The Museum Web Minerals projects from spring (e.g., the MINER system) and fall (which focused on capture) were first steps towards making these items widely available to the general public using VR technology and the World Wide Web. This project focused on just one area of the museum (i.e., the museum's mineral collection) while laying the groundwork for future projects. To enable public access to the museum's collection of minerals, a web page was designed to allow users to access the minerals online. Software was prototyped, and could be extended and refined. Most important, though, is to capture virtual reality type representations in large numbers.
The plan is as follows: Each mineral in the online collection will possess a rotatable image of the mineral along with accompanying information about the mineral similar to an encyclopedia article and links to further information of interest. Such features as a glossary/index and searching capabilities will aid the ease of use of the overall collection. The exact number of minerals to be included in the original online collection will be determined through discussion early in the semester.
The following students worked on this project in Honors 3004 in Fall 2000 and can help a new group get started:
The following students (in the Wed morning discussion session) will work on this project in Spring 2001:
The following students (in the Wed afternoon discussion session) will work on this project in Spring 2001:
The following students will work on this project in Spring 2001:
Working on this are: John Boyd (Joboyd4@vt.edu), Rene Mouynes (email@example.com), James Morrison (firstname.lastname@example.org)