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Had we but world[s] enough, and time?

MacLennan, Alan



This paper presents ongoing research into user requirements for 3-dimensional "virtual worlds" to be used as a means of information retrieval. There is a brief review of the literature in the fields in which design of 3-dimensional virtual spaces has been carried out and the conclusion is reached that this design has usually been done without regard to user preferences. This study has used grounded theory to establish user preferences, initially amongst a group of about fifty postgraduate information management students. Initial results of open coding of these interviews are described and the next steps in the study are laid out. The Virtual Reality Modelling Language (VRML) will be used as a world design medium.


MACLENNAN, A. 2005. Had we but world[s] enough, and time? Library and information research [online], 29(93), pages 16-25. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2005
Online Publication Date Sep 22, 2009
Publication Date Dec 31, 2005
Deposit Date Feb 6, 2020
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2020
Journal Library and information research
Electronic ISSN 1756-1086
Publisher CILIP, Library and Information Research Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 93
Pages 16-25
Keywords Information retrival systems; Augmented reality; Virtual reality; Three-dimensional simulation; Information literacy; Grounded theory; Virtual worlds; Information retrieval
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