Sunday, February 12, 2017

2017 EDU: OSHG: A proposal for a web-world to support nonprofits in virtual worlds.

A proposal for a web-world to support 
nonprofits in virtual worlds
Nonprofit Commons is developing a plan to put a web-world on a web page at its website.  Here is a preliminary plan for developing the web-world


  • A small virtual world that can be embedded in a web page 
  • And can be entered from there.  
  • Example:  Cybalounge updated: now with voice!
  • No download, no install. Choose an avatar, type a name, enter.
  • Supports voice, audio stream, webpage display, avatars, furniture.
  • Resources for inworld builds are limited; best use voice and web-links.
  • Web-worlds can be as secure as any other browser communication,
  • though the initial versions may not meet strong security requirements.
  • Summary of the HIPAA Security Rule

The plan

  • Nonprofit Commons will have a web-world on its web page.
  • The web-world will be available for use by all interested organizations.
  • Provided they are nonprofit or non-commercial.
  • The objective is to have people there to welcome people.
  • It will attract more attention if it has people and action most of the time.  
  • This is a draft plan.  It will change.  We will be smarter next month. 

General plan

  • Cybalounge will create and maintain a single web-world:
  • To host events for nonprofits and other non-commercial activities.
  • Cybalounge will provide embedding code to put the world on web sites.
  • Embedding a world is much like embedding a video.
  • Initially, visitors only select an avatar and enter the name they want to use.
  • Some restrictions may be needed to control griefers.

Offering the web-world on the web

  • Nonprofit Commons  will embed the web-world in its web page
  • The embed code may be offered to participating organizations for their web sites.
  • Participants will propose times when they will sponsor events at the web-world.
  • Events may be conferences in voice among members of the organization.
  • Or events may be more elaborate if permitted by available support.
  • The sole requirement for an events is that someone be in the web-world.
  • The event schedule will be on the web-world page and promoted elsewhere.
  • The page with the web-world could also embed videos and streaming video.


  • The project will be free to participants.  
  • Selby Evans will cover any reasonable costs.

Features needed beyond basics

  • Sit scripts 
  • Web page displays (url selectable)
  • Web place opener, opens  new page (url selectable)
  • Audio-music stream (source selectable)
  • Selectable means that participants can select at any time.
  • Participants are people in charge of running the web-world.
  • Visitors are people who just drop in.
  • We also need a way to notify participants that they have a visitor.

Participant powers: set the scene, control griefers

  • Set url for web-page displays.
  • Set url for a web -page opener.
  • Set the audio-music stream.
  • Identify each visitor's sound input.
  • Adjust the sound volume for each visitor.
  • Set the sound volume for a visitor to zero.
  • Remove and ban (by IP address) any selected visitor.

Suggested details for the set

  • The web-world set is much like a stage setting:
  • Designed for the effect we want to produce with minimum resources.
  • Effect: Friendly, welcoming living room with plenty of space for more people.
  • The basic set will be arm chairs with sit scripts in a simple outdoors setting.
  • The chairs will be arranged roughly in a circle, as for a casual meeting.
  • A few web-page displays will be around. 
  • The entry point will be near the chair circle with a sign facing entry point: 
  • "Welcome:  Come in and talk with us.

Communication beyond talk (TBD)

  • Evaluate and select the best ways to handle text conversations.
  • Separate Iframe?
  • Group conversations (stored for recovery)
  • Private IMs  (stored for recovery)
  • File transfer

"Yes, but I have a much better world.."

  • Of course. We all know that. The people of the flat web don't know that.
  • And the flat-webbers have never downloaded and installed a viewer. 
  • They know how to install an app.  
  • Firestorm has recently made the download-install process more like an app install.
  • We know that a viewer is easy to install.
  • And it takes little space on the hard drives we got.   
  • Most important: We know why we want a viewer.  
  • The flat-webbers don't know any of that.  
  • With all our smarts, of course we're smart enough to reach out to the flat-web.
  • We can meet the flat-webber in the only world they know.  
  • We can poke a hole in that flat web and show them our real virtual worlds.  
  • "We can't show you much in this cramped browser space, 
  • but there are other worlds beyond.  We can show you the way."
  • And right on that same page, we can show videos of us using those worlds. 
  • We will give them a reason to do that download, install, register act.  
  • We will even talk them through the job if they need help.  
  • That gets them into that better world you have.

News and Notes


    The Hypergrid WIP Show

    • The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress or recently completed. 
    • Everyone is invited.  Building, scripting, promotion, entertainment-- whatever you are working on.
    • Selby will be doing test video capture of presentations in voice.  These may be posted on YouTube.
    • Presentations are in voice and text.  
    • For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  
    • Voice presentations may be captured in video.  
    • Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog and elsewhere.

    Next WIP show

    • Next WIP show: Sun. Feb. 12, Noon SLT 
    • Pandora Location: (second Sunday of the month)

    • Pandora Location: (second Sunday of the month)
    • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
    • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
    • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora

    • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
    • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
    • II 
    • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
    • hop:// II/68/369/22

            Previous Articles from the WIP show 

            HG links-- depending on your interests 

            Communities in the virtual worlds

            Radio in the virtual worlds

            Metaverse beginner help

                                Schools in virtual worlds

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