When IMA's founders got together, we identified key long range goals we shared for the technologies powered by people in virtual worlds communities. We listened to others and discussed how researchers are seeing increasingly beneficial results when using virtual worlds to improve the quality of life and the impact of positive technology efforts in addition to an active social component in virtual worlds. 

Infinite Metaverse Alliance (IMA) emerged last year as community members began to discuss the future of Open Simulator and all of its derivatives. This began in September of 2016 and was formally organized in November 2016. Over the past six months, we've taken inputs from inside and outside the virtual worlds communities and put our heads together to develop this new kind of organization - a champion for the community built from the ground up and the middle out.

 

Near the end of our work getting all of the tools in place for the community, IMA sprung a leak when we opened our website for preliminary review... the media would wait no longer to announce the formation of IMA! Amidst the latest community statistics report, we found we'd been outed when we heard about this line "Infinite Metaverse Alliance launches to help share code and tools" in the article at http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2017/02/february-monthly-stats-report-opensim-grids-gain-more-hypergrid-active-users/

As we fine-tuned our hybrid structure taking inputs from the community, IMA began forming its Advisory Board which will have both appointed (to advise core IMA working group committees) and elected (to advise subscriber and non-subscriber working group committees). We have been very fortunate to have such talented and engaged members of the Virtual Worlds community at large from within Open Simulator and outside of Open Simulator communities. We've held many meetings, asked and answered many questions, and were rewarded with great feedback and new ideas!

 

During a recent meeting, several questions came about regarding our process for working groups. To help answer questions, we can refer to the following diagram:

 

 

Recently, we were asked about what resources IMA will be providing to our research and development working groups. While we have an idea what we can provide and what we think the working groups could use effectively, the door is always open to adding more resources if needed as the working group activities get underway!

 

To start, here is a list of resources IMA initially offers to Working Groups: