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NOAA's Virtual World Proposal


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A presentation describing the benefits of applying virtual world technology within NOAA. (

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NOAA's Virtual World Proposal

  1. 1. NOAA’s Virtual Island Eric Hackathorn NOAA / OAR / ESRL
  2. 3. game origins - serious applications <ul><li>The web is the primary delivery mechanism for products and services to our customers. </li></ul><ul><li>In the future, the same will be said of virtual worlds. </li></ul><ul><li>NOAA should develop and maintain its role as a leader in virtual worlds. </li></ul>
  3. 4. about second life <ul><li>Second Life platform is well suited for NOAA’s needs </li></ul><ul><li>Customer base is growing by 20% per month and currently serves over 7.9 million </li></ul><ul><li>100% user generated content </li></ul><ul><li>Creator (NOAA) retains intellectual property rights </li></ul>private islands main land
  4. 5. our virtual island “ NOAA has, beyond a doubt, set the standard in the quality and potential for all virtual museums to follow with this enormous undertaking.” - The Metaverse Messenger 12/5/2006
  5. 6. our virtual world <ul><li>A modest investment has put NOAA in a leadership position in a major new technology </li></ul><ul><li>The NOAA CIO office is behind the effort with funding, policy, and guidance </li></ul><ul><li>The education office is providing logistical support </li></ul><ul><li>PPBES involvement in the FY 2010 – 2014 cycle </li></ul>
  6. 7. the plan <ul><li>Design line office specific content while maintaining a “One NOAA” context </li></ul><ul><li>Organize project under the leadership of NOAA Research and the Office of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Contract some of the content development to professional suppliers </li></ul>
  7. 8. national weather service Credit: Billion Dollar U.S. Weather Disasters understanding the effects of droughts
  8. 9. satellite and information service
  9. 10. fisheries service Credit: NOAA Fisheries Sustainability Poster
  10. 11. noaa research
  11. 12. national ocean service … virtual expansion already underway!
  12. 13. noaa facilities and infrastructure Photo by Will von Dauster
  13. 14. noaa libraries “ All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” -As You Like It, (II, vii, 139-143) More Information: Virtual Shakespearean World
  14. 15. the future <ul><li>Participating in a virtual world federal agency consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Blending geospatial applications with collaborative social environments </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating within NOAA at new levels of awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Reaching the public in a world-wide interactive conversation </li></ul>Credit: MIT Technology Review