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Internet conferencing with networked virtual environments

John F. Towell (Completed his doctoral work in computational biochemistry at Colorado State University and is currently involved in post‐doctoral research in Informatics at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA. He is also an Administrator at BioMOO, a virtual meeting place for biologists located at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel <bioinfo.weizmann. ac.il.8888 and http: //bioinfo.weizmann.ac.il: 8888>)
Elizabeth R. Towell (Assistant Professor in the Operations Management and Information Systems Department of the College of Business, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA, where she teaches courses in operating systems and database management systems.)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 September 1995

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Abstract

Describes a networked virtual environment, a type of virtual reality most commonly known as a “MUD” or a “MOO”, which was used at an internationally‐attended scientific conference held on the Internet. Interviews with conference attendees indicated enthusiasm for the effectiveness of the medium, and revealed how the virtual environment can be modified to improve conferencing efficacy. Such alterations included: novel input‐output control management; automation of conference registration; control of anonymous or guest connections; simplification of conference center topography; an improved methodology for recording discussion sessions; use of moderated rooms to compensate for network lag; and providing buffers to update late arriving participants. Concludes that networked virtual environments provide an inexpensive means for effective international conferencing on the Internet.

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Towell, J.F. and Towell, E.R. (1995), "Internet conferencing with networked virtual environments", Internet Research, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 15-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/10662249510104612

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