Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders

Here’s a great article by Martin Hall, VC at Salford and new(ish) chair at Jisc. Hall is a long-time advocate of open access and open data, and has spoken at a couple of events the DCC organised in conjunction with Salford.

“These massive digital data flows are the new raw materials for research. For highly complex problems such as climate change, epidemiology, financial stability and space exploration, access to global big data is already a basic condition for research to take place at all.”

iPop: How Big Data Will Transform Coaching in the NBA

iPop: How Big Data Will Transform Coaching in the NBA

I work with data and I love basketball. Consequently this story ticked a couple of boxes…

Consider this: In 2014, 25 times a second, in every NBA arena, the location of the 10 players on the floor, as well as the ball and the officials, are captured by a network of SportVU motion-tracking cameras, then translated into facts about the game. Additional technologies are poised to add layers of detail to this already rich picture.

The sheer number of concerns, calculations and considerations—in other words, opportunities for a competitive edge—presented by this data is overwhelming. The average person can hold seven discrete bits of information in his or her head at a time; someone with a genius-level working memory and ample training can manage up to 80. The iPhone in your pocket right now can hold trillions.

Metadata! No, wait, come back! It’s about cool stuff!

Interesting piece in The Atlantic about how Netflix created a resource of genre metadata about the film canon, and now use it to analyse what audiences are interested in. Which in turn influences movie producers re. what is likely to be popular. Which is in itself a bit of a problem: if all your recommendations are based on things you already like, how do you discover anything really new? Hopefully there’s a clever answer to that too…

Years ago I wrote to the All Music Guide (as it was then) to find out a bit more about their own descriptive metadata, which can be a bit esoteric. They never replied, but here’s the Tom Waits entry, just for fun.

Artists Moods

Artists Themes