April 11-14, 2007
San Francisco, California

Sessions: Abstract

A Second Life for Your Museum: 3D Multi-User Virtual Environments and Museums   go to paper

Paul Marty, Florida State University, USA
Michael Twidale, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Richard Urban, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

The paper gives an overview of some of the museum-like activities currently being undertaken in Second Life. Current development is mainly in the hands of pioneers, often interested amateurs engaging in serious leisure to create spaces enabling them to share their interests with others. These efforts are explored in this paper through a systematic analysis of museum visits and a qualitative analysis of interviews with designers and developers of museums in Second Life. Findings identified include the impact of the current technology on what is created, and the importance of interaction-centric designs.

Session: Alternate Realities [Exhibitions]

Keywords: multi-user virtual environments, 3D, museums, virtual reality, second life