Aye, it is a great day for me and my team today.
After a long wait, and a longer still period, we finally published our early approach for integration of virtual worlds in information systems - Learning Management Systems (LMS) in particular, but actually applicable in most business information systems.
We called it MULTIS - the name of a project funded by the company then called Portugal Telecom Inovação (now Altice Labs). It enables customization and control of the learning experience in virtual worlds, from the traditional backoffice of a Web-centric information system.
The paper also provides a detailed literature review on such efforts and related technology.
Now off to write how we used this architecture and what we achieved...