Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Virtual Arizona Experience launched

The virtual Arizona Experience website went live today at noon, launched by Gov. Jan Brewer at a special Centennial event in Phoenix. The website is full of interactive, multimedia content from nearly 300 content providers so far. It is intended to serve as a 4-dimensional portal to discover, explorer, and ultimately, experience Arizona, in ways never tried before.

AZGS has the lead role in creating the Virtual Arizona Experience, starting only three months ago.

We went live this morning with two themes - Land and Celebration. Each month for the next year, we will roll out another major theme, with March's being Mines and Mineral Resources.

The site is supported by Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation as a presenting sponsor with additional funding from the Helios Education Foundation. Microsoft Research and ESRI are providing in-kind resources and technical support.

There's lots more to tell about the site and the AZGS team that built it in record time, but it's been a long day, and that will have to wait for other posts.


  1. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Very impressive and very interesting and informative. Well done!

  2. Curious that Freeport would support a virtual mineral education when they participated in the elimination of the real thing (former Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum and K-12 education programs). How much profit do you suppose they could make on virtual mines?.