Virtual Collaboration

June 11, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

As recently as a few years ago, Second Life was a vital, flourishing virtual community in which users carried on their lives, interacting with others and “living” fully imagined existences within the memory of a large computer server.

In fact, Second Life caught the imagination of the U.S. military, and in some cases, members of the services began using Second Life for real-world collaboration and to solve problems shared by all services.

May 2009
By Rita Boland


Eric Heine, research associate with the Delta3D team, takes part in the team’s game, MaritimeOps, while four other colleagues simultaneously engage in the game as well. Heine is playing the role of police boat patrol.

A U.S. Navy education and research organization embraces trends in the virtual world.

May 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Military Veterans Center in Second Life island features a beach for informal gatherings and recreation.
Former service members convey experiences and support in Second Life.