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The Incubator Activity is closed (April 2012). In 6 years, W3C Members started 28 Incubator Groups. A significant proportion of Incubator Groups resulted in Recommendation Track work.

The Incubator Activity provided valuable experience on which W3C has built a more solid and more inclusive program, Community and Business Groups. Anyone can propose a Community Group, anyone may join at no cost, groups start quickly, participants contribute materials under a Royalty-Free patent license and permissive copyright, groups have no chartered end date. W3C provides participants a more useful (and growing) set of collaborative tools, and more.

About the Incubator Activity

The W3C Incubator Activity fosters rapid development, on a time scale of a year or less, of new Web-related concepts. Target concepts include innovative ideas for specifications, guidelines, and applications that are not (or not yet) clear candidates as Web standards developed through the more thorough process afforded by the W3C Recommendation Track. Advantages of the Incubator Activity include:

The Incubator Activity is being operated on an experimental basis, and will be reviewed periodically with the W3C Membership. If it proves to be useful, all or elements of the concepts being tested could be incorporated into future versions of the W3C Process Document.

Past News

Note: Before 1 August 2009, W3C published XG news on this page and on the W3C home page (and thus in the News Archive). As of 1 August 2009, news will no longer be published/archived on this page.

W3C Launches Open Web Education Alliance Incubator Group

2009-06-17: W3C today launched the Open Web Education Alliance Incubator Group, whose mission is to help enhance and standardize the architecture of the World Wide Web by facilitating the highest quality standards and best practice based education for future generations of Web professionals. See the full news item.

W3C Launches Social Web Incubator Group

2009-04-06: W3C today launched the Social Web Incubator Group, whose mission is to understand the systems and technologies that permit the description and identification of people, groups, organizations, and user-generated content in extensible and privacy-respecting ways. See the full news item.

W3C Launches Semantic Sensor Network Incubator Group

2008-12-04: W3C today launched the Semantic Sensor Network Incubator Group, whose mission is to begin the formal process of producing ontologies that define the capabilities of sensors and sensor networks, and to develop semantic annotations of a key language used by services based sensor networks. See the full news item.

Incubator Group Report: RDB2RDF

2009-02-10: The RDB2RDF Incubator Group published their final report. Read the full news item.

Incubator Group Report: Elements of an EmotionML 1.0

2008-11-25: The Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group published their final report. Read the full news item.

W3C Launches Model-based User Interfaces Incubator Group

2008-10-27: W3C launched the Model-based User Interfaces Incubator Group to evaluate research on model-based user interface design as a framework for authoring Web applications and with a view to proposing work on related standards.

W3C Launches Common Web Language Evaluation and Installation Incubator Group

2008-06-24: W3C launched the Common Web Language Evaluation and Installation Incubator Group to evaluate the CWL language from multilingualism, semantic computing and semantic web points of view. Based on these evaluation and feedback, the CWL and its platform will stand up in actual use in the Web; see the news story.

W3C Launches Product Modelling Incubator Group

2008-05-01: W3C launched the Product Modelling Incubator Group today to define a small core of basic classes and properties for product modelling; see the news story.

Incubator Group Report: Uncertainty Reasoning for the World Wide Web

2008-04-15: The Uncertainty Reasoning for the World Wide Web Incubator Group published their final report.; see the news story.

Incubator Group Report: Common Web Language

2008-04-15: The Common Web Language Incubator Group published their final report; see the news story.

W3C Launches Rich Web Application Backplane Incubator Group

2008-04-09: W3C launched the Rich Web Application Backplane Incubator Group today to explore and refine the architecture of a "Rich Web Application Backplane" -- a set of common building blocks for Web applications. (News archive)

RDB2RDF Incubator Group to Study Mapping Relational Data into RDF

2008-03-04: W3C launched the RDB2RDF Incubator Group today to Study Mapping Relational Data into RDF. The mission of this Incubator Group is twofold: (1) to examine and classify existing approaches to mapping relational data into RDF and assess whether standardization is possible and/or necessary in this area, and (2) to examine and classify existing approaches to mapping OWL classes to Relational data, or, more accurately, SