The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the sponsors of the Mobile Web Initiative (MWI) are organizing a morning of presentations related to challenges and opportunites for the mobile Web, on Tuesday 15 November 2005, at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), central London.
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the Web
"The Mobile Web Initiative's goal is to make browsing the Web from mobile devices a reality. W3C and mobile industry leaders are working together to improve Web content production and access for mobile users and the greater Web."
The rich Web environment is one that users now expect to access from mobile devices as well as the desktop. Yet interoperability and usability problems persist, and mobile Web access still suffers as a result. Compared to the Web 10 years ago, the mobile Web will benefit from crucial advantages such as: many potentially connected users, lots of available content, and important interest from the industry.
With the support of international mobile industry leaders, W3C recently launched the Mobile Web Initiative, which aims to use existing standards in documentable ways to improve the mobile experience on the Web.
The Mobile Web Initiative (MWI) is one of the twenty-four W3C Activities. MWI is composed of two Working Groups:
The Mobile Web Initiative is led by key players in the mobile production chain, including authoring tool vendors, content providers, adaptation providers, handset manufacturers, browser vendors and mobile operators.
Authoring tool vendors will benefit from MWI through an increased demand for tools that generate mobile -friendly content. In turn, by supporting MWI Best Practices, authoring tools will enable the creation of content that works independent of aparticular handset or browser.
Content providers will benefit from MWI through more reliable device descriptions. Also, the cost of content creation will be significantly reduced by authoring tools, browsers and handsets that are compatible with Web standards. By following MWI Best Practices, content providers will reach a larger and more satisfied audience.
Browser vendors will benefit from MWI through reduced browser development costs. Strong liaisons between standards organizations will lower the risk of an expensive divergence between mobile access to the Web and desktop access. In turn, by implementing Web standards, browser vendors will provide a reliable and interoperable target fo content and adaptation providers.
Adaptation providers - those who supply tools and services to allow content to be selected, generated or modified - will benefit from MWI by sharing the cost of developing and maintaining high-quality device descriptions. In turn, by supporting MWI Best Practices, adaptation tools will be more valuable to content providers and other players in the mobile production chain.
Device manufacturers will benefit from MWI through increased sales of handsets that provide mobile Web services on emerging mobile data networks. In turn, by making descriptions of device characteristics such as the screen size readily available, device manufacturers will enable a high-quality user experience across a wide range of devices with very different capabilities.
Mobile operators will benefit from MWI through increased take up of data services, resulting in an increase in the average revenue per user (ARPU). Reliable mobile Web access will also lower the cost of deployment and reduce costs for customer support. By encouraging the use of MWI Best Practices throughout the mobile content production chain, operators will be able to improve the mobile Web experience for all.
Daniel K. Appelquist is a senior technology strategist for Vodafone Group and also serves as Vodafone's W3C Advisory Committee representative. He has been a pioneer in online media and in content delivery to mobile devices. At Vodafone, he helped to launch the award-winning Vodafone Live! mobile portal in the UK. In his current role, he is responsible for Vodafone's participation in content, browsing and Web Services standards and industry initiatives. He has been a key participant in the development and launch of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative and currently chairs the MWI "Mobile Web Best Practices" Working Group.
Tim Berners-Lee has served as Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since its inception. A graduate of Oxford University, England, Tim is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). With a background of system design in real-time communications and text processing software development, in 1989 he invented the World Wide Web, an Internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing. While working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, he wrote the first Web client (browser-editor), first Web server, and first version of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) in 1990.
As Head of Business Development for S60 Browsing at Nokia, Franklin Davis has global responsibility for working with 3rd parties to build a rich mobile browsing ecosystem. Previously he lived in Helsinki for 2 years as head of the Infotainment Service Capability Area, managing end-to-end technologies for mobile Browsing, Java, Content Download, and Remote Service Discovery. For his first 3 years at Nokia in Boston he developed and showcased WAP 1.x and 2.0 applications, working with operators, device manufacturers and content developers. Earlier in his career at Thinking Machines Corporation he built text search and database applications for the Connection Machine massively parallel supercomputer. At Avid Technology he was responsible for creating and guiding the standardization of OMFI, a specification for exchanging movie and video editing data among digital post-production applications. He holds a Masters of Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies.
Rotan Hanrahan has been with MobileAware since its foundation. He is the Chief Innovations Architect and is responsible for R&D and technical standards. He represents MobileAware in the W3C. He is the Chair of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative Device Description Working Group (DDWG) and is also an active member of the Device Independence Working Group (DIWG). He has been involved in many hi-tech activities including the WAP Forum, the Java Community Process and Apache and is a regular seminarpresenter. Prior to joining MobileAware, Rotan was a senior consultant for Telenor and earlier held the position of Senior Academic at the Institute of Technology. He was also the Technical Administrator of the National Institute Network, now known as ITNet. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the National University of Ireland.
