World Wide Web Consortium Launches Indian Office

W3C Connects Web Standards to Rapidly Growing Technical Hub

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http://www.w3.org/ -- 27 October 2005 -- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announces the launch of its Indian Office on 10 November 2005. Based at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in Noida, India, it is the first W3C Office launched since the introduction of W3C's new fee structure for organizations in developing countries.

The opening ceremony coincides with the International Conference & Workshop on Web Technologies on 10-11 November 2005 at the Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi. Among those attending the opening ceremony are Dr. Steve Bratt, COO of W3C, and representatives of leading industries and research institutes in India.

The conference is a public event with presentations from the W3C staff including:

India's IT Industry Exhibiting Huge Growth

In the last decade, India has made its presence felt in the fast growing global information technology (IT) industry. A World Bank funded study has confirmed that foreign vendors rate India as their top choice for software outsourcing. Indian software companies are increasingly providing sophisticated solutions for ecommerce, e-banking, CRM, SCM, telecom software, mobile Internet, WAP, network integration, application development, robotics, embedded software, microelectronics design and software engineering among others. India boasts of over 50 percent of the world’s SEI CMM Level 5 companies, COPC/ISO recognized Customer Interaction Centers, over 150 R&D institutions, as well as one of the highest concentrations of technical universities and colleges in the world.

C-DAC Provides a Network of Connections All Around India

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), a scientific institution under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, is engaged in the design, development and deployment of electronics and advanced IT products and services.

Known for its OpenFrame Architecture of PARAM series of supercomputers, C-DAC has developed a wide range of technologies and products in natural language processing (NLP), artificial intelligence (AI), e-learning, multimedia, multilingual computing, geomatics, data warehousing, data mining, digital and broadband wireless networks, scientific modelling and visualization, health care, telemedicine and picture archival and communication systems.

About W3C Offices

As its Members work to realize the full potential of the Web, W3C collaborates with regional organizations wishing to further W3C's mission. The W3C Offices assist with promotion efforts in local languages, help broaden W3C's geographical base, and encourage international participation in W3C Activities. W3C currently has 15 Offices in Australia, the Benelux countries, Germany and Austria, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Morocco, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and Ireland.

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The W3C was created to lead the Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users, and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. To date, nearly 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium. For more information see http://www.w3.org/