Vol 2, No 5 (2009)

The Metaverse Assembled

Issue Editors: Hanan Gazit, MetaverSense Ltd and H.I.T-Holon, Institute of Technology, Israel; D. Linda Garcia, Georgetown University, USA; Garrison LeMasters, Georgetown University, USA; Leonel Morgado, UTAD, Portugal.

This issue features the best papers from the SLACTIONS 2009 conference, as well as papers sumbitted directly to the Journal.  The metaverse is emerging, through the increasing use of virtual worlds' technologies that act as platforms for end-users to create, develop, and interact, expanding the realm of human cooperation, interaction, and creativity.

This issue focuses on applications and developments of metaverse platforms, including: Second Life, OpenSim, Open Croquet, Activeworlds, Open Source Metaverse, Project Wonderland, among others, and presents papers examining the integration of metaverse platforms with external systems, integration of platforms, GIS/metaverse mash-ups, and using metaverse platforms for cooperation.

Cover art for this issue was provided by Paul Driver.

Table of Contents

SLACTIONS 2009 Selected Papers

Who am I - and if so, where? A Study on Personality in Virtual Realities PDF
Benjamin Gregor Aas, Katharina Meyerbröker, Paul M. G. Emmelkamp
Digital Guqin Museum from a Virtual World to the Real World : Conception and design of an ongoing cultural sim PDF
Shuen-git Chow
Second Life Unplugged: A Design for Fostering At-risk Students' STEM Agency PDF
Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell, Dor Abrahamson
Building Knowledge in the Virtual World – Influence of Real Life Relationships PDF
Ana Loureiro, Teresa Bettencourt
Metaverse: Building Affective Systems and Its Digital Morphologies in Virtual Environments PDF
Donizetti Louro, Tania Fraga, Maurício Pontuschka
Brands and Consumption in Virtual Worlds PDF
Ioanna Nikolaou
A Second Life First Year Experience PDF
Paul Penfold, Peter Duffy
Some Remarks on Ontological-Cognitive Structures in the Metaverse PDF
Luis Carlos Petry
ArchHouseGenerator – A Framework for House Generation PDF
Nuno Rodrigues, Luís Magalhães, João Paulo Moura, Alan Chalmers, Filipe Santos, Leonel Morgado
The Ontological Aspects of Puzzles into Metaverses PDF
Cristiano Natal Tonéis, Luís Carlos Petry

Peer Reviewed Research Papers

The effects of Avatars’ Gender and Appearance on Social Behavior in Online 3D Virtual Worlds PDF
Domna Banakou, Konstantinos Chorianopoulos
Evaluating Participation in an International Bilingual Virtual World Educational Intervention for Youth PDF
Laura Beals, Marina Umaschi Bers
Compounding the Results: The Integration of Virtual Worlds with the Semantic Web PDF
Charles J. Lesko, Yolanda A. Hollingsworth
Staging the New Retail Drama: at a Metaverse near you! PDF
Savvas Papagiannidis, Michael Bourlakis
Producing knowledge in collaborative research about virtual worlds: discursive constructions of Second Life PDF
Louise Jane Phillips
My Second Life as a Cyber Border Crosser PDF
Carleen D. Sanchez

Essays

Trucking Towards a Virtual World: The Development and Implementation of FMCSA’s Transportation Nation Second Life Island PDF
Adam Schlicht

“Think Pieces”

The Essence of Virtuality: Exploring the Digital Body PDF
Mark Ortwein
Implications for Virtual Worlds: A Comparative Study of United Kingdom, United States and Australia on Network Readiness, Government Investment and Cyber-security. PDF
Kate Roth

Assembled (rush to press papers)

Culture of the Cloud PDF
Tom Boellstorff
ExtSim: A Flexible Data Mapping and Synchronization Middleware for Scientific Visualization in Virtual Worlds PDF
Johan Berntsson, Norman Lin, Zoltan Dezso
The Effects of Avatar Appearance in Virtual Worlds PDF
Nicholas Merola, Jorge Peña


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