Second Life Introduction, Become a Superhero

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Second Life Introduction, Become a Superhero

  1. 1. Second Life Introduction,  Second Life Introduction Become a Superhero Brian Gray (Brian Garfield in Second Life) ( ) Case Western Reserve University bcg8@case.edu OLSSI August 3, 2009
  2. 2. What is Second Life? • 3-D virtual metaverse entirely built 3D and owned by its residents • Began as 64 acres in 2003 g • By 2007 was 64K+ acres • Fully-integrated economy: Linden Fully integrated Dollar Exchange • Linden Lab – Support & development de ab Suppo t de e op e t • Pacific Standard Time (SL Time)
  3. 3. Metaverse (According to Wikipedia) • From Neal Stephenson’s 1992 Stephenson s novel Snow Crash • Widely used to describe the vision behind current work on fully p immersive 3D virtual spaces • Environments where humans interact (as avatars) with each ( ) other (socially and economically)
  4. 4. http://secondlife.com http://secondlife com
  5. 5. Windows Minimum System Requirements S R i • Internet Connection: Cable or DSL • Operating System: Windows XP or Vista • Computer Processor: 800MHz Pentium p III or Athlon, or better • Computer Memory: 512MB or better • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 pixels • Video/Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, or better 4mx – OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better – OR Intel 945 chipset
  6. 6. LindeX Market Data 2009 Jan ar January Total Customers Spending Money In-World 442143 1 - 500 L$ 169809 501 - 2,000 L$ 79514 2001 - 5 000 L$ 5,000 56438 5,001 - 10,000 L$ 40067 10,001 - 50,000 L$ 69643 50,001 - 100,000 L$ 14905 100,001 - 500,000 L$ 10062 500,001 - 1,000,000 L$ ~$4000 910 Over 1,000,000 L$ 795
  7. 7. Retain ALL IP Rights Linden Lab's Terms of Service agreement g recognizes Residents' right to retain full intellectual property protection for the digital content they create in Second Life Life, including avatar characters, clothing, scripts, textures, objects and designs. This p , , j g right is enforceable and applicable both in- world and offline, both for non-profit and commercial ventures You create it you ventures. it, own it – and it's yours to do with as you please.
  8. 8. Example of Use Fees (Beyond Basic Free Account) • US$9 95/month Premium US$9.95/month Membership, includes 512sqm and weekly stipend • 1/128 region, 512sqm, 117 region 512sqm prims, US$5 • Entire region, 65,536sqm, 15,000 prims, 15 000 prims US$195
  9. 9. 1.4 million last 60 days and 64k currently
  10. 10. Ohio University Without Boundaries http://www.ouwb.ohiou.edu/
  11. 11. Ohio University Video on SL PLAY MOVIE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFuNFRie8wA
  12. 12. Avatars – Who do you want to be?
  13. 13. Dress for the Moment
  14. 14. Recreating or Redesigning
  15. 15. Virtual Recruiting http://admission.case.edu/secondlife.asp
  16. 16. CWRU Promotes Dorms
  17. 17. Try Before You Buy
  18. 18. Kelvin Smith Library (CWRU)
  19. 19. Alliance Virtual Library • Partner: Alliance Library System – one of nine regional library systems in Illinois with over 250 member libraries of all types • Partner: OPAL – Online programming for all libraries • Public Blog: http://infoisland.org/ • Other links, including “working site”: http://infoisland.org/links/
  20. 20. Examples from AVL • Genealogy Research Center • Library Gallery • Mystery Manor • Performance Center • Science Center • SF/Fantasy Center • Health Info
  21. 21. Second Life Library: Info I l d I C b I f Island I, Cybrary City, etc. Ci By B HVX Silverstar Sil t http://www.flickr.com/photos/photolibraries/ 511035937/in/pool-secondlifelibrary/ 511035937/in/pool secondlifelibrary/
  22. 22. Renaissance Island By HVX Silverstar http://www.flickr.com/photos/photolibraries/ 527404571/in/pool-secondlifelibrary/
  23. 23. Collaboration Takes New Format: My First Experience
  24. 24. Online Presentations Example: Presentation by R. P t ti b R David Lankes, PhD, is Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse (IIS) and an Associate Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/blog/
  25. 25. Socialize Online
  26. 26. Example Course: Virtual World Librarianship - Y Lib i hi Your Second Lif S d Life • University of Illinois at Urbana- Urbana Champaign, The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Science & Illinois Alliance Library System • Six 2 hour synchronous sessions 2-hour will meet online in Second Life http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/cpd/Second_Life.html
  27. 27. San Jose State University's School of Lib f Library & I f Information Science i S i http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADE0VSffgis PLAY MOVIE
  28. 28. Mukwa Dibou (ALA President-Elect, Loriene Roy) and Jeremy Kemp ( y p (arriving) on SJSU sim g) chatting with SJSU students and librarians. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photolibraries/511014362/in/ pool-secondlifelibrary/
  29. 29. Brand Map of Second Life: http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?p=430
  30. 30. Avatar Academics, UCLA Magazine (4/07) • Esther Grassian, an information literacy outreach coordinator at UCLA's College Library; her avatar - Alexandria Knight. • “Ball State University's students discuss their assignments on SL” • “Students of a Pepperdine University distance-learning course meet every fortnight to l f i h learn, as well as explore, what ll l h it's like to be part of an online community. community ” http://www.magazine.ucla.edu/features/second‐life_virtual‐classroom/
  31. 31. Educators Explore 'Second Life‘ Online (CNN.com) O li (CNN ) • “The three-dimensional virtual world makes it possible for students taking a distance course to develop a real sense of community, community said Rebecca Nesson ” Nesson. • “Most people think online learning doesn't require p q participation or engagement with p g g course material, he said. But in "Second Life" there's real-time interaction, which means students need to engage in the discussion -- much as if they were sitting in a brick and mortar classroom.” http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/11/13/second.life.university/
  32. 32. Negative Comments to Expect • Only a game • Diversion • Only trying to be edgy • Waste of time • Lets do “first” life better instead L t d “fi t” lif b tt i t d • Fantasy, fake • Unprofessional • Porn, gambling
  33. 33. Signs of Growth & Acceptance • Sweden to set up embassy in Second Life y • ALA Washington Opens Virtual Office • Reuters had dedicated SL reporter p
  34. 34. For Teens as Well • Teen Second Life: http://teen.secondlife.com/ • Eye4You Alliance Island is sponsored by the Alliance Library System, System PLCMC and SirsiDynix: http://www.eye4youalliance.youthtech.info/
  35. 35. More Towards Education • http://secondlife com/education/ http://secondlife.com/education/ • Second Life Best Practices in Education: Teaching Learning and Teaching, Learning, Research 2007 International Conference – http://slbestpractices2007.wikispaces.com/ • htt //bl https://blogs.secondlife.com dlif
  36. 36. Directory of Libraries and Organizations • http://infoisland org/directory/ http://infoisland.org/directory/ • National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services
  37. 37. Virtual Ability Island
  38. 38. Cleveland Public Library
  39. 39. Deep Sea Marine Aquarium & S Lif C t Sea-Life Centre
  40. 40. Second Life Science Center
  41. 41. International Spaceflight Museum
  42. 42. Nature Publishing Group's Island: Eukaryotic C ll E k ti Cell
  43. 43. Texas State University – San Marcos
  44. 44. Texas State University – San Marcos
  45. 45. The Tisch Library and Wright Center Climate Change Ed Ch Education C t (T ft U i ti Center (Tufts University) it )
  46. 46. NASA CoLab
  47. 47. Piata Revolutiei - First Romanian city accurately represented in SL t l t di
  48. 48. Cultural Arts Museum's interpretation of England during the Neolithic Period g g (James Madison University)
  49. 49. Team OKAPI and Berkeley archaeologists mirror t e p e sto c age, useu and archaeology the prehistoric village, museum a d a c aeo ogy in action at Catalhoyuk, Turkey.
  50. 50. Museum of the African- American Experience
  51. 51. Vikingecenter (Denmark)
  52. 52. Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown NY
  53. 53. Abyss Museum of Ocean Science
  54. 54. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  55. 55. Second Life Introduction Introduction, Become a Superhero Brian Gray (Brian Garfield in Second Life) Case Western Reserve University bcg8@case.edu bcg8@case edu OLSSI August 3, 2009

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