The Metaverse Assembled

The JVWR, Volume 2, No. 5 (2009)

Published: June 14, 2010

The editorial team for this issue includes:

Hanan Gazit, MetaverSense Ltd and H.I.T-Holon Institute of Technology, Israel

D. Linda Garcia, Georgetown University, USA

Garrison LeMasters, Georgetown University, USA

Leonel Morgado, UTAD, Portugal

Cover art for this issue was provided by Paul Driver.

The Metaverse Assembled issue features the best papers from the SLACTIONS 2009 conference, as well as, peer reviewed articles sumbitted directly to the Journal.  The metaverse is emerging, through the increasing use of virtual world technologies that act as platforms for end-users to create, develop, and interact, expanding the realm of human cooperation, interaction, and creativity.

SLACTIONS 2009 Selected Papers

Who am I – and if so, where? A Study on Personality in Virtual Realities

Benjamin Gregor Aas, Katharina Meyerbröker, Paul M. G. Emmelkamp

Digital Guqin Museum from a Virtual World to the Real World : Conception and design of an ongoing cultural sim

Shuen-git Chow

Second Life Unplugged: A Design for Fostering At-risk Students’ STEM Agency

Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell, Dor Abrahamson

Building Knowledge in the Virtual World – Influence of Real Life Relationships

Ana Loureiro, Teresa Bettencourt

Metaverse: Building Affective Systems and Its Digital Morphologies in Virtual Environments

Donizetti Louro, Tania Fraga, Maurício Pontuschka

Brands and Consumption in Virtual Worlds

Ioanna Nikolaou

A Second Life First Year Experience

Paul Penfold, Peter Duffy

Some Remarks on Ontological-Cognitive Structures in the Metaverse

Luis Carlos Petry

ArchHouseGenerator – A Framework for House Generation

Nuno Rodrigues, Luís Magalhães, João Paulo Moura, Alan Chalmers, Filipe Santos, Leonel Morgado

The Ontological Aspects of Puzzles into Metaverses

Cristiano Natal Tonéis, Luís Carlos Petry

Peer Reviewed Research Papers

The effects of Avatars’ Gender and Appearance on Social Behavior in Online 3D Virtual Worlds

Domna Banakou, Konstantinos Chorianopoulos

Evaluating Participation in an International Bilingual Virtual World Educational Intervention for Youth

Laura Beals, Marina Umaschi Bers

Compounding the Results: The Integration of Virtual Worlds with the Semantic Web

Charles J. Lesko, Yolanda A. Hollingsworth

Staging the New Retail Drama: at a Metaverse near you!

Savvas Papagiannidis, Michael Bourlakis

My Second Life as a Cyber Border Crosser

Carleen D. Sanchez

Producing knowledge in collaborative research about virtual worlds: discursive constructions of Second Life

Louise Jane Phillips


Trucking Towards a Virtual World: The Development and Implementation of FMCSA’s Transportation Nation Second Life Island

Adam Schlicht

“Think Pieces”

The Essence of Virtuality: Exploring the Digital Body

Mark Ortwein

Implications for Virtual Worlds: A Comparative Study of United Kingdom, United States and Australia on Network Readiness, Government Investment and Cyber-security

Kate Roth

Assembled (Rush to Press Papers)

Culture of the Cloud

Tom Boellstorff

ExtSim: A Flexible Data Mapping and Synchronization Middleware for Scientific Visualization in Virtual Worlds

Johan Berntsson, Norman Lin, Zoltan Dezso

The Effects of Avatar Appearance in Virtual Worlds

Nicholas Merola, Jorge Peña