Cosma / Galleries of Knowledge
Cosma features 3D spatial interfaces for “navigating” knowledge resources.
Here are a a few examples!
The experiment below is part of the series of Toy World featured on this site.
Click the 360° image below to explore it.
There is a more extensive set of Toy Worlds for exploring Cosma.
They are separate from the set on this site.
This is the “Welcome Area” for them.
The above 360° images were originally posted on the RoundMe 360° image sharing service in order to overlay links to web pages and “portals” to other 360° images/worlds. Unfortunately, the RoundMe service is no longer available, so the interactivity that was achieved that way is lost for now. A search is underway for another service that offers similar functionality. Please stay tuned …
There is also a version in SecondLife.
Click the image below to explore it.
There have also been experiments in Unity 3D. Here is a YouTube video that shows a walk-through of one of the experiments.
Hopper, M. E. (2009, April). Cosma: Constructing a Kingdom of Knowledge [Presentation]. Media in Transition 6 Conference: Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Hopper, M. E. (2007, April). The Knowledge Gates to SecondLife [Presentation]. Media in Transition 5 Conference: Creativity, Ownership and Collaboration in the Digital Age, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Hopper, M. E. (2000, January). Knowledge systems 101: From Alexandria to Hitchhiker’s Guide [Short Course]. Independent Activity Period (IAP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Hopper, M. E. (1998, October). Hypertext in historical context: Vannevar Bush and Ted Nelson revisited [Presentation]. Media-in-Transition Project / Communications Forum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.