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Working Group Reports and Presentations: Virtual Worlds and Virtual ExplorationScientists and engineers are continually developing innovative methods to capitalize on recent developments in computational power. Virtual worlds and virtual exploration present a new toolset for project design, implementation, and resolution. Replication of the physical world in the virtual domain provides stimulating displays to augment current data analysis techniques and to encourage public participation. In addition, the virtual domain provides stakeholders with a low cost, low risk design and test environment. The following document defines a virtual world and virtual exploration, categorizes the chief motivations for virtual exploration, elaborates upon specific objectives, identifies roadblocks and enablers for realizing the benefits, and highlights the more immediate areas of implementation (i.e. the action items). While the document attempts a comprehensive evaluation of virtual worlds and virtual exploration, the innovative nature of the opportunities presented precludes completeness. The authors strongly encourage readers to derive additional means of utilizing the virtual exploration toolset.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
LAmoreaux, Claudia (Linden Labs., Inc. State College, PA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 2006
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the Next Generation Exploration Conference
Subject Category
Meeting Information
Next Generation Exploration Conference(Moffett Field, CA)
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Public Use Permitted.

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