Philipp Hoschka , W3C Deputy Director, is responsible for technical contacts with European research and development. In addition, Philipp heads the W3C Interaction Domain, which delivers W3C's key user interface specifications, e.g. HTML, SVG and VoiceXML. Philipp currently focuses on making mobile Web access work and was instrumental in the creation of the Mobile Web Initiative. In the past, he spearheaded the development of the SMIL Recommendation at W3C. Previously, Philipp was responsible for the W3C Architecture Domain, which issues all core XML specifications from the W3C. Philipp chaired numerous W3C workshops that explored new Web developments, most notably the Workshops on the Mobile Web Initiative, Web Services, Television and the Web, Push Technology and Real-Time Multimedia and the Web. Philipp holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Rhys Lewis is Chief Scientist for Volantis Systems Ltd. He is chair of the W3C Device Independence Working Group. He is also Volantis' W3C Advisory Committee representative and member of the Mobile Web Initiative Steering Council. Rhys has been with Volantis since the beginning, and has helped it to grow into one of the world's foremost providers of software and services that deliver the mobile web. In his current role, Rhys leads Volantis product and technology research efforts as well as being responsible for its involvement in standards development. Prior to that, he lead the Volantis' product architectecure team. Before joining Volantis, Rhys had a long career with IBM, which included spells in research, in development and in consultancy. He was one of the original designers of IBM's Websphere MQ message queuing middleware product. He has also published books on message queuing and on digital image processing. Rhys holds a degree in Biophysics from the University of Leeds, and Ph.D. in Biophysics from Kings College, University of London.
Charles McCathieNevile works for Opera Software bringing the experience of developing a multi-platform browser to the ongoing development of the Web. A generalist by nature, with a degree in medieval history, he has worked extensively the information technology industry since the early 1980s. His technical interest is in ensuring that Web technology is developed in a way that allows it to be used by anyone, anywhere, with as wide a range of technology choice as possible. Prior to joining Opera in 2005 Charles worked for W3C for 6 years, primarily in the areas of Semantic Web and Accessibility. In his spare time he is Vice-president of Fundación Sidar, a non-profit organisation working in the Iberian languages to improve standards and practice for ensuring an accessible Web.
Jo Rabin is currently on assignment with Mobile Top Level Domain Limited (mTLD), the registry for the new .mobi top level domain. .mobi has a special emphasis on providing an enhanced user experience of the Internet from mobile devices. As part of this role he represents .mobi at W3C, and is co-editor of the Mobile Web Best Practice Recommendations. Other recent assignments have been with AmbieSense, Flirtomatic and Markup Systems. He worked for a number of years with Reuters Limited where he held various roles, including CTO of Reuters Mobile as well as being responsible for the development of Reuters foreign exchange trading network. Earlier in his career he helped start the UK's first public electronic mail system, Telecom Gold.
Paul Walsh is the co-founder and CEO of Segala. Using a method called RDF-Content Label, Paul has helped Segala become the first company worldwide to deliver a trustmark that enables search engines, browsers and other tools, to filter search results based on ‘trust’ for Web accessibility and mobile content. He has also helped Segala to be the first testing and conformance specialist worldwide to become an Associate Member of the GSM Association. Prior to setting up Segala, Paul worked for a number of mobile companies such as Vodafone, Orange, ADC Metrica, CMG and others. His roles spanned strategy realignment and auditing through to radical cultural change. Previous to working in the mobile industry, Paul was an executive at Eqos, a pioneer in the development of Web technologies for B2B Supplier Management. Prior to that, Paul was one of the very first employed by AOL in Europe during the early 90s as the International Beta Coordinator and Technical Accounts Manager for the UK and Sweden. Paul is Segala’s W3C Advisory Committee representative and member of the Mobile Web Initiative Steering Council. He is also an executive of the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) – a trading standards body for the Interactive industry.
Keith Waters is Director of Research at France Telecom's R&D laboratory in Boston, USA, and he also holds the title of France Telecom Senior Expert. His specialty is usage and services focusing on multimodal access and mobile browsing. Keith has been involved in the W3C for several years; most recently in the Device Independence Working Group as the lead for Delivery Context Interfaces (DCI) activity. Prior to France Telecom he was a senior reseacher at Compaq's Cambridge Research Laboratory where he built prototype systems including the first Smart Kiosk. Keith holds a Ph.D. in Computer Graphics from Middlesex University in the U.K.
Jonas Wilhelmsson is Co-founder and VP, Partner and Alliances at Drutt Corporation, a leading provider of MSDP solutions to mobile operators. Drutt Corp was founded in May 2000 as a result of the successful partnership between Telia and Oracle, which Jonas initiated and directed at Telia. At Telia Mobile, Jonas was in charge of Wireless Internet, VAS and Mobile Commerce services. He was director of Telia's WAP deployment and sat on the Executive Board of the Global Mobile Commerce Forum. He was also a founding member of the Mobile Data Initiative in 1998, one of the first cross-industry attempts to push mobile data services. Before joining Telia, Jonas was a strategy consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), working with leading players in the communications industry in the UK, Scandinavia and South Africa. Jonas has an MBA from Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.
W3C established the Mobile Web Initiative through the MWI sponsorship program and
with the financial support of the following Sponsors:
The mission of W3C's Mobile Web Initiative (W3C MWI) is to make Web access from a mobile device as simple, easy, and convenient as Web access from a desktop device. Through the MWI Sponsorship Program, key players in the mobile production chain, including authoring tool vendors, content providers, handset manufacturers, adaptation providers, browser vendors and mobile operators lead the Initiative. MWI participants develop authoring guidelines, checklists and best practices, as well as a database of descriptions that can be used by content authors to adapt their content to a particular device. For more information see http://www.w3.org/Mobile/