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Scientific discourse 2.0. Will your next poster session be in Second Life®?

June 2, 2008

EMBO reports 9, 6, 496–499 (2008)

Scientific discourse 2.0. Will your next poster session be in Second Life®?

Stephen T Huang1, Maged N Kamel Boulos2 & Robert P Dellavalle3

1 Stephen T. Huang is at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, USA
2 Maged N. Kamel Boulos is at the University of Plymouth, UK
3 Robert P. Dellavalle is at the Denver Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center and the University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA.

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Project to be featured in next issue of the printed SLang Life magazine

March 5, 2008

SL'ang Life Magazine logo.On Saturday, 9 February 2008, Maged delivered an invited session about the UOP Sexual Health SIM at an event hosted by SL’ang Life island (Webin-world). Today, he received the following note in-world from the event organiser (posted here with permission):

We’d like to thank you once again for your participation in the Health Care Conference at SlangLife Library. We are happy to inform that the event will be featured in March issue of the SL’ang Life magazine. In order to get free copy, please fill in the subscription form at

We will be very pleased if you consider joining us on the last weekend of March at the conference on mental health support. Please note that your presentation will be considered as a eventual article for April issue of our magazine. More info soon.

Please contact Uzi Boa or Morrigan Polanski with any suggestions or questions.

Best Regards,
Uzi Boa

Another project dissemination opportunity (8 May 2008)

March 4, 2008

8 May 2008Maged has accepted an invitation to speak about the UOP Sexual Health SIM at the Changes in the Higher Education Market Conference to be held on 8 May 2008 at the London School of Economics (LSE) on the South Bank in London. More details will be posted on the conference Web site in due course.

Healthcare on Web 2.0 (including Second Life)

January 8, 2008

Expert View, HIMSS EMEA Web site (8 Jan 08):

A PDF copy is also available here.

At CELDA 2007

December 11, 2007

celda2007.jpgKamel Boulos MN, Wheeler S, Toth-cohen S. Designing for learning in 3-D virtual worlds: the University of Plymouth Sexual Health SIM experience in Second Life. In Proceedings of IADIS International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2007), 7-9 December 2007, Algarve, Portugal. Edited by Kinshuk, Sampson DG, Spector JM, Isaías P. IADIS Press, 2007, pp. 401-406 (ISBN: 978-972-8924-48-5) – Full text (PDF); slides (PDF)

[Published] When mirror and virtual worlds converge…

December 1, 2007

Web GIS in practice V: 3-D interactive and real-time mapping in Second Life
Maged N Kamel Boulos, David Burden
International Journal of Health Geographics 2007, 6:51


The paper covers is the convergence potentials of mirror worlds and virtual worlds, which together with lifelogging and augmented reality, will create the full 3-D Internet/Metaverse in a decade or so from now.

When mirror and virtual worlds converge…

November 17, 2007

First let me thank all those who sent me words of praise and encouragement in private e-mails or on the Second Life Healthcare Support and Education list and elsewhere online concerning the Health Information and Libraries Journal paper. Maged’s next, soon-to-be-published Second Life paper is co-authored with Eur Ing David Burden of Daden Limited, and is about the convergence of mirror worlds and virtual worlds, which together with lifelogging and augmented reality, will create the full 3-D Internet/Metaverse in a decade or so from now. The paper also covers and reflects on original health-related work we have done in this area, so watch this space!

Just published

November 15, 2007

HIR cover.Article title: Second Life: an overview of the potential of 3-D virtual worlds in medical and health education

Authors: Maged N. Kamel Boulos, Lee Hetherington & Steve Wheeler

Volume 24, Issue 4, Pages 233-245, Cover Date December 2007

Journal Name: Health Information and Libraries Journal

Click here to go to the abstract of this article in Blackwell Synergy:  [PubMed/MEDLINE]

Latest visitors’ stats and dissemination activities

October 15, 2007

Our in-world public Group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 64 Members as at 13 October 2007, up from 25 Members on 12 August 2007 — figures include three admin members (the core project team). Also as at 13 October 2007 (end of the day, SLT time), our SIM received more than 940 unique visitors/avatars (all time) since our initial launch on 12 July 2007, up from about 590 unique visitors on 13 September 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Sep 07), and from 210 unique visitors on 11 August 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 11 Aug 07) — the corresponding figures with repeat visitors would be much higher. The total visitor-minutes spent on our land during the past 63 days (12 Aug 07 – 13 Oct 07, owner minutes excluded) was >5200 minutes (that is >85 hours!), including >850 minutes on 12 September 2007 alone (the day we had the ‘Broken Wing’ Event). More than 100 avatars have so far taken our in-world survey as at 13 October 2007.

Maged’s avatar in Second LifeWe also carried out several dissemination activities over the past weeks, including presenting ‘A quick tour of the University of Plymouth’s Sexual Health Project in Second Life’ at the Rethinking Interprofessional Education and Development Conference, Plymouth, UK, on 8 October 2007 — Maged did a short PowerPoint about the 3-D Internet, plus a 15-minute LIVE tour of our SIM in Second Life, which was extremely well received by the audience (from all over the UK and also Canada). More dissemination activities are planned in the near future, so stay tuned.