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This is how many views the NGEC2 post at NASA CoLab’s blog got during the conference.

The Next Generation Exploration Conference 2 was held from Feb 12-15th. Notice the 21-views (or hits) peak on Feb 14th? Here’s the origin of that: I took snaps of the opening remarks by Ken Davidian, posted here, put the pics on flickr, captioned them, and got a couple views over a day. Thurs I asked Caledonia Heron to make a RL [real-world] mention of the link. Ten views a day for 2 days on the ngec2 post, and a steady tail of 3 hits a day since.

This was the first year, with only twelve hours notice inworld, that the proceedings were shown in Second Life [SL] as a prototype technology demo. Here’s how this came together so quickly, with, ah, virtually no lead time: Caledonia Heron is from JSC [Johnson Space Center) Learning Technologies program, an education technology incubator. She, Cindy Bolero, and Drew Frobozz, the NASA CoLab sim manager [SL names, all!], were the RL team that made this happen, partly because SL *is* a virtual world.

Caledonia tells the tale: NGEC2 mentioned at colab tues [Feb 5th] … we started seeing email late wed, working tech issues up til mon wee hours to begin event tues at 11sl [SLT, equal to US Pacific Time].

Paradox: gaah! A hundred hours! <hat, er, helmets off!>

Cal: between us easily – probably apiece 🙂

Para: I had meant only 100 hr to go – b4 u could start work

Cal: oh, yeah didn’t seem like much lead time plus we didn’t really plan on the first trial run being an all day, 4 day event

Para: hooo-”test to destruction”!

Cal: yeah, so focused on making it work we did not gin up PR; we didn’t really have it running until late monday so there was nothing to promote!!

Para: was this regarded as a success, defined as doing SL feed next time too?

Caledonia Heron: imo, yes. It was a trial run, to see if we could do it given the time, resources (0), and technical limitations. I think the sl attendees would think it was successful – expecially die hard space fans – seeing inside the internal process at NASA.

At the next weekly CoLab meeting’s published minutes, [13:19] Drew Frobozz: and lots of machinima video taken in SL by Haley Bailey at Please use only with attribution to her.
Ariel Miranda added: And many thanks to Cindy and Paul for keeping the cameras rolling for long hours each day.

And all the colab workers were thanked as well.


Posting or creating a specific page for an event seems like a good way to use this blog’s fast re-edit ability and visibility. Let’s add 2 or 3 zeroes, orders of magnitude, to these numbers for NGEC3!

The full-sized screenshots, far easier to read, are in the Flickr Next Generation Exploration Conference II (NGEC2) in Second Life at NASA CoLab (Set).

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