Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Central Florida Memory Comes to Second Life

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following announcement was gleaned from a posting by Gregg Gronlund of the Orange County [Florida] Library System to the public genealogy mailing list known as [GeneaLibrarian]. This is the third group in Second Life of particular interest to genealogists. See also DearMYRTLE's Get a Second Life, Genealogists, DearMYRTLE's Second Life: A new type of genealogy society , and “Giving Maps a Second Life with Digital Technologies” linked at David Rumsey Map Collection. Sounds like you ought to check out Second Life, doesn't it?

Central Florida Memory Comes to Second Life

The Orange County Library System (OCLS) has brought the Central Florida Memory Project to the virtual world of Second Life.

Central Florida Memory is an ongoing collaborative digitization project whose partners include

  • the Orange County Library System (OCLS)
  • the University of Central Florida Libraries
  • the Orange County Regional History Center
  • Rollins College
  • the Museum of Seminole County History

Staff members from OCLS have recreated a turn of the century Florida homestead, complete
with cracker house, barn, school house, and more. Visitors to the virtual exhibit will be treated to an interactive and immersive experience that will allow them to *touch* virtual objects for more
information about Central Florida Memory.

Virtual *computers* will provide links to more information, as well as presentations on building
a virtual exhibit, how to start a digitization project, the types of documents included in Central Florida Memory, and more.

A free Second Life standard account is required in order to view and participate in the exhibit. Once the account is obtained, the location of the exhibit can be found here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eduisland%204/188/56/24/

Questions can be directed to robinson.kathryn@ocls.info, or to gronlund.gregg@ocls.info.

*In World* questions can be sent to Laurel Zenovka or Zeno Zapatero. The exhibit is available on an ongoing basis.