ORNL 3D Environment Research Applicable to IBSS Work

At the closing of yesterday’s Southeast Integrated Biomass Supply Systems partnership annual meeting, I shared a piece of information with Virginia Dale of Oak Ridge National Laboratories Bioenergy Sustainability Group concerning a talk presented by a researcher from ORNL working on 3D virtual environments for data visualization.

Basically, a researcher at ORNL is testing education materials presented via a video game style immersive environment.

Virginia asked me to forward her the details of that talk. I’m optimistic she’ll start a conversation with the research group working on 3D educational environments. I think it could be useful for the education and outreach component – particularly with the availability of virtual reality gaming equipment headsets like the Oculus Rift and Playstation Morpheus headsete.

As I mentioned to Virginia in the message I’m forwarding below, the immediately accessible platform for 3D virtual environments is Google Earth, which is compatible with some existing spatial data formats commonly used in research applications.


About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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