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

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Originally presented at Museums & the Web 2007. Related paper at: Urban, R. et al., A Second Life for Your Museum: 3D Multi-User Virtual Environments and Museums. In J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds). Museums and the Web 2007: Proceedings. Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics, published March 31, 2007 at http://www.archimuse.com/mw2007/papers/urban/urban.html

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  • 1.A Second Lifefor Your Museum 3D Multi-User Virtual Environments and Museums Richard Urban (aka Aethalides Kukulcan) Graduate School of Library & Information Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Dr. Paul Marty (aka Pont Mirabeau) School of Information Florida State University Dr. Michael Twidale (aka Dingdong Bellman) Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2. Growth of Online Worlds: From Courtesy mmogchart.org 3. ToInternational Space Flight Museum 4. Second Life Is Not a Game 5. http://secondliferesearch.blogspot.com 6. So what is it?

  • 3D Multi-user Virtual Environment (MUVE)
    • Collaborative Virtual Environment (CVE)
  • Proprietary
    • But based on open standards(OpenGL)
    • Open-source Client
    • Open-source server coming?
    • An open world, you build it, you script it.

7. Museums in Second Life

  • Through early 2007 most museums are created, built, and maintained by SL Residents
  • Real-life museums are fewor not actively promoting their presence
  • This is already changing
    • Sploland (Exploratorium)
    • Science Center (UK)
    • Newseum
    • Your museum??

Image courtesy Taran Rampersad 8. Science 9. International Space Flight Museum 10. International Space Flight Museum 11. NASA CoLab 12. Splo (Now Open! Sploland) 13. Star Trek Science Museum 14. Art 15. Second Louvre Museum 16. Second Louvre Museum Watch on YouTube http: //youtube .com/watch? v=IX8HskHNSIc 17. Bolinas Art Museum 18. Artsplace 19. Fantasy 20. Sci-Fi Museum 21. History/Archeology 22. Second Life Historical Museum 23. Paris 1900 24. Jewish Historical Center 25. Xibalba: Mayan Museum 26. Virtual Morocco 27. Museum of Antiquity 28. Getting Started

  • www.secondlife.com
  • Become a Resident
    • First account is Free
    • Cant own land
  • Install Client
  • Get Oriented
  • * Be sure to check system requirements first!

29. Getting Around

  • Walk
  • Fly
  • Drive/Ride
  • Teleport
    • SLURL Second Life URLs http://www.slurl.com
  • Search
    • In-world search limited to paying landowners
    • http://search.sheeplabs.com (Beta) Search for items

30. Building in Second Life Watch on YouTube http: //youtube .com/watch? v=KruzH82Z2qQ 31. Scripting in SL Watch on YouTube http: //youtube .com/watch? v=B6vZqC8SsL8 32. Other Communities In SL

  • Second Life Library 2.0http://www.infoisland.org
    • Information Island
    • Cybrary City
    • Education Island
    • ALA Arts Island
  • Science Islands
  • New Media Consortium http://www.nmc.org/sl
  • Educators http://www.simteach.org

33. Get Involved

  • Museums in Second Life (MiSL) Group Search in-world under Groups Join!
  • MiSL Google Group http://groups.google.com/group/Slmuseums
  • Active groups are also maintained by librarians, educators, non-profits (Tech Soup) and many many more!

34. More Information

  • http://del.icio.us/rjurban/secondlife
  • YouTube Museum videos http://youtube.com/musebrarian
  • http://isrl.uiuc.edu/~rjurban
  • http:// mailer.fsu.edu/~pmarty/
  • http://people.lis.uiuc.edu/~twidale/