Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Correction to the Plans

There is a correction and a few details that were missed in the previous entry.

In terms of the contest entries: reserving 20% of sim resources for infrastructure, we actually can accept up to 24 contest entries (not 9). This allows for a 2048 square meter parcel and 500 prims for each entry. Three winners will be chosen.

For the final build there would be 9 houses (3 of each winning design) with a 1300 prim limit for each house including the to be added AT features.

We discussed at length and agreed to add some non-educational details to the decor of the house, i.e. pictures, kitchen items, plants, flooring. This will be taken care of by the 5-27 tour or sooner.

Additional notes:

The plan for sim space is to add Morrill 3 and 4 to the south of Morrill and Morril2.

Morrill 4, south of Morrill will be allocated for the Family Caregiving contest/project. We will create the primary entrance to Morrilll 4 and the Live-ability project/contest west of the fair "main gate". The current Live-ability house would be relocated to the parcel on Morrill which is now the barrel racing, and become a "welcome" area. The accessible garden will be used as a public park on Morrill4.

We will reserve a 30x30m space in the northwest corner of Morrill 4 to combine with like parcels adjacent on the other 3 sims, and this will become eXtension's new "4 corners" large meeting space for high attendance events. The horse area will be relocated to the current Live-ability house parcel.

Morrill 3 will be available for future pilot projects or for another large CoP project.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Deciding on Some Plans

Today, several team members came together to discuss our current status and progress. The team decided that the first priority is to make the Live-Ability house more interactive and informative. There are two things that need to be done. First, the universal design features and assistive technology items need to be color-coded so that people know what category they fall into. Second, each feature and item need to be made "clickable"--so that when someone clicks on the item, it takes that person to a web page that shows a picture of the item and has some basic information about the item. These items will be completed by the presentation on May 27.

The team also discussed the contest, and decided that it is not possible to have it ready to go by May 27. Instead, we have established a timeline. A rough draft of the "Contest Call" will be completed by June 5. We will finish up the draft, and begin marketing in September, the contest will be in October, and the judging in November--which is National Caregivers' Month.

The team discussed whether the contest should target hobbyists or professional builders, and probably we will be able to attract hobbyists. The houses will only need the UD features, not the AT. We will only be able to accept the first 9 entries. Each house will be "empty" except for the UD, so each building will need about 300 prims.

We also discussed the May 27 presentation/tour. The plan right now is to have everyone teleport to the front lawn. We'll have a welcome address and speak generally about eXtension, as well as give an overview of SL building and how it is different from RL. Then we will give the tour and talk about the different items and the vision of the project.

Friday, March 20, 2009

A New Opportunity

Our team was contacted by Gentle Huron of Virtual Ability Island. On May 27, the NonProfit Commons in Second Life will hold an all day conference on health care and disabilities. They have asked us participate by hosting a tour of the Live-Ability Home, and leading some discussion about the project and our aims. This is an exciting opportunity for us, even though we consider the house to be a prototype and not quite ready for "prime time". The team has agreed to participate, and we will meet next week to discuss what we need to do to prepare.

We would like to think that potentially, we could have the contest competition kick-off at this same time, as May is Older Americans Month. We were shooting at this as a deadline, but it didn't seem possible to make this happen. But now...? Perhaps!

Gentle Huron has also offered to give Sarah and I an individualized tour of Virtual Ability Island, and we will do that next week.

On another note, Carolina and I have talked about the caregiving issue in SL, and we will look for ways to become involved with the this group. Carolina is till interested in potentially hosting a seminar or conference of some kind on caregiving, and that would be an area where eXtension certainly has something to bring to the table.