The Virtual Avatar Training and Recreation programme (VATAR) is a regular opportunity to get together in Second Life and meet others involved in the the Virtual Collaboration Environment. There are regular sessions where you can meet other people from across the community who are involved in Virtual Worlds and discuss what they are doing, ask for hints and tips and learn new skills. You are encouraged to come along, join in and share.
Gain experience with your avatar in fun sessions:
And rather more serious tutorials to help you get theost out of attending events in the 3D space:
And then, when you feel you are ready, try the VATAR Ultimate Challenge Course.
This programme is based on the Virtual University of Edinburgh's VATAR programme, which you can see described here.
|29-Oct-2009 09:00 EDT||Scuba Diving|
|Open Challenge||Ultimate Challenge||http://slurl.com/secondlife/VCE/128/128/22/|
|24-Sep-2009 09:00 EDT||http://slurl.com/secondlife/VCE/193/81/45/||3 attendees|
|3-Sep-2009 09:00 EDT||Voice||http://slurl.com/secondlife/VCE/193/81/45/||7 attendees|
|27-Aug-2009 09:00 EDT||Scuba Diving||4 attendees|
|20-Aug-2009 09:00 EDT||http://slurl.com/secondlife/VCE/193/81/45/||4 attendees|
A 3D Virtual Collaboration Environment is under development for your community in Second Life.
If you do not already have a Second Life "avatar" please get one first. Some guidance can be found here:
After you have your Second Life avatar, and have completed the initial orientation tour, please visit the OpenVCE collaboration facility at:
OpenVCE 3D Space - I-Zone Round table for up to 25 people
Check you can receive Quicktime Streaming Video. Test without the Second Life Viewer. Run Quicktime Player for these tests and open these test URLs with File -> Open URL:
This could indicate where any problem lies, or if there are firewall access issues on the HTTP and/or RSTP standard ports. If 1) and 2) work but 3) and 4) do not the issue may be the RTSP port used... see: http://support.apple.com/kb/TA26368?viewlocale=en_US
General Firewall advice for Quicktime Use:
The Official OpenVCE logo and icon are shown here:
The double growing wave is intended to reflect a build up of community enengy.
Logo Design by Austin Tate, AIAI, University of Edinburgh, March 2009. Final Artwork by David Fliesen, USJFCOM/J5 Joint Futures, June 2009.
The OpenVCE "double wave" logo and the "wave" icon (using the right hand of the two waves from the logo) plus the colours adopted are listed at:
The origination formats of the logo (.ai, .dxf, .esp, .fla, psd) are available at:
A range of raster versions (.gif, .jpg, .ico, .png) are available at:
The main logo uses 3 greys, although there is also a version that is set on a white backgound for use when needed.
On the current web site, a warm brown link colour and salmon highlighter colour are also used.
|Logo Background Colour ("Dark Grey" RGB: 67,67,67 #434343)|
|Logo Wave Colour ("Mid Grey" RGB: 157,157,157 #9d9d9d)|
|Logo Text Colour ("Pale Grey" RGB: 228,228,228 #e4e4e4)|
|Link Colour ("Warm Brown" RGB: 139,69,19 #8b4513)|
|Highlight Colour ("Salmon" RGB: 211,184,165#d2b8a5)|
The old 3 blue colour logo we initially used at http://openvce.net/alt/ is still there in case its useful. But the 3 grey base is what we hope to stick with now.
OpenVCE - "Wave" Logo Colours:
Grey Alternative where needed for White Background:
Suggested Link or Highlight Colour (current used on Web Site):
Not Active at Present - Blue Alternative on Pale Blue or White:
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I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that we should NOT try to choose one that happens TODAY to have a range f features we think is important.