Automating content generation for large-scale virtual learning environments using semantic web services

Ian Dunwell*, Panagiotis Petridis, Aristos Protopsaltis, Sara De Freitas, David Panzoli, Peter Samuels

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The integration of semantic web services with three-dimensional virtual worlds offers many potential avenues for the creation of dynamic, content-rich environments which can be used to entertain, educate, and inform. One such avenue is the fusion of the large volumes of data from Wiki-based sources with virtual representations of historic locations, using semantics to filter and present data to users in effective and personalisable ways. This paper explores the potential for such integration, addressing challenges ranging from accurately transposing virtual world locales to semantically-linked real world data, to integrating diverse ranges of semantic information sources in a usercentric and seamless fashion. A demonstrated proof-of-concept, using the Rome Reborn model, a detailed 3D representation of Ancient Rome within the Aurelian Walls, shows several advantages that can be gained through the use of existing Wiki and semantic web services to rapidly and automatically annotate content, as well as demonstrating the increasing need for Wiki content to be represented in a semantically-rich form. Such an approach has applications in a range of different contexts, including education, training, and cultural heritage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-103
Number of pages15
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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  • Information systems applications
  • Semantic web applications
  • Virtual learning environments


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