Wednesday, August 22, 2007

ndiipp grant to preserve virtual worlds

Many congratulations to Jerry McDonough at UIUC for his NDIIPP grant to investigate the preservation of virtual worlds. The work will be a collaborative effort between UIUC, Stanford, the University of Maryland, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Linden Lab.

In addition to developing standards for preservation metadata and content representation, the project will investigate preservation issues through archiving a series of case studies representing early games and literature and later interactive multi-player game environments.
This is very exciting. With this work and work developing around COLLADA as an interchange format for 3-D files, there's hope. We could preserve a very early text-based game like Hammurabi, a classic arcade game like Tempest, or virtual events in Second Life.

Preserving Virtual Worlds.

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