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3D Data: Platforms for Real World Virtual World Interaction

Mike Liebhold, Senior Researcher, Institute for the Future
David Colleen, CEO,
Donald Cooke, Chief Scientist, Tele Atlas
Jack Dangermond, Founder & President, ESRI
Michael Jones, CTO, Google Earth
Stephen Lawler, General Manager, Microsoft Virtual Earth

Date: Tuesday, May 29
Time: 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Location: Imperial Ballroom

3D data, maps, and software will change the way we compute and interact with spatial services. Moving beyond simple texture mapped terrain and boxes, new 3D mapping frameworks are rapidly evolving into platforms for real world virtual world media, interaction, commerce, and science.

Each of these panelists, who are building different components of a 3D Geoweb, will first describe how their 3D data and software will work as a platform for a 3D real world virtual world, and then, what kinds of new applications and user experiences might be developed on their platforms. We'll then have a brief round of discussion on prospects and mechanisms for data interoperabity allowing users to create, discover, use, and exchange 3D data across platforms.