An individual becomes an Invited Expert in a group as follows:
- The Chair and Team Contact hold preliminary discussions with the
- The individual provides the information
required of an Invited Expert as follows:
- The Team Contact reviews the request. If participation in the Group
requires access to the W3C Member Web site,
review of the application by W3C Management is required,
following the internal
process regarding Invited Experts (Team-only).
- If the application is approved, the Team invites the individual to
complete the procedure of formally joining the Group.
Principles Guiding Invitations and Periodic Review
188.8.131.52 of the W3C Process Document explains that W3C sometimes invites
an individual with particular expertise to become a Invited Expert in a
Group. The Team generally follows these principles when considering an
- Invited expert status is normally granted to either independent
individuals (i.e., individuals not significantly affiliated with business
interests), or to academics affiliated with institutions of higher
- Invited expert status is not normally granted to individuals employed
by organizations which have significant business interest in results from
W3C. This might even include some not-for-profit organizations. Such
organizations SHOULD join W3C.
- Under almost no circumstances will invited expert status be granted to
an individual whose support comes from an financially solvent
organization which has terminated its W3C membership.
- If the case is made that granting invited expert status to an
individual supported by a "membership candidate" organization would
enhance the chances that organization would join W3C, then a provisional
3-month or 6-month invitation might well be issued. For an individual
supported by a "membership candidate"organization, it is expected that
6-month invitation will remain the default option and 3-month should only
be used for exceptional cases or as an extension option to a previously
agreed 6-month invitation.
- When an organization joins under the Introductory Industry Membership program, employees who are already Invited Experts may complete their terms as
Invited Experts. Invited Expert status is not normally renewed for those employees, or granted to other employees of an Introductory Industry Member.
The status of all Invited Experts is reviewed at least once a year, and
may be reviewed more frequently, to ensure that information supplied on their
application is still current (for instance organizational affiliation,
participation commitment, etc.).
Member Access to W3C Site
Only after an individual has accepted an invitation from the Team to
participate in a Working or Interest Group as an invited expert, and only for groups where Member access is required, is that individual
granted “Member access” to the W3C Web site.