Virtual worlds research conference in Second Life

When Linden Lab removed the land tier discount for academic and non-profit institutions, and most organisations simply moved to an OpenSim-grid instead, one started to see less and less announcements about academia in Second Life — with research grants cut to a bare minimum, SL tier, specially for long-lived projects requiring a lot of virtual space, is simply not affordable for most research projects.

Still, OpenSim is not Second Life. It’s getting there, but a lot of projects requiring a certain degree of stability, features, and content, will require Second Life to work. On the other hand, it’s also still where the largest population of virtual world residents are located: with the current trend of commercial OpenSim grids, after becoming successful, removing the possibility of hyper-teleporting to them, it means that there are more and more large OpenSim-based grids isolated from each other.

When announcing an event for the research community that works in these areas it’s thus only natural to use Second Life as the platform for that event.

SLActions is a research conference about metaverse platforms unlike any other. A few are in-world only. Most are held in a single physical space, and some sessions might include “visiting” a virtual world or two. Others have a few sessions or even whole tracks dedicated to exploring virtual worlds.

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