The GeoGlobe takes feeds (currently KML, GeoRSS and RSS) as input and displays them as properly geolocated prims onto the GeoGlobe [in Second Life]. We undertook this project to experiment with how “real world” data can be visualized effectively within the immersive environment that is SL. Far too often, designers/builders in SL rely on old user interaction paradigms for displaying information. We wanted to push the boundaries a bit for how users can interact with feeds of data available on the web by bringing them into SL in the context of a Google Earth-like experience.
Josh is all too right about people often not using Second Life’s native advantages (such as object scripting) to the fullest. He was at SciFoo last year, where he gave an impressive demo of the Information Commons, a peer-to-peer model for updating GIS information. This here GeoGlobe is just as impressive, and just what I was looking for as a way of visualizing the locations of Swedish embassies around the world in our upcoming virtual embassy in Second Life. Here I am checking it out: