Science and sci-fi geeks come out of the government closet!
Has anyone worked with a City in the US to create a virtual world of that City -- that simulates the services, buildings and sites of that city. The purpose being to provide customers a way to tour their City on-line, to shop and conduct business with City departments (such as pay a utility bill, sign up for a recreation class, etc.)
I'd like to connect with you -- see to what scale of services you were able to incorporate -- how it is working, etc. -- Lessons learned, etc.
There are several sites in Second Life that have been built by non-govt entities to recreate portions of cities. Just off the top of my head I can think of a few cities in Poland, Munich, there were a ton of Italian ones but not sure they are still there, Galvaston, Maxwell St in Chicago was there but not sure if still up. But again I believe all were done by non-govt.
I am just finishing up an online magazine issue that will highlight the sites that are created by govt. But it is so hard to weed out the serious sites from the ones created for entertainment that I am sure I have not gotten them all. But the ones built by govt don't necessarily focus on the type of build and services you mention.
If you want, I am more than willing to meet you in Second Life anytime on the weekend or in the evenings and show you a few of these sites. If you would rather go alone, I can also sent you the landmarks so you can visit them whenever you want. My main avatar name in Second Life is Pam Renoir.
I wanted to follow up to my last post - in my virtual travels exploring government builds, I came across this post by Linden Lab listing many city-related sites: http://secondlife.com/destinations/real
From there I saw this fairly comprehensive Website about Berlin: http://www.berlinin3d.com/
At their virtual site they have a teleport board showcasing many other city-related builds:
But even though all of those sites are great examples, I have never been able to confirm that any are owned by an actual government entity.
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