Tech Talks Presentation by Shaun Seibel, May 21, 2008

 

What is an Avatar

Definition - an icon or representation of a user in a shared virtual reality. A digital form better suited to an online environment and one that our friends will learn to recognize us as. That form is an avatar. An avatar is a computer user's representation of himself or herself, whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games, a two-dimensional icon (picture) used on Internet forums and other communities, or a text construct found on early systems such as MUDs. The term "avatar" can also refer to the personality connected with the screen name, or handle, of an Internet use.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_(computing)

Why an Avatar

  • Anonymity
  • Personal expression/Personality
  • Website Association
  • Trademark

Types of Avatars

History of Avatars

http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/6165.asp

Examples/Uses

Creating an Avatar

The Future


Additional Resources

 

Full Presentation

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Library Avatars (PDF)

Updated information is available to Libraries employees via the Wiki: Library_Avatars

Some file types require special programs to use or view.  Here are links to several of the most common programs:

About the Author:  Shaun Seibel works as a Library Specialist at UNT's Research Park Library.

When

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 12:00pm