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A Brief Introduction to Second Life



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  • Second Life ( abbreviated as SL ) is an Internet -based virtual world launched on June 23, 2003, developed by Linden Labs.  A free downloadable client program called the Second Life Viewer enables its users, called " Residents ", to interact with each other through motional avatars , providing an advanced level of a social network service combined with general aspects of a metaverse . Residents can explore, meet other Residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade items ( virtual property ) and services with one another.
  • Pretty much anything you can do in RL you can do in SL.
  • How can Second Life be used by Government? Second Life has many uses for local governments. As this technology becomes more developed and enhanced, more uses will emerge, but for now, here are some of the more practical uses that are easily implemented now: �         Tourism � a local government can build representations of specific attractions or offer community-related information that would interest visitors. �         Meetings � representatives of local government can meet with each other, with citizens, with suppliers, or with other agencies at times that are convenient to everyone and without having to travel. �         Training � all members of local government can attend training in Second Life without having to leave their office leading to a significant reduction in travel costs. Government can also offer training and education for citizens on issues related to their community. �         Planning/Design � with the ability to emulate the 途 e al world � in 3D and then allow for interaction by avatars, government can use Second Life to develop 3-D representations of plans or designs and then meet with residents to obtain input. All of this leads to greater collaboration on community design. �         Networking � most local governments deal with similar issues but rarely have the opportunity to network and gain information from each other. Second Life offers a place where everyone can meet, discuss similar issues, and work towards common solutions. This collaboration extends to the ability to allow for international collaboration and understanding.
  • All kinds of engagement activities - there is an international space station You can go to the moon and drive around in a moon rover. Fabulous platform teaching about nasa and what nasa does or has done in the past
  • The system works by way of dozens of scripted reporting stations dotted all over a map of the United States. These stations retrieve METAR data from National Oceanic and Atmospehereic Aaministration every eight minutes which they then decode and render into models of the appropriate weather phenomenon for the area. All sorts of cloud cover and precipitation models are available as well as special weather conditions such as thunderstorms and tornadoes. Temperature is represented by warmer and cooler shades of color. This 3D composite is great for giving visitors a visceral feel for the weather around them.
  • UCF does not have a presence in SL as of yet. There is a UCF Group and I was recently told that UCF is currently working with the NMC - New Media Center in SL to have a SL presence sometime in the near future.
  • Dr. Singer was an invited speaker to the Cybrary Garden reading group on March 22, 2009. I was unable to attend the session.
  • A final thought on SL - I am sure most of you are sitting there wondering just “Why?” In this world of and webinars and streaming video, why do we need SL? My initial response is because it is fun. I am a strong believer in education and teaching being fun. How much more fun can you have than this? The follow up reason is because it is not going to go away. The technology is improving the number of people engaging is growing . . SL is here to stay. Play video


  • 1. Second Life Michelle K. Gardner April 17, 2009 3rd Annual Public Administration Conference
  • 2. What is Second Life?
    • Second Life is a free online virtual world imagined and created by its Residents. From the moment you enter Second Life, you'll discover a fast-growing digital world filled with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity.
  • 3. Common Terms in SL
    • SL = Second Life
    • In-world - being logged into SL
    • Avatar - your in-world body
    • Rezzing - Verb originally from Tron - wait for images to load
    • Slurl - SL url link to an in-world location
    • Sim - simulated area - in SL these are islands
  • 4. Second Life is not a game
    • You don’t earn points
    • There are no in-world time requirements
    • The platform is a social virtual environment
  • 5. Who is in SL? MuniGov 2.0
  • 6. Who is in SL?
    • NASA
    Pictured is the Archive and Library Area
  • 7. Who is in SL?
    • NOAA
  • 8. Who is in SL?
    • VCC ??
  • 9. Who is in SL?
    • Anybody we know?
  • 10. A Final Thought