Designing our town: MOOsburg

John M. Carroll, Mary Beth Rosson, Philip Isenhour, Craig Ganoe, Dan Dunlap, James Fogarty, Wendy Schafer, Christina Van Metre

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MOOsburg is a community-oriented multi-user domain. It was created to enrich the Blacksburg Electronic Village (BEV) by providing real-time, situated interaction and a place-based model for community information. Three versions of MOOsburg have been developed: A classic text-based MOO, a MOO extended to drive a Web-browser, and a Java-based system. The most recent version of MOOsburg is fundamentally different from classic MOOs, supporting distributed system development and management and a direct manipulation approach to navigation. We are currently developing a variety of community-oriented applications, including a virtual science fair and a dispersed natural history museum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-751
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Human Computer Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Education
  • Engineering(all)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture


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