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Project plans 2011

As the Virtual Worlds Research Project enters 2011 we also enter the final year of a four-year research project. 2011 will be characterized by in-depth work, focus and production. Project activities will revolve around analysis of the studies conducted so far as well as publishing and presentation of research results. We have a special issue of Convergence on its way, a book project in the making, and plans to share project conclusions a number of international conferences such as ICA, NCA, IAMCR, 4S, AOIR and ECREA’s subsection meeting on Digital Culture and Communication.

Two of our project members, Ursula Plesner and Ates Gürsimsek, will also move abroad to collaborate with scholars from Stanford University. They have received visiting scholarships to the interdisciplinary research centre Human Sciences & Technologies Advanced Research Institute ( H-STAR). The scholarships have been granted from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) in cooperation with Innovation Center Denmark, Silicon Valley.

The project has welcomed a new Ph.D. student Anne Holmfred on board, recently enrolled at Roskilde University. Anne will conduct a study of co-creation in virtual art projects in cooperation with the art firm Tagging Art. Concurrently, Post Doc CarrieLynn Reinhard has returned to the United States from where she will continue her work on Virtual Worlds and a close collaboration with the project.

Finally, we have planned a closing public event on user-driven innovation where we hope to bring together many of the people that have been involved in the project throughout the past years and share a retrospective view on the overall project conclusions. The date for this event will be 15th September 2011 and more info will be posted in late spring.


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