PVDS Weekly Speaker Series Guest Jon Himoff, CEO Rezzable Fri. Nov. 12th 3pm PDT

Please join us as we welcome Jonathan Himoff, CEO of Rezzable at the weekly Professional Virtua Designer’s Society on Friday, November 12h from 3-4 PM SLT in the 21C region of Second Life.

Jon (RightAsRain Rimbaud) believes that web-based virtual world are the beginning of a very exciting direction toward the 3D Web, where a new type of interaction with information, content and people will be possible. Further, the avatar will be the essential interface/guide/companion for this dynamic new environment. Rezzable was founded in order to take a lead in establishing engaging users experiences and get the most out of new 3D web platforms as well as web services. Prior to founding Rezzable in 2007, Jon held CEO-roles at enterprise-software development and services companies that delivered innovation solutions via hosted platforms and advanced planning technologies.

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Professional Virtua Designers’ Society

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The purpose of the Professional Virtua Designers’ Society is to promote and protect the social, economic and professional interests of its members.

The Society is committed to improving conditions for all digital artists designing and developing virtual goods and products intended to be used in virtual worlds. It is also committed to raising standards for the entire emerging industry. The Society embraces digital artists at all skill levels and provides professional development to lift these special content creators to new levels of professionalism and skill.

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Call for Proposals, 2011 Virtua Designer Conference Jan 25-27 in ScienceSim

2011 Virtua Designer Conference
January 25-27, 2011
ScienceSim

The field of virtual goods is in its nascent, formative stages. The road is open to express and define what virtual goods are, and how they may be best developed and used.  The field is new and exciting, but it should be informed by design disciplines that have evolved before it.

With issues of standardization, intellectual property concerns, micropayments, and even interoperability between virtual worlds now under consideration, the world of customer-generated content has shifted.  In order to be prepared, existing research should be showcased and new research areas defined.

We are calling for proposals for poster sessions to be held in conjunction with the 2011 Virtua Designer Conference in the OpenSim-based ScienceSim grid.

The Call for Proposals is organized around the idea of content and business, and topics that fall within this broad outline will be considered.  Some ideas that  may be considered include international copyright and intellectual property rights issues; content development methodology; micropayments and transactions; emerging platforms; professional development; asset management and curation systems; best practices; as well as areas which others may be working in.

How to Submit:

Submit a short proposal (500 words or less) describing your topic, project, or research by November 15, 2010 to CALL FOR PROPOSALS.

All submissions and presentations must allow the creation of derivative works such as video and photography that show the original work, with appropriate attribution. By submitting a proposal you agree to these terms.

Acceptance announcements will be made during the week of December 1, 2010. All presenters will be offered free admission to the conference.

Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance decisions will be made based the proposal’s Relevance, Significance, Originality, Quality and Clarity.

A submission is RELEVANT when

  • it directly addresses one or more of the many business/content considerations

A submission is SIGNIFICANT when

  • it raises and discusses issues important to improving the quality and standards for digital assets, and
  • its contents can be broadly disseminated and understood by the informed creator audience

A submission is ORIGINAL when

  • it addresses a new problem or an existing challenge that hasn’t been studied in depth,
  • it takes a novel approach to resolving or answering existing questions
  • it provides a perspective on challenges in a unique way

A submission is of HIGH QUALITY when

  • existing literature is drawn upon, and / or
  • claims are supported by sufficient data, and / or
  • an appropriate methodology is selected and properly implemented, and / or
  • limitations are described honestly

A submission is CLEARLY developed when

  • it is organized effectively, and / or
  • the development appropriately and effectively uses the immersive, 3D environment effectively and well
  • the poster reflects the 3D world, is interactive, and enables new understanding

Questions?

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Fashion Research Institute Collaborates with Intel Labs to Bring Premium Content to Science Sim

FRI has been collaborating with Intel Labs since 2009, helping to push the limits of content development in Science Sim. We are active participants in the Science Sim Senate Meetings, held each Friday morning on the Kepler Region.

On October 12th, Dr. Mic Bowman, the principal engineer in Intel Labs, who leads the Virtual World Infrastructure research project, was interviewed on ISNTV, Teach Parallel talking about Science Sim and FRI’s developments within the platform.

Science Sim Discussed on ISNTV Teach Parallel

Dr. Mic Bowman Interviewed About Science Sim

Recently, FRI announced our further collaboration with Intel Labs to provide users with premium content to give users a launching pad for their Science Sim exploration.

All items included in the Science Sim content library from FRI are covered by a license.  The class of the content determines the exact license. Scripts are covered by BSD, GPL, Creative Commons, and Public Domain licenses. All other content contributed is covered by Fashion Research Institute’s content license.

To read the full press release visit http://fashionresearchinstitute.com/news/new.html

Leveraging the Power of Virtual Worlds for Collaboration

FRI publishes white papers on topics of interest. Topics can include OpenSim legal considerations; content standards; licensing concerns; virtual world immersion; and new paradigms in on-line immersive education.

