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The MICA Experiment: Astrophysics in Virtual Worlds

  title={The MICA Experiment: Astrophysics in Virtual Worlds},
  author={S. George Djorgovski and Piet Hut and Robert Knop and Giuseppe Longo and Stephen L. W. McMillan and Enrico Vesperini and Ciro Donalek and Matthew J. Graham and Asish Mahabal and Franz Sauer and Charles White and Crista Lopes},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
We describe the work of the Meta-Institute for Computational Astrophysics (MICA), the first professional scientific organization based in virtual worlds. MICA was an experiment in the use of this technology for science and scholarship, lasting from the early 2008 to June 2012, mainly using the Second Life and OpenSimulator as platforms. We describe its goals and activities, and our future plans. We conducted scientific collaboration meetings, professional seminars, a workshop, classroom… 

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