Okapi Island in Second Life

Okapi IslandCo-managed by OKAPI and the Department of Anthropology, Okapi Island is our piece of virtual real estate in the 3d environment of Second Life. We use Okapi Island to explore new forms of teaching, learning and public outreach. Today, virtual residents of Second Life can visit Okapi Island to explore 3d reconstructions of  Çatalhöyük, a 9000 year-old Neolithic village located in present-day central Turkey. Çatalhöyük is the site of ongoing excavations and research by an international team of scholars, including the Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük, led by UC Berkeley professor Ruth Tringham. A dozen undergraduate research apprentices constructed the island during the Spring 2007 and Fall 2007 semesters. The Island has hosted several public archaeology programs and, during the Fall 08 and Spring 09 semesters, support a student-run course offered through UC Berkeley’s Demoncratic Education at Cal (DeCal) program. This semester, the island is being used by professor Tringham’s new course on Archeological Games. Okapi Island has received the 2007 Open Archaeology Prize and the 2008 NMC Virtual Learning Prize.

Okapi Island, location of Çatalhöyük in Second Life. Come Visit!

Introductory Article:
Remixing Çatalhöyük in Second Life by Ruth Tringham and Noah Wittman

Video Overview of Project:
http://okapi.dreamhosters.com/video/small_island.mov (320×240, 14 MB)
http://okapi.dreamhosters.com/video/okapi_island.mov (HD, 139MB)

“Second Life as an Archaeological Tool” Interview with Berkeley Archaeology Professor Ruth Trigham
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. June 18, 2009.

Okapi Island Members

Public Programs
Remixing Catalhoyuk Day, November 28, 2007
Video of Event:
Hosted by UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff, the Remixing Catalhoyuk Day program included public lectures, a film festival, guided tours, games, live dj music, and much more. The all-day event was attended by several hundred archaeology enthusiasts and experts from around the world.Cal Day, April 12, 2008: “Briding Real, Virtual and Imaginary Worlds”https://okapi.wordpress.com/2008/03/22/join-us-for-cal-day/

Visitors to the Archaeology Research Facillity w guided by life-sized avatars (Cal faculty, students & staff) on a virtual tour of Catalhoyuk.
Presidio Teacher Night. October 1, 2008
Burning Catalhoyuk Day. December 10, 2008
Browse Flickr photos in-world!
Designed by Shawna Hein and Aylin Selcukoglu, graduates students in the School of Information, this mashup allows us (and others!) to import  Flickr sets into second life. View documentation (PDF) or check out their implementation on the SE corner of the island. As their code is shared under a General Public License, others are free to use and modify as they see fit. We think this code has enormous potential for education and research applciations in-world.

Building Protocols
“Archaeological Building Protocol for Second Life” by Colleen Morgan

Research Papers & Presentations
“Bridging the Gap between the Real, Virtual and Imaginary at Catalhoyuk” April 12, 2008. Ruth Tringham, Professor of Anthropology
View Webcast

“Art, Archaeology and Technology: Current Experiments in Interpretation”, Session at World Archaeological Congress led by OKAPI Island Member and Anthropology graduate student Colleen Morgan
View Call for Participation

Morgan, Colleen. “(Re)Building Çatalhöyük: Changing Virtual Reality in Archaeology” Archaeologies. July 2009.

Course Innovation
Second Life DeCal Courses:
http://www.decal.org/784 (Fall 2008)
http://www.decal.org/930 (Spring 2009)

Anthropology 39B: Serious Games for Archaeology and Imagining the Past (Fall 2009)

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program:
Sharing a Sense of Place: Constructing a Neolithic Village in Second Life

Interview: “Second Life as an Archaeological Tool”
An Interview with Berkeley Archaeology Professor Ruth Trigham
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Remixing Catalhoyuk Research Database and Online Exhibition

2007 Open Archaeology Prize
2008 NMC Virtual Learning Award

SF Examiner, December 28, 2009

California Managine, Spring 2009

Der Spiegel Online, January 26, 2010

Project Resources (some no longer in active use)
Okapi Island Project Wiki (Join Us!)

Okapi Island Facebook Group
Okapi Island in Second Life

Okapi Island News Blog (appears in-world)

Okapi Island Webcasting Schedule (appears in-world)

Colleen Morgan in Second LifeOkapi Island Members
Avatar names of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and volunteers

Ahmed Freenote
August Drevnerussky
Joshua Angel
Laurie Cutita
Mandalina Dryssen
Ronin Levertov
Crimson Reyes
Ruth Galileo
Sage Hissop
Scott McGinnis
Sebs Delcon
Zenobia Bamasin
Zed Marseille
remixing catalhoyukDungar Queler
Niema Pfalz
Manohar Merlin
Rainbow Moraine
Olive Hawker
Roxy11 Undercroft
Paddy Rotaru
Sebs Delcon
Clementine Glass
Conrad Cao
Elia Felini

“Basket Weaving at Catalhoyuk” by Colleen Morgan
more:  http://middlesavagery.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/basket-weaving-at-catalhoyuk/


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