Saturday, April 30, 2011

World Bank Report: 2011 Gaming Market Size: Main $18B, Secondary $3B

A recent (April, 2011) World Bank report called "Converting the Virtual Economy into Development Potential: Knowledge Map of the Virtual Economy" has 60 fascinating 60 about the value of virtual economies for developing countries. Beyond well known WOW gold farming, the report touches upon micro work and related areas. This report is a must read to any virtual world practitioner and researcher (let alone policy makers and tax authorities).

I found these two tablea to be of special interest to general audience (with my own highlight):

First the size of gaming market(total in 2011 - $18B)


and of the secondary market: ($3B) (secondary being defined as selling services and goods for the players and not the game developers).

To get all the details see:
Lehdonvirta, Vili. & Ernkvist, Mirko, 2011. Converting the Virtual Economy into Development Potential: Knowledge Map of the Virtual Economy, Washington, DC; infoDev / World Bank. Available at http://www.infodev.org/publications

See also European Central bank report on virtual currency schemes.

URL: www.infodev.org/en/Document.1056.pdf

Friday, April 29, 2011

Dress Fit for a Queen (Catherine, Kate, Middleton) wearing a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown

From Montreal Gazette, a cool picture of Kate (and her dress). Is she looking back? or at the future.

Catherine Middleton, wearing a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown, arrives at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. Photograph by: Ben Stansall, AFP/Getty Images

Thursday, April 28, 2011

VIDEO: Low Cost Video Chat Robot (Johnny Chung Lee)

Fix for PowerPoint 2003 post April 13 bug [some contents (text, images or objects) have corrupted]

This is an important news for those using Microsoft PowerPoint 2003.
I have just noticed that one of my older presentation stopped working.
I tried the usual fixes... and was amazed to see the same problem occurred in ALL
my past presentations... it also happened again in ANOTHER computer.

The error repored:
...some contents (text, images or objects) have corrupted
 

So .. .I looked the problem up in Microsoft social site. I found a list of
similar cases. Apparently, some security fix in April 13, caused PowerPoint to block itself...
(well, something like that).

The bottom line there is a fix ... you will need to down load it via email.
You will get a pass code with the email so keep it. You will need it.

It fixes all my OLD presentations.  But those that I have have touched ... did not work.

So this is a good lesson in how to create bugs, and how to fix them.
 

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Tale of Two Worlds: From Eureka ITEA2 Magazine


The Latest issue of the ITEA2 magazine has a summary of the Metaverse1 project:

The METAVERSE project emerged from the ITEA PO Preparation Days in Germany in 2007. Yesha Sivan, who is also the head of the information systems programme at the Tel Aviv Academic College, presented the field of virtual worlds as one in need of standardisation. “Mobile phones started in the USA but took off with European standardisation efforts in the GSM forum,” he points out. The same type of approach was needed to virtual worlds for European leadership.

Virtual worlds bring together the fields of virtual reality and gaming. Related fields range from the
economy of virtual goods, sociology and the nature of communities, and law – copyrights and ownership – to biology, such as new brain based human-computer interfaces, computer science and mathematics, particularly algorithms for 3D rendering and animation.

Israeli think tank Metaverse Labs and its founder Dr. Yesha Sivan have played a major role in the success of the METAVERSE1 ITEA 2 project that has resulted in MPEG-V a global standard on connecting real and virtual worlds. 

Such worlds are basically a combination of 3D and 3C. The former involves a representation of 3D worlds in which it is possible to walk in an immersive way. The latter stands for three concepts:  community in the form of a more advanced type of Facebook social networking; creation with the ability to create mainly digitally-oriented artefacts; and commerce by making it possible to make money out of it – the Internet originally was not money making but now Amazon and similar web organisations have changed the concept.

His presentation generated much interest and discussion. As a direct result, Sivan joined forces with Jean H. A. Gelissen, Senior Director Strategic Partnerships at Philips Research to form the METAVERSE1 group which involved companies from Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Spain. The goal of the resulting product was simple: to connect real and virtual worlds to enable the new medium to blossom. It involved both the theoretical framework required and four or five use cases. The project was successful in several ways:

1. It resulted in the MPEG-V virtual world standard: a very direct and concrete outcome which may only be a beginning but is an essential step;
2. It came up with lots of small items that can continue to be developed – these were presented at the 3D/3C world conference (www.3d3cworlds.com) in Israel on March 23, 2011; and
3. It led to the establishment of extremely strong links between the various partners which are already resulting in new co-operations.

