broader high performance sport sector.
Need for an authoritative source or single point of truth (SPOT). Just listening to the NESC Chair’s, Steve’s, opening comments for the Forum yesterday – Steve presented some compelling figures around NESC and high performance sport in Australia. Where have we documented this type of information so it can be shared. Graeme spoke yesterday about seeking information/advice form the Inuit people prior to his team’s quest to the North Pole. If I am potentially on the menu for a polar bear – I would want to test the hypothesis behind the ‘bear-off’ bear repellent by first seeking an authoritative source.
We have done a lot of work in this area over the past five years. Access to broadcast content and many other forms of information (IP) is becoming increasingly difficult. We need to take a national sector view when seeking source licensing and permissions from copyright owners. Better still, we need to forge stronger relationships in this area with our international/national sector partners.
The beast behind our OASIS video capability. Now seeking requirements for v2.0
Lets think about our national view of audiovisual holdings.
The last point here links back to my first slide highlighting the critical success factors. Sport information is one area where we still have a clear international advantage and real prospect of marinating this advantage. Thank you.
Online Australian Sport Information Service (OASIS) National Sport Information Centre
Elite Sport Success ‘Pillars’ <ul><li>Sport Policy Factors Leading to International Sporting Success </li></ul><ul><li>Financial support </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic policy development </li></ul><ul><li>Sport participation </li></ul><ul><li>Talent identification and development </li></ul><ul><li>Athlete support </li></ul><ul><li>Training environments </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching </li></ul><ul><li>International competition </li></ul><ul><li>Information & research </li></ul><ul><li>SPLISS Study - De Bosscher, V. et al (2008). </li></ul>
National Sport Information Centre (NSIC) <ul><li>Our role: </li></ul><ul><li>To provide a national focus to achieve sport information, research and knowledge outcomes; and </li></ul><ul><li>To federate and leverage sport sector information, research and knowledge resources for Australian sport </li></ul><ul><li>Australasian Sport Information Network (AUSPIN) </li></ul>
Case for OASIS <ul><li>Provide timely and equitable access to quality sport information resources </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce duplication of effort and expenditure across the Australian sport information sector </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage collaboration opportunities to capture and/or connect our tacit knowledge resources </li></ul>
Guiding Principles <ul><li>Draw on existing sport sector information resources, expertise, relationships and networks </li></ul><ul><li>Support all sport sector partners who are directly contributing to ‘green and gold’ performance outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance Australia’s sport sector information and knowledge sharing capability through the use of ICT </li></ul>
OASIS Online Australian Sport Information Service https://secure.ausport.gov.au/nsic Currently 600+ national sport sector members
Latest News What about your news, views and opinions?
NSIC Library Catalogue? Knowledge discovery – need for a ‘Google Scholar’ type federated search for Australian sport information
Databases SPORTDiscus Fulltext, Medline Fulltext Our first national sport information purchasing consortium
Journals Print and electronic journals Expanding our consortium approach to further enhance equitable national sport sector access to information
Hot Topics in Sport Topics of interest to the Australian Sport Sector Need for a national sport sector knowledge base
Videos Working to provide copyright compliant and royalty free access to performance analysis content
SPIDAR Sports Performance Information & Digital Asset Repository – Gathering requirements for Version 2.0
Ausport Image Library Search over 50,000 images Need for a national sector view of audiovisual holdings?
Summary <ul><li>A cooperative and coordinated national sport information network </li></ul><ul><li>Realise benefits of coalition and consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced communication and knowledge sharing capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain Australia’s competitive advantage in sport information </li></ul>