The vision of a global cyberspace has inspired a lot of research in the field
of Virtual Environments. However, virtual environments today remain island
solutions, due to a diversity of incompatible data and protocol designs. In
this paper we introduce the concept of Semantic Virtual Environments (SVE), a
scalable approach to this problem, based on the W3C Resource Description
Framework. SVE provides a unified machine understandable view on virtual
environments, which is suitable both for processing by software agents and
presentation to human users.