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NOAA CIO Virtual Worlds Briefing

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A talk given to NOAA's CIO overviewing virtual world technology specifically Second Life and its implications for NOAA.

A talk given to NOAA's CIO overviewing virtual world technology specifically Second Life and its implications for NOAA.

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NOAA CIO Virtual Worlds Briefing NOAA CIO Virtual Worlds Briefing Presentation Transcript

  • NOAA’s Virtual Worlds Project Eric Hackathorn ESRL / GMD CIO Informational Briefing April 5th, 2007 Eric Hackathorn April 5th, 2007 ESRL / GMD
  • What are Virtual Worlds? …an extension of the traditional 2-D web Eric Hackathorn April 5th, 2007 ESRL / GMD
  • The Implications for NOAA Eric Hackathorn April 5th, 2007 ESRL / GMD
  • About Second Life • Potential customer base is growing by 20% per month and currently serves over 5.2 million • 100% user generated content • We retains intellectual property rights on NOAA’s virtual space • The education and business tool of the next generation Eric Hackathorn April 5th, 2007 ESRL / GMD
  • NOAA’s Virtual Island • 1863 unique avatar visits in the month of February representing 775.6 user hours • Better cost-benefit ratio than is capable in a traditional educational or teleconferencing medium “NOAA has, beyond a doubt, set the standard in the quality and potential for all virtual museums to follow with this enormous undertaking.” http://slurl.com/secondlife/Meteroa/177/161/27/ - The Metaverse Messenger 12/5/2006 Eric Hackathorn April 5th, 2007 ESRL / GMD
  • Metrics of Success What is your age bracket? Where do you live in real life? How did you hear about this island? …92% of those asked would like to see NOAA continue its virtual expansion Eric Hackathorn April 5th, 2007 ESRL / GMD
  • What’s Next • Collaborative data visualizations for various NOAA resources • “Virtual Worlds Center of Excellence” and a 3-D NOAA Intranet • Incorporation of other line office’s interests most notably the NOS • “Teen Grid” expansion NOAA’s virtual headquarters • Virtual conferences and lecture series • City planning session for NOAA’s virtual continent • Virtual Hawaii as part of a NOAA-sponsored, Global CO2 Conference in Hawaii • International Polar Year Virtual Arctic Region Attending a scientific lecture Eric Hackathorn 5th, April 2007 ESRL / GMD
  • The (Near) Future No Policy Provide Provide Policy Policy & Funding Creates the least amount Provides leadership to Establishment of a NOAA Advantages of work and allows focus NOAA as well as other continent creating a "One on other priorities agencies beginning their NOAA" branding and own virtual world lowering the entrance excursions barrier for individual projects into virtual worlds Risks hundreds of Risks alienating projects Causes a financial Disadvantages separate virtual spaces already underway with challenge and a question created by individual unfunded mandates and of who would provide the NOAA programs without lack of an organized funding common branding and capability to enable other causing numerous policy parts of NOAA to collisions contribute to our virtual space Eric Hackathorn April 5th, 2007 ESRL / GMD