This week we released “Leveraging the Power of Virtual Worlds for Collaboration“, which discusses using virtual worlds to restructure entire industries and engineer new business processes, with a particular emphasis on the apparel (fashion) industry. The information shared includes:

* Value Proposition of Virtual Worlds
* Why the Apparel Industry
* B2C Use Case – Avatar Apparel
* Collaboration Use Case – Education
* B2B Case Study: ACLA and FRI
* B2B Case Study: IBM Research
* B2B Case Study: Intel Corporation

You can pick up a FREE copy of this white paper by visiting our website. We hope you will find this information useful and we encourage your comments/feedback.

Content & Licensing in Virtual Worlds

We are seeing an increase of something that we find disturbing on many levels: self-created licenses for content.

The reasons we find these licenses is disturbing are many: in general, content creators are not lawyers, nor do they seek legal counsel in developing their license agreements.  These agreements are often poorly framed or worded. The agreements do not indicate what legal jurisdiction and what laws of what country govern them.  And, scariest of all, some of these licenses attempt to ‘reverse engineer’ previous licensing agreements.

Any software developer will understand why licenses cannot be changed after something has been issued.  Others will have used that original bit of code issued under one license, which has its own unique set of requirements and restrictions.  These users may have even created a product that incorporates the original bit of code.  If coders were allowed to change their original license terms, that means that anything created with that original bit of code would also be subject to these new terms, which might be more restrictive than the initial license agreement. Trouble, heartache and grief and legal strife lies that way, and so once something has been released under one license, that is the license that governs its use for all time.

Likewise, content creators can’t change their license terms after the fact.  We see this increasingly with content creators who have been developing for Second Life®, where they are suddenly changing their terms of agreement for previous purchasers.  Unfortunately, licensing doesn’t work that way. If you license content under one agreement, you cannot legally to make a unilateral change in the licensing agreement unless you have included language to this effect in the original license.

It’s just like the coders with their software licenses: if they were allowed to change the license type, that change would create a legal and administrative nightmare and no one would use their code as a result.   Users would be afraid to, since they wouldn’t know if they had to try to track everywhere that code was used, in what products, and how the licensing might change the usefulness and applicability.

Since most of these licenses are not developed by actual lawyers, but by the content creators themselves, those agreements are missing certain critical and important terms…such as a clause enabling the content creator to make changes to the licensing agreement at will with appropriate notification to purchasers of that content going forward.

We have been working with a team of American Bar Association lawyers for the past 18 months, developing legal templates that content creators will be able to use as a ‘jumping off’ point for their own agreements.  These agreements are only suitable for organizations or individuals who are based in the United States, and of course, legal counsel should be sought to help further develop them. Towards the end of October, we will be publishing these legal templates for content creators to use in developing their own legal agreements for licensing.

We will also be publishing our legal primer for content creators, which is intended to help content creators navigate the murky waters of content creation and licensing for OpenSim-based worlds.

Virtua Society Kicks Off Weekly Speakers Series

We’re thrilled to kick-off our weekly speakers series at the Professional Virtua Designer Society this Friday, September 10th, 2010 at Noon PDT.

Join us as we welcome Callipygian Christensen, who will be addressing the  challenges and advantages of creating 2D art in a virtual world.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/21C%20Interactive/74/29/22/

Shooting a variety of subjects, Callipygian Christensen uses SL snapshots  to document her view of the Second Life® we lead. Calli displays some unretouched images, but also uses post-processing to create photographic art – removing ugly angles and texture blurs caused by SL animation and movement, and to enrich the depth and tone of SL colors.

Calli presents images in many different styles, from portraits to landscapes, from the mundane to the erotic, and  has won Best in Show awards in numerous juried SL arts contests and Fan Favorite ballots.

Professional Virtua Designers’ Society

The purpose of the Professional Virtua Designers’ Society is to promote and protect the social, economic and professional interests of its members.

The Society is committed to improving conditions for all digital artists designing and developing virtual goods and products intended to be used in virtual worlds.  It is also committed to raising standards for the entire emerging industry. The Society embraces digital artists at all skill levels and provides professional development to lift these special content creators to new levels of professionalism and skill.

Fashion Research Institute Announces Butterfly Exhibit Grant Applications Now Open

Fashion Research Institute is pleased to announce the offering of five grant awards to educators around the world to further evolve and develop an exhibit of over 100 unique species of butterflies Shengril La Chamomilein an immersive learning environment using the OpenSim platform, which is an open source virtual world platform that allows actual users to change their digital environment. Using virtual worlds gives educators powerful tools to offer both synchronous and asynchronous education, research, and simulation.

For more information please visit our website. There you will find complete details on applying for this grant valued at over $75,000.