MEHopper / Cosma
Cosma is a long-term initiative to compile a systematic, top-down inventory of the best knowledge resources in the world. Cosma also features 3D spatial interfaces for “navigating” the web site and other knowledge resources available on the web. There have been many versions created with a variety of platforms over the last thirty years (HyperCard, HyperNews, SecondLife, RoundMe, Unity3D, etc.).
Here are a a few of the latest examples!
Click the 360° image below to begin exploring this Toy World, click the “more functions” menu in the upper right for controls and click “i” buttons on/off for links to experiences.
This may take a second to load. You can also explore this on RoundMe.
There have also been experiments in Unity 3D. Here is a YouTube video that shows a full walk-through of one of those 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.