Will your next poster session be in Second Life?

Stephen T Huang, Maged N Kamel Boulos and Robert P Dellavalle published an article in EMBO Reports about Second Life, the virtual world under the title, Scientific discourse 2.0. Will your next poster session be in Second Life? Some excerpts:

Second Life provides a space in which scientists interested in the freedom of discourse have held meetings to discuss the use of the Internet for medical education and the exchange of ideas. Following on their heels, scientific publishers such as Nature Publishing Group have used their virtual ‘real estate’ in Second Life® to offer scientists access to the literature, databases, discussion forums and other applications. The Wiley publication group (Hoboken, NJ, USA) has opened a virtual bookstore on Second Life® and has published many online guides to becoming an entrepreneur within the online universe.

The question is whether there is sufficient interest within the scientific and medical communities to use online universes to apply a Web 2.0 approach to discuss scientific issues or, more generally, to enhance communication among researchers.


Some of my posts dedicated to the educational opportunities of Second Life: