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There's a Cultural Olympiad poster available that shows pretty much all of the arts and culture events taking place in Vancouver and Whistler during the Games, but I think you need a degree in logistics to make sense of it.

There's a calendar, a legend, tabs to cross-reference events with venues, numbers on the tabbed events that you can cross-reference with venue maps, profiles of prominent events and performers and information about CODE (which stands for Cultural Olympiad's Digital Edition) along with a completely separate list of CODE events. There is a fair amount of information missing - while musicians are listed, for example, it doesn't say where they're playing a lot of the time. Presumably the poster is only meant to be a starting point to get people to visit www.vancouver2010.com/culturalolympiad.

A co-worker has since alerted me to a free iPhone App by Bell that helps to make sense of a lot of the events taking place while helping me to plan my Olympic experience, check headlines, etc.

CTV has an App to update people on news and sports stories, with real-time updates on events, video clips, stories, highlights and more. It's also free.

CTV is the official broadcaster of these Games and will be updating content constantly on their website, www.ctvolympics.ca. The Canadian Olympic Committee also keeps a medal tally and collects stories from National Sports Organizations at www.olympic.ca.

Every news website out there will give you something different - Calgary papers will cover Calgary athletes, Bloomberg will cover the business side of the Games - how far you want to go in any direction really depends on you.

It's likely there will be more information and more stories to come out of these Winter Games than any past event, given the sheer number of accredited and unaccredited media, the focus on webcasting, the addition of more countries to the Olympic program, the rise of Twitter and other social networking tools, and the shift to HD. While HD is good for everything, it's particularly amazing for sports - a fact that hasn't been lost on the millions of people who purchase new televisions each year just to watch the Super Bowl. And this was one of those rare years where it would have been worth it.

It's also the most digital of Games ever produced, and Bell has dubbed it "The First all-IP Games." All of the video, audio and text from the Games is being funneled through a fibre optic network constructed by Bell as part of their sponsorship package. They have provided a cellular network and wireless network at all of the official venues, ensuring that athletes, coaches, media and spectators will have no problems keeping in touch with the outside world.

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