Re-creating the Botanics: towards a sense of place in virtual environments

Turner, Susan, Turner, Phil, Carroll, Fiona, O'Neill, Shaleph, Benyon, David, McCall, Roderick and Smyth, Michael (2003) Re-creating the Botanics: towards a sense of place in virtual environments. In: Benogo, 2003 . (Unpublished)

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The EC funded project BENOGO seeks to re-create real places using photo-realistic
immersive virtual reality technology and in so doing investigates the nature of
presence and sense of place in such environments. We discuss the first stages in our
work investigating how far a sense of place can be created in a virtual environment
and benchmarked against the real world. This paper reports early studies which
investigated sense of place in a real-world location – a glasshouse in a botanical
garden – and the first in a series of planned experiments with its virtual equivalent.
The results provide preliminary indications of which elements of sense of place
manage to penetrate the considerable constraints of the current virtual environment
and how the virtual experience might be redesigned in future. We also discuss
techniques for investigating sense of place in this context and briefly describe the next
steps in the work.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the European Commission and the work of our BENOGO partners. We also thank the participants in the studies at Napier and Aalborg for their time, patience and cooperation
Uncontrolled Keywords: real-places; photo-realistic; virtual reality; presence; sense of place;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 006 Special Computer Methods
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 3328
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 24 May 2010 15:56
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2013 15:15

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