Inter Life


How can we harness the power of 3D virtual words (Second Life™, Open Sim) to help young people develop social skills and navigate difficult transitions in their lives?

The Inter-life project team have developed 3D private islands to help answer this question. The team are looking at two groups, the first are gifted and talented and looked after and accommodated children and the second are first year university students.

Visitors to the islands can engage in creative and confidence building activities in a safe and supportive online environment.

About the project

Inter-Life has funding of £400,000 and runs from December 2008 to November 2011.

The project is led by Professor Vic Lally of the University of Glasgow with other team members based at Glasgow, Stirling, Sheffield and Edge Hill Universities.

The project disciplines include computer science, sociology and psychology.

Tools include:

  • A robust “in-world” monitoring system which logs “back-end” activity and positional data at the dedicated server at the University of Stirling.
  • “Skyboxes” or virtual apartments which can log chat and represent a personalised private space users for personal reflection.
  • A Registration Application Programming Interface for added protection of project Participants.

Research highlight

The project team are engaging with Children’s Services and Social Services in two local authorities in Scotland who are interested in using the environment.

Inter-Life in a tweet: harnessing the power of 3D virtual worlds to investigate life transitions for young people.

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Whats next for Inter-life and TEL?

Further Information

Project Team
Project Website
Project poster


University of Glasgow
Heriot-Watt University (School of Textiles and Design)
University of Sheffield
University of Stirling

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