Creation of the inaugural Roadmap began with
an invitational Metaverse Roadmap Summit May 5-6
2006 at SRI International in Menlo Park, CA. There
a diverse group of industry leaders, technologists,
analysts, policy makers, academics and creatives
outlined key visions, scenarios, forecasts, plans,
opportunities, uncertainties, and challenges in
building a next-generation 3D Web. This group
was chosen to include a diversity of knowledge
and views to create a solid, collaborative foresight
See Summit Participants for a list of inaugural attendees. All are distinguished individuals with insights in various 3D web domains who have lent their vision and passion to the creation of this first public map.
Objective 1: Metaverse Roadmap (MVR)
In the months following the Summit ASF staff
and volunteer participants will produce a draft
report, The Metaverse Roadmap: Pathways to
the 3D Web. This report and associated data
will reside at MetaverseRoadmap.org. See Roadmap
2016 for an MVR outline, and Roadmap
Inputs for a preview of MVR structure.
Our first objective is to create a map of the
possibility space that is interesting, insightful,
and of sufficient use to a broad public constituency
of today's pioneering metaverse developers and
users that there is interest in doing it again,
with even greater depth, in the future.
Objective 2: Metaverse ITP
Assuming the map and our mapping process merit
ongoing industry support, ASF will seek to have
the MVR updated biennially under the management
of a Metaverse Industry Technology Partnership
(Metaverse ITP), the creation of which is our
second and more ambitious objective.
The Metaverse ITP would be chartered to accelerate innovation and development of the emerging metaverse industry via collaborative cross-industry roadmap projects in a variety of 3D web specialty areas. It would exist to network key players and generate specialty roadmaps to help identify and fund precompetitive R&D on current technology roadblocks, and policy proposals on economic and social-legal roadblocks.
To the extent that such R&D and policy partnerships
can be established, the ITP would also seek to
secure governmental and other matching funds to
leverage industry resources and expertise. A worthy
model to emulate in this respect can be found
in the Chemical
Industry's Vision 2020 Technology Partnership,
which has 12 active roadmaps, numerous funded
cross-industry R&D initiatives, and significant
governmental matching funds for industry development.