29. March 2010 · Comments Off on Metaverse changer · Categories: My personal learning journey

You might not believe it – but this is a photo of something that will change the metaverse. This is a photo of an avatar created on one grid visiting with avatars on another grid.  Not impressed? Let’s back up a bit.

 

A grid is a hosted instance of a virtual world platform, in the case of this photo – this environment was created using the OpenSim platform http://opensimulator.org.  It is a brand new grid – or hosted instance of OpenSim called Jokaydia Grid http://jokaydiagrid.com, created by Jo Kay who is a virtual worlds developer better known as Jokay Wollongong in Second Life.

 

My avatar Pandora Kurrajong is visiting this brave new world/grid even though she was created on and came from another grid.  This is not analogous to visiting one web site after another.  This is analogous to starting off on one LAN and crossing over to another.  Crossing grid boundaries is a reasonably new ability in the metaverse – at least in terms of it being available to mainstream users http://reactiongrid.com/Support/HyperGrid.aspx

 

What assets come across with the avatar? What assets can be acquired and what gets left behind? From our experiment this afternoon, Pandora’s hair/wig as an object did not come across from Reaction Grid and she couldn’t acquire hair from Jokaydia Grid to wear.  She couldn’t rez an object from her ReactionGrid-based inventory nor could she accept one from Jokaydia Grid.  She could, however, build on Jokaydia Grid but couldn’t take the objects back. This works in favour of protecting object creators from their work being copied across the metaverse http://www.metaverseroadmap.org/– obviously the asset servers don’t talk to one another. More experimentation is definitely in order.

 

Why is inter-grid travel such a metaverse changer? Because it is going to pose all sorts of questions in terms of control over one’s virtual identity, interoperability between immersive world platforms and how to protect the rights of creative people and programmers.  Could it be that in a few years my level 80 gnome mage from World of Warcraft could be an avatar option for me at a SecondLife or OpenSim event? Could Pandora my OpenSim avatar take educators on tours that could include destinations in Second Life or games platforms or browser overlay platforms or Augmented Reality? It’s a brave new metaverse full of possibilities and it was exciting to experience it first person today.

 

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13. March 2010 · Comments Off on Open Source, Copyright and Plagarism Discussion · Categories: My personal learning journey
Open Source, Copyright and Plagarism Discussion
Excellent discussion on intellectual property in the US, Australia, Thailand, UK and Europe

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12. March 2010 · Comments Off on The Virtual Language Resource project VWBPE · Categories: My personal learning journey
The Virtual Language Resource project VWBPE
This is a brilliant informal learning area packed with resources for French language students. This is an area for students to interact and find tools that will be meaningful for them. Magazines that are kept up to date, links to in-world and 2D sites. Student says it would be great to get more French learners to talk with – other language learners don't have a resource like this.

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12. March 2010 · Comments Off on Experimenting with rich media options of new SL viewer · Categories: My personal learning journey
Experimenting with rich media options of new SL viewer
This clever avvie is looking at broadcasting his web cam into SL from a prim on his head…

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12. March 2010 · Comments Off on Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education Conference · Categories: My personal learning journey

Join me this weekend at the Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education conference – where more than 5,000 avatars from around the world will be attending some 190 plus events over the 44 hours starting in just under 5 hours or so (1AM US PST )

I'll be presenting on the work I've done so far on the ImmersED Estate in Reaction Grid – sharing the philosophy behind the activities and resources on offer, giving a brief overview and then inviting participants to share how and why they use virtual worlds.

My presentation will be at 6pm US PST on Saturday – 12:30pm Adelaide time Sunday.  The SLURL is http://slurl.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20East%202/105/11/73

I'll also be be attending events throughout the weekend, so if you do venture in-world and are in need of some hand-holding or a teleport, I'm Pandora Kurrajong in-world and my Twitter address is http://twitter.com/kerryank

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