Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 OSHG: PEOPLE: EDU: Conferences, the web-world version

Conferences, the web-world version
An analysis of the activities at  an educational or research-oriented conference indicates that these can be carried out in a virtual world on a web page equipped with streaming video and web-worlds. The key is recognizing the small group activities that can be carried out in a web-world and the large audience activities that work effectively in video streaming.
  • An educational or research-oriented conference can be carried out on web pages.
  • There are two main kinds of professional activity in a conference.
  • Presentations and small group conferences. 
  • Presentations can be streamed.  Small group conferences will fit in a web-world.
  • (More after the break, scroll down!)

Metaverse events, current and upcoming


Imagine attending a professional conference on the web.  

  • No packing.  No half-day of travel.  No arrangements to be away from home.
  • And no discussion of the travel budget.
  • You go over the schedule on the web page and mark the presentations you want to attend.  
  • You probably mark them on your web calendar so it can send you notices.
  • You don't have the choose among events that are at the same time.
  • There are no overlapping events.  The conference is spread over five weekends.
  • You can do that when people go to the conference in their offices or homes


  • Each presentation gets a web page with a video frame and web-world frames.
  • The web page also has information and links given by the presenter.
  • The video frame may be blank before the presentation.
  • Or it may carry video content selected by the presenter.
  • The video frame carries the presentation, giving you the best seat in the house.  
  • The live presentation may be done on a stage or in a virtual world
  • After the presentation, the video frame probably carries a replay.
  • Other video frames on the page might carry additional video content.
  • Elsewhere on the same page, there is a web world frame.
  • There may be several such frames if the presenter wants several scenes.
  • These carry office hours and names of hosts at each time.
  • The presenter would presumably be a host,  but others might host at other times.
  • Co-authors and graduate students might also host.
  • These might provide more specialized information about their part of the research.
  • Or they might offer language-specific meetings at times that fit the language.

Web-worlds are not user-built virtual worlds

  • User-built virtual worlds can depict a huge area. 
  • They are usually arranged on a "grid" with multiple regions called "sims."
  • They can have many scenes and lots of objects. 
  • People may teleport from scene to scene.
  • The user has to download and install a viewer.
  • The user has to register in a "grid" and use a password for access.
  • They need a powerful--and expensive--computer.
  • A web-world is just one small area, just one scene with only a few objects.
  • People move from one scene to another by entering another web-world.  
  • There is nothing to download, no registration, and possibly no password.
  • They will run on low-cost laptops.
  • In summary, web-worlds are easy to use by most people.  

Web-world scenes

  • Web-worlds would replace small group discussions that occur after the presentation, in the hallway, or over dinner band drinks.  
  • Web-worlds could remain to support discusions long after the conference ended.    
  • Current web-world technology is best suited to offering a single scene.
  • People can enter the world with a name and an avatar choice.  
  • In a conference, both of these might be maintained by the conference.
  • Thus, to register, a person would provide a display name and an avatar.
  • (An avatar exists as a file to be uploaded.  Avatars can be based on photographs.)
  • Some people would have their own avatars, perhaps looking much like them.
  • A conference would also offer a choice of avatars for those who needed them.
  • The conference web pages would be identity-secured.
  • So that a registered person would carry the same name and avatar all the time.


  • Presentations could be made before a live audience of local people.
  • Or they could be made in a scene relevant to the subject.
  • A researcher might present in the laboratory, by the apparatus she is describing.
  • Or the presenter might use a virtual world to show a scene not suitable for live video.
  • The web-world scenes could duplicate the scenes in the presentation.
  • Or they might duplicate specific details of part of the presentation.
  • Or they might offer web links to related content.
  • They would be constructed to support whatever discussion is expected.


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. March 26, Noon SLT 
  • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
  • 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
  • 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

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