CASA moves into Second Life
22 August 2007
Second Life, the online environment where millions of users have bought space to occupy as online avatars, has an interesting new resident. Researchers from the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) have moved into Second Nature, 'Nature' magazine's island in the virtual world.
CASA are using the space to research the modelling of cities, as well as to communicate the growth and diversity of cities. They have already installed graphic models of London showing different data for the city, and 'Urban Bubbles' that show panoramic views of London locations. They have also placed globes showing different national indices such as gross domestic product.
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Image: Two screenshots showing CASA's activities in Second Life (courtesy Andrew Hudson-Smith)