Special Issue "Virtual Worlds"

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A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2011)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Andrew Crooks

Department of Computational Social Science, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University, 379 Research Hall, MS 6B2, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
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Interests: geographical information systems and science; neogeography; crowdsourcing; volunteered geographic information; agent-based modeling, urban informatics, virtual environments and virtual worlds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue of the journal Future Internet focuses on the broad topic of virtual worlds such as Second Life, Active Worlds and OpenSim and their research potential. Virtual worlds are computer simulated environments that can mimic the real world or be purely artificial. In such worlds people, in the form of avatars (a computer user's digital representation of himself/herself) interact with each other and their environment through a computer.

Such electronic environments offer huge potential for study, education and outreach across all the sciences albeit in the virtual world (see Bainbridge 2007). Virtual worlds are open to whoever is connected to the internet (with obvious limits of membership, censorship, etc.). This literally puts users "in" the internet, rather than "on" it. The ability of many to engage and interact is the key feature that defines Web 2.0 technologies where interaction is key and where most interaction is currently achieved through graphical user interfaces.

We therefore seek high-quality, original papers on any aspect of virtual world research. Example topics might include: emergence of cooperation in role playing games; the evolution of social norms; censorship within virtual worlds; modelling; creating realistic worlds and associated technological challenges; experiences of using virtual worlds for teaching purposes, public participation or as space for experimentation or debate, etc. Papers can be either empirical, conceptual or theoretical in nature, or position papers that outline and/or evaluate any important existing or emerging aspects in the field, or issues, benefits and limitations of virtual environments.

Dr. Andrew Crooks
Guest Editor

Reference:
Bainbridge, W.S. (2007) The Scientific Research Potential of Virtual Worlds. Science. 317(5837): 472-476.


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Open AccessArticle Architecture and Design for Virtual Conferences: A Case Study
Future Internet 2011, 3(3), 175-184; doi:10.3390/fi3030175
Received: 30 April 2011 / Revised: 14 June 2011 / Accepted: 21 June 2011 / Published: 6 July 2011
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This paper presents a case study of the design issues facing a large multi-format virtual conference. The conference took place twice in two different years, each time using an avatar-based 3D world with spatialized audio including keynote, poster and social sessions. Between year
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This paper presents a case study of the design issues facing a large multi-format virtual conference. The conference took place twice in two different years, each time using an avatar-based 3D world with spatialized audio including keynote, poster and social sessions. Between year 1 and 2, major adjustments were made to the architecture and design of the space, leading to improvement in the nature of interaction between the participants. While virtual meetings will likely never supplant the effectiveness of face-to-face meetings, this paper seeks to outline a few design principles learned from this experience, which can be applied generally to make computer mediated collaboration more effective. Full article
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