Working with EUREKA and Europe is important for Israel, according to Sivan. “Europe is nearby so doing business there is easier,” he points out. “However, while it is a big market, it is less consolidated than the USA, although the euro zone helps. People in Israel are also more Americanised in their thinking. There is a big Israeli community in the USA and many Israelis speak English.”
The same issue had a summary about the MPEG-V event in Korea:

The 1st  International MPEG-V Workshop and Demonstration Day 2011 was organised in parallel with the 95th MPEG meeting on 25 and 26 January, 2011 in the Inter-Burgo Exco hotel in, Daegu, Korea. The purpose of this event was to present and demonstrate MPEG-V, a new standard in the MPEG range and published by ISO in November 2010. This new standard is the frst version of ISO/IEC 23005 (MPEG-V, Exchange with Virtual Worlds) initiated by the ITEA 2 Metavese1 project and co-created with a large number of partners of the Metaverse1 consortium and several companies; institutes and universities from Europe, Korea and Japan. MPEG-V-based products and applications enable multi-sensorial user experience and interchange between virtual worlds.

The standard is composed of several parts referring to:
▪  Architecture and use case scenarios;
▪  Syntax and semantics of data formats for interactive devices, device commands and sensed information;
▪  Metadata to describe device capabilities and user preferences;
▪  Metadata to represent sensory effects; and
▪  Metadata to represent virtual-object and avatar characteristics.

The MPEG-V awareness day was particularly targeted to developers of products and application for multi-sensorial user experience, content creators, broadcasters, multimedia device manufacturers, sensor and actuator manufacturers, virtual worlds and online game developers, and those interested in new opportunities in digital media.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

18-May-2011 INFO 2011 - The 26th Conference & Exhibition - Intro to 3D3C Markets

Link to Conference Page


As part of the info2011 conference I will present on May 18 Afterbnoon (this is a change) (see full program for that day, the booklet does not have page numbers ;-( ).

More info about the conference:

May 16-18, 2011, Tel Aviv Hilton , Israel

We are delighted to invite you to participate at INFO 2011, our 26th Annual
      Conference & Exhibition, to be held on May 16-18, 2011 at the Hilton Hotel, Tel Aviv.

The Leading Israeli Event for Search and Discovery Solutions, Social Networking, e Resourse Management, Digital  Libraries, ePublishing Solutions, Knowledge & Information Management.

The INFO Annual Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Israel.

Organized by Teldan Information Systems, which has led the information industry in Israel for over 30 years, the Teldan INFO Conferences have been the most prestigious and professional events of the Library & Information community in Israel for over two decades.

The INFO 2011 Annual Conference & Exhibition is the major event in the information community in Israel. This year, the conference will address topics such as: Search and Discovery Solutions, the world of Social Networking, Information on Mobile Platforms, Business, Scientific and Technological Information, ePublishing Solutions, Competitive Intelligence,  Knowledge Management .

Founded and organized by Teldan, the conference now celebrates its 26th Anniversary.

Traditionally, INFO conferences have been the largest professional meeting of all involved in information: information specialists, librarians, researchers and academics, business intelligence and content managers, marketing managers, strategic and business development managers, information systems managers, project managers, managers and executives in organizations in various sectors: academic, industrial, commercial, government, medicine and law.

The INFO 2011 week offers a wide variety of unique and innovative seminars, exposing participants to new products, technologies and tools, and using the best lecturers from Israel and abroad issues of information, mobile platforms, content management, databases and digital projects.
The conference will also host a professional exhibition, showcasing the latest developments in the industry. On display at the Israel INFO 2011 Exhibition will be publishers and aggregators, electronic publishing, databases and vendors, information retrieval systems, e-Journals books management systems, library and information center, technologies business and financial Information, electronic document delivery, electronic commerce (eCommerce), Web 2.0, 3.0, social networking platforms, new media solutions, SEO - search engine optimization, knowledge management, business and competitive intelligence and mobile platforms.

The INFO 2011 program will include seminars, workshops and presentations and will be built around the following themes: content management - ECM/CMS/MOSS, semantic Web, Web 2.0 and 3.0, search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo, AOL, BING, Twitter, YouTube) and information retrieval, SEO and internet PR, Library 2.0, Info 2.0, Libraries, Information Centers - the Next Generation, Information Professionals: Driving the Social Network, Disaster Response and Social Networking - Earthquake in Haiti Reviewed, Internet Marketing: "Meet us on Twitter", Is Facebook for Kids?, mobile platforms, information tools in action, Viral Marketing and SEO, Workplace 2.0: Networking and Optimizing Enterprise Resources, Digital PR, Reputation Management and Crisis Communications, eBooks and eJournals Update, Web 2011- Current Development, NextGen information services, Knowledge Management update, Enterprise Search, Who Runs the Internet?, Competitive Intelligence, Business Information and Business Intelligence, digital archive update, Medical KM applications, digital books and electronic readers, Libraries, Museums and Archives - under the same roof, Librarians as Agents of Change and more.