Thursday, October 12, 2006

Grand Opening Second Life Medical Library and móre!

You just got to visit InfoIsland the next few day! Today starts a three day eventfull program with Grand Openings, great talks and a lot of beautiful things to see!
How about: Virtual Worlds and Education ?
Or: Virtual Worlds and Alternate Realities - Where Do Libraries Fit In?
And of course the Grand Opening of the Second Life Medical and Consumer Health Library on Saturday 14th October. Here's the agenda.

Times are in Second Life / U.S. Pacific Time (-7 or -8 GMT, depending on daylight savings)
The Opening will start at the SL Medical Library (Info Island 165, 204, 33).
Saturday 14th October
  • 09:30-9:40 - Namro Orman on the project Medical Library in Sl
  • 09:40-9:50 - Marymac Dougall on Breast Cancer Awareness
  • 09:50-10:00 - Coreshadow Bordiga on the Project Virtual Hospital
  • 10:00-10:15 - Quick Tour Medical Library building and Herb Garden
  • 10:15-10:20 - Location change to the Consumer Health Library, Info Island II (227, 202, 23)
  • 10:20-10:30 - Carolina Keats on the Consumer Health Library and Tour
  • 10:30-10:40 - Second location change to (normally private) islands Asterix/Obelix for live sims. (Instructions will follow)
  • 10:40 -11:55 - Moriz Gupta on training of health care staff within SL, the project IBAPP (Idaho Bioterrorism Awareness and Preparedness Program) and SL, and very, very special live sims!
  • (11.55 - Very quickly BACK TO INFO ISLAND for:
  • 12:00 p.m. sl - Ribbon Cutting and Special Speaker - Info island Open Air Auditorium (Info Island 143, 82, 34) - Katt Kongo, editor, Metaverse Messenger )

Carolina and I (and all others participating) would like to welcome you on this event!
Come and have a look! And if you can not make it, comment on this blog, email or IM us and we will make an appointment to do a personal Tour later.

Self-Guided Tour
If you want to do a tour all by yourself: in the SL Medical and Consumer Health Library you can get a Tour Guide. It is a so-called Heads-Up Display and contains of a pre-defined chat-session.

You first get a copy of the Tour Guide Tool and from within your Inventory you choose WEAR. A blue button will appear in the Left-Top screen. Click on it and read the chat lines! You can that way walk the complete tour in the SLML ánd CHIL.

Stroke Support Group Second Life:  Sojourner display
Stroke Support Group Second Life: Sojourner display

Friday, October 06, 2006

Education and Research BOOMING in Second Life!

I promised to let you know how the presentation of John Bradford went.
Well, follow the link and see the transcripts, the presentation ánd the demo movie!According to The SIMTEACH blog it was perhaps the largest edu event in the Metaverse ....Simteach is really a great site. The subtitle is:"Information and Community for Educators using M.U.V.E.'s(Multi-User Virtual Environments )
Reference: Schwartz, D. L., Bransford, J. D., & Sears, D. (2005). Efficiency and innovation in transfer. In J. Mestre (Ed.), Transfer of learning from a modern multidisciplinary perspective (pp. 1-51). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

One of the Second Life Medical Library missions is to identify and list all relevant activities on the following subjects:

  • Support groups (patient groups in SL) for possible outreach from the Consumer Health Library (more on this later!)
  • Educational, Clinical and Research activities with relation to Health Information or any Medical subject.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Rss-feeds in Second Life Medical Library and Consumer Health Library.

At this moment we offer the following rss-feeds in the Second Life Medical Library and the Consumer Health Library:
  • All Google Health News concerning Consumer Health (RSS)
    This feed is based on a News search for Consumer health OR (alternative OR complementary) but at the same time limited to the Health section!
  • Reuters Health News (RSS)
  • New PubMed records on Consumer Health Information: for this we limited with the subset command: jsubsetk (RSS)
  • NEW! Breast Cancer RSS. A Pubmed search concentrated to focus on Breast Cancer info. (RSS)
  • New exciting news from our own Blog "Second Life Medical Library" (RSS)

We can make any feed visible in your place.

As the RSS-reader in SL can only accept real RSS-format, I use to convert these feeds.

How about that for tailor-made services?

Who wants to see how it works on this blog?

Monday, October 02, 2006

Ain't Misbehavin'

Sitting here, invited by the Sojourner to join her at a folk concert, live, at MillionsofUs - the grid goes down and the guys keep playing. One of them takes off a capella, doing 'ain't misbehaving' - coming out live from my little pc speaker, just a beautiful voice. The grid goes down but folks are still hanging in there. The singer says, checking the meter, that about 15 people are still out here listening. Sitting at desks or balancing laptops in so many places, sharing the harp riffs and vocal grace in a place that's nowhere; the guys know us by our metered numbers. the audience is shown in that sad 'away' head-hung mode, but nothing's moving. Even the hung grid is alive.

One more listener joined the group - only 5 or 6 have left. We're all sitting here listening.