Below is a listing of US Federal agencies that we know operate some sort of official presence in Second Life or some other 3-D virtual world. Know of a space we’re missing? Leave a comment or send an e-mail to Admin AT freegovinfo.info.
This is a listing by agency. We list the name of the space, a short description, a link to a regular URL page and if we have it, a link into the virtual world. Please note that at least in Second Life, the pointers (called SLurls) may get you close (like on the same island), but you won’t always be dropped right in front of the virtual government facility. It’s not our fault. Wander around, ask people who are there.
- “Virtual CDC” – In August 2006, CDC set up its first test site for sharing public health information in an on-line, “cyber community.” The community is named Second Life and has more than 3.3 million members. CDCÂ´s member of this community is named Hygeia Philo (“lover of health”). And just like CDC staff, Hygeia is the virtual public health worker in this “virtual CDC.” Press Release | Visit CDC in Second Life
- NOAA’s Virtual World – “On NOAA’s island, one can soar through a hurricane on the wing of a research aircraft, rise gently through the atmosphere atop a weather balloon, or search for a hidden underwater cave on a side trip from a NOAA submarine.” Website | Visit NOAA’s Virtual World in Second Life
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