[SLHEALTH] New items: Get ready for Metaverse1!

Maged Kamel Boulos maged.kamelboulos at plymouth.ac.uk
Fri Jul 18 07:35:55 PDT 2008

We have a new paper covering, among other things, Second Life and its future, written with colleagues at Yale University (see below), in addition to many recently added resources at http://healthcybermap.org/sl.htm including a new presentation on data visualization in 3-D virtual worlds, a recent BMJ article entitled 'Surgeons have held conferences in Second Life', information about the emerging 'MPEG-V for Virtual Worlds' ISO standard and the Metaverse1 Consortium, SLurl of the Veterans Health Administration in SL (part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs), the latest news about, and fashions in, hands-free gesture-controlled 3-D navigation (like CamSpace and 3DV Systems), news about how the mirror world of Google Earth is rapidly becoming a 3-D virtual world (see, for example, how Walt Disney World Resort has been faithfully recreated in true 3-D in Google Earth), and many more items...

The paper:
Web GIS in practice VI: a demo "playlist" of geo-mashups for public health neogeographers
Maged N Kamel Boulos, Matthew Scotch, Kei-Hoi Cheung, David Burden
International Journal of Health Geographics 2008, 7:38 (18 July 2008)
'Mashup' was originally used to describe the mixing together of musical tracks to create a new piece of music. The term now refers to Web sites or services that weave data from different sources into a new data source or service. Using a musical metaphor that builds on the origin of the word 'mashup', this paper presents a demonstration "playlist" of four geo-mashup vignettes that make use of a range of Web 2.0, Semantic Web, and 3-D Internet methods, with outputs/end-user interfaces spanning the flat Web (two-dimensional -- 2-D maps), a three-dimensional -- 3-D mirror world (Google Earth) and a 3-D virtual world (Second Life (R)). The four geo-mashup "songs" in this "playlist" are: 'Web 2.0 and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for infectious disease surveillance', 'Web 2.0 and GIS for molecular epidemiology', 'Semantic Web for GIS mashup', and 'From Yahoo! Pipes to 3-D, avatar-inhabited geo-mashups'. It is hoped that this showcase of examples and ideas, and the pointers we are providing to the many online tools that are freely available today for creating, sharing and reusing geo-mashups with minimal or no coding, will ultimately spark the imagination of many public health practitioners and stimulate them to start exploring the use of these methods and tools in their day-to-day practice. The paper also discusses how today's Web is rapidly evolving into a much more intensely immersive, mixed-reality and ubiquitous socio-experiential Metaverse that is heavily interconnected through various kinds of user-created mashups.

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