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Fashion Research Foundation
virtual worlds for education

Fashion Research Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization located in New York.  Founded in 2007, FRF is engaged in educational research using virtual worlds for education in the fields of design and art.

Legal Steering Committee
The Foundation serves as the parent organization for several programs, which include a virtual world Legal Steering Committee, comprised of Legal Fellows who meet biweekly to examine legal aspects of intellectual property and licensing in OpenSim-based virtual worlds.  This Committee is currently tasked with developing a lexicography that will serve as the basis of standardized legal contracts, and will be made freely available through the Foundation according to a standardized agreement.

Society of Professional Virtua Designers
The Foundation also provides an umbrella for the Professional Virtua Designer Society.  This professional organization provides a comprehensive suite of benefits and professional development tools to its members.  The Society has developed professional standards by which avatar apparel and other virtual goods may be critiqued and judged, and offers courses and seminars intended to help its members further develop their career in a professional environment.

Fellowships in Technology and Design
The Foundation also offers Fellowships in Technology and Design.  These Fellowships are intended to enable those interested individuals to work with the Foundation in various roles. 

Fashion Research Foundation Press
In addition to its research efforts, the Foundation includes a publishing arm, the Fashion Research Foundation Press, which publishes non-fiction and textbooks for the fashion design, apparel industry, and the emerging niche market of virtua design and development.  

Executive Director
FRI CEO Shenlei Winkler

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