Excuse the interruption of coverage on Ogle Earth, despite there being obvious virtual globe news to report, but things can get a little hectic over at the Swedish Institute. Yesterday we launched Linnaeus300.com, a site that uses Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus’ 300th birthday as an excuse to bring science into the classrooms — one question a week meant to elicit discussions and feedback. (Pardon the Flash — I know it needs to go). I played my part by organizing a little side-meeting of Swedish science bloggers, getting them to agree that setting up a kind of Planet GS but for science (in Swedish) would be a good idea. James Fee, I need to talk to you:-)
And then I’m partly to blame for this:
Sweden is to become the first country to establish diplomatic representation in the virtual reality world of Second Life, officials said.
“We are planning to establish a Swedish embassy in Second Life primarily as an information portal for Sweden,” Swedish Institute (SI) director Olle Wästberg told AFP.
I’ll be project-managing that particular effort. The plan wasn’t to announce first and produce later, but that was before the Swedish media got hold of the story. At least in the worst-case scenario, we’ll have been the first to announce an intention to have a government presence in Second Life:-).
And now I’m in Berlin for the weekend, which also puts a serious damper on blog productivity. But stay tuned.