Open Sport – open source sport project

Those reading my twitter stream will see sport plays an integral part of my lifestyle.  Hill walking, skiing and not forgetting swimming.  Swimming is my no. 1 sport and with my Quantified Self recordings, its has been the place I have focused the beginings of my open sport project endeavours, the open sourcing of sport.  It started with a Drupal module to enter swimming training times and those recorded at competitions.  But this failed to capture efficiently they training data so I have been working on a real time network application to address this issue, TrainTimer is on Github.

Open sourcing sport is something that has been brewing in me for a while.  Just like open source software,  open sourcing sport brings transparency and the opportunity for all to participate in evolving the applications etc.  The key ingredients is to provide a range of tools that enable individuals to capture their sporting data and share it real time anywhere they choose, on their privacy terms.  As a data junkie, it is the opportunity to apply data ‘science’ or ‘data’ analysis and discovery to those willing to share and combine their sporting data that makes things exciting.

I enjoy watch sport on the TV from time to time, especially the World and Olympic swimming but there are so many amateur or masters competitions going on all the time too and  I am sure provide just as much excitement and sporting endeavour.  This project aims to provide the same range of technology tools to these sporting events.  As an individual sporting data becomes increasingly and more frequently under scrutiny with dope testing etc.  Hopefully, this open sourcing of sporting data will give the individual the ability to transparently show all when need their sporting story.  I think it will be this transparency in competition that will provide the ‘test’ of comparison in the future.

Sport brings much fun to my life and hopefully some of the tools we can build in this project will being additional opportunities for fun to flourish too.

Body Shapes the Mind – bsf Aberdeen Uni.

First theme of British Science Festival for me was The Body Shapes The Mind.  Photo to follow.  Summary notes

Tuesday 4th September 2012.
body shapes the mind taks aberdeen uni.
talk 1
we don’t know a lot about the mind, we think, we have little experiments, some logic linked with a miracle to some logic over here #bsf2012
talk 2
dark and light colour brightness to words   male free male   diet coke  coke zero
talk3
emotion building block used for abstract thinking.  More mature emotional ability ‘easier’ to learning
talk4
learning linked to action.  Action can be physical or computer,  increases inference to connect.
action key to learning.