For our US friends, it's mandatory for the IRS to require taxes on all real money earned from virtual environments.........wonder if they have a Second Life account that is going to tax the virtual money too :-)
Well, A little late, but still relevant. The first meeting of the InfoCan group took place in Second life January 3, 2007. The InfoCan group is an informal group of Canadian Institutions (Government, Universites) put together to explore Canada's "Library/Science" presence in Second Life. This group is new, and most of the work is done on our own time (i.e. no official Government endorsement has been given ....yet). I'll be posting updates here as "stuff" happens"
The group for the first meeting consisted of:
Dinnie Devonshire - Donna Dinberg, Library and Archives Canada Danu Dahlstrom - Krista Godfrey,
McMaster University Medium
Helvetic - Wayne MacPhail, prez of w8nc inc Jillianna Suisei - Jill
Hurst-Wahl (Corporate Librarian) Thudjhg
YellowJacket - John Glavine, Canada Institute of Scientific and Technical Information Rakerman YellowJacket - Richard Akerman, Canada Institute of Scientific and Technical Information
One outcome: the Canada House in Second Life is now offically called Canada Nexus; its purpose is to act as a focal point for "all things Canadian"....in Science and Libraries anyway!
There was an article yesterday from NetworkWorld talking about making Academic Research more mainstream. As opposed to most startups, iBridge is a non-profit organization. Their "selling" point is that Academic institutions may be able to market this research to each other for a profit.
Interesting posting about false Virtual Reality memories from the New Scientist Blog. The posting suggests Second Life would be an interesting case study, to see if interactions that take place in Second Life are recalled correctly. Seeing that companies are investing in Second Life to promote themselves, this seems like a good idea!
Eduisland is starting to see some new growth. The official board in the commons area shows:
Organizations List ============================ 1. University of Delaware & Cochise College 2. New York University (SCPS/McGhee Div.) 3. ARISEnet Teachers Group 4. G D Hines College of Architecture (Univ of Houston) 5. Glendale Community College, Maricopa CCD 6. Empire State College, SUNY 7. Fiction Alley (NYC) 8. Education Media Lab, Montana State University 9. George Washington University 10. Center for Advanced Technology in Education, Univ. of Oregon 11. International Society for Technology in Education 12. University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Communications 13. Otis College of Art and Design 14. Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte, NC) 15. NC State University (National Extension Initiative) 16. Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (New Zealand) 17. Loyalist College (Canada) 18. University of Cincinnati (affiliated) 19. Stanford University Libraries