The Social Computing Room (SCR) is a novel collaborative visualization environment for viewing and interacting
with large amounts of visual data. The SCR consists of a square room with 12 projectors (3 per wall) used to
display a single 360-degree desktop environment that provides a large physical real estate for arranging visual
information. The SCR was designed to be cost-effective, collaborative, configurable, widely applicable, and
approachable for naive users. Because the SCR displays a single desktop, a wide range of applications is easily
supported, making it possible for a variety of disciplines to take advantage of the room. We provide a technical
overview of the room and highlight its application to scientific visualization, arts and humanities projects, research
group meetings, and virtual worlds, among other uses.