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The concept of ``Virtual Meeting Space'' covers several possible setups
for synchronous communication among communities:
- ``Virtual Cafés'' are places where people can hang out and meet
in very informal ways in a similar fashion as in corridors of a
conference or in the cafeteria of a university. Since on most
``serious MUDS'' people have descriptions of their research interests
which can be accessed either by ``looking'' at a person or by
using a command like ``whois xxx'', ``finger xxx'' contacts of
persons sharing the similar interest are even easier than in real life.
- ``Virtual Lobbies'' or similar ``rooms'' can be used to display
information about an organization.
A good example is ``GNA Central'' (#4156) at Diversity University MOO.
- A similar function is fulfilled by ``Resource Centers''.
Good examples are the
The Virtual STS Centre on MediaMOO
(see [Roush, 1993]) and the
Ed-Tech Resource Center (#15169) on Diversity University MOO.
- ``Meetings Rooms'' fulfill the same function as real ones, i.e.
provide space for regular meetings. Such rooms can be structured
by adding ``tables'' (a device for group discussion), white-boards,
projection devices and such.
- ``Offices'' can be used for meeting persons in a private space,
``idle quietly'', or for providing more information
about a person. An office also adds an anthropological touch by
providing a ``home'' where characters can connect to and ``sleep''.
- ``Virtual trade exhibits'' do have potential as shown by
the article of Chris Hand and Mark Skipper (see: [Hand et Skipper, 1995]).
Daniel K. Schneider
vendredi, 16 février 1996, 13:41:58 MET