Trucking Towards a Virtual World:The Development and Utilization of FMCSA’s “Transportation Nation” Second Life Island<br />Adam Schlicht<br />Management AnalystIT Planning & Project Management, FMCSA<br />January 11, 2010<br />
What is Second Life?<br />A Web 2.0 technology and virtual world accessible via the internet<br />An interoperable, educational and collaborative tool currently used by many government agencies<br />Air Force, NASA, NIH, NDU<br />Offers worldwide access to information and a unique, creative platform for interaction with the public<br />Air Force’s “MyBase” Second Life site<br />NASA’s “CoLab” Second Life site<br />
Introduction to Transportation Nation<br /><ul><li>FMCSA’s Second Life-based virtual world “island”
An online-meeting place for FMCSA employees across the country
FMCSA employees use avatars to access functionality from their desktop</li></ul>An FMCSA employee “flies” in Transportation Nation, visiting several training, informational, and collaborative sites across the island.<br />
Development of Transportation Nation<br />Envisioned by senior staff within FMCSA’s Office of Information Technology<br />Collaboration between modal administrations, including DOT’s CIO Council <br />Contract with USCA International for island development<br />Development of the “Social Media Extreme Team”<br />Interaction with FMCSA’s National Training Center<br />A replica of the DOT Headquarters features teleconferencing rooms, a library, and instructional lecture halls.<br />
Current Functionality of Transportation Nation<br />Consolidated Information and External Collaboration<br />Teleconferencing, Instruction, and Training<br />Video & PowerPoint<br />Virtual Safety Investigations<br />Video and PowerPoint demonstrations can be displayed to multiple participants via screening areas.<br />
Ongoing Challenges<br />The Second Life environment can be unwieldy; requires some restrictions<br />Technical requirements to fully operate Transportation Nation for all FMCSA employees<br />Costs associated with development and ongoing maintenance of Transportation Nation<br />A replica motor carrier has an examinable chassis, including the engine, transmission, and axel, for online investigation demonstrations.<br />
Impact of Virtual Worlds on Open Government<br />Collaboration<br />Participation<br />Quality & Availability of Information<br />Training & Engagement<br />Links to external information from DOT and FMCSA websites is accessible, including detail information from all FMCSA field offices.<br />
For More Information<br />Contact:Adam Schlicht, Management AnalystIT Planning & Project ManagementFederal Motor Carrier Safety AdministrationPhone: 202-366-4441Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgDesk: W66-445 (USDOT Headquarters)<br />
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