UK Government Planning In Second Life

The Telegraph posted a story with the headline “Ministers spend thousands on virtual site which is not promoted online“.

It says “The Second Life innovation centre cost £20,000 to build, and it costs a further £12,000 a year to maintain, according to figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions.”

So I went to have a look. And what there is is a pair of semi detached houses, one developed, one not, with lots of info buttons on the developed half, which tell you about the planning & building regulations for particular things (sewers, satellite dishes etc.), and when you click on them they take you to a web page with further details.

While the build is a touch bland (though that could also be said for most real life new house builds these days) it seems like a useful thing, but I doubt anyone is going to go through all the trouble of signing up with SL, downloading the software and then go through the steep learning curve to get started, just to get some advice about building regs that is more easily available via a website.

There is a noticeboard there where you can leave your comments if you wish, and the traffic count was 13 when I visited.

Visit it here….

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And there’s a cute little lolcat in a basket in the kitchen.

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~ by slconceptual on March 23, 2009.

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