2. Experimenting with Second Life

Computing Services has purchased an island in Second Life, which we call Frideswide Island, in order to explore the role 3D collaborative environments can play in teaching and research.

2.1. The Western Front

The Western Front project is looking at how virtual worlds can create opportunities to do things that are impossible in 'real' museums. By simulating parts of the Western Front, the WW1 Poetry Archive can embed an entire exhibition's worth of content within in the space. This can be further enhanced by placing digital versions of real archival materials and narratives along the paths that visitors take. The result is an immersive and personal experience. It's not 'real' but it does offer possibilities for understanding a part of history that is now beyond human memory.

Second Life avatar

For more information about this work and how to get to the island please visit the First World War Poetry Digital Archive.

2.2. Collaborative building

The Computing Services ran a competition for staff and students who were interested in building 3D vertual environments. Some screen shots of the island are available on the Frideswide Flickr web site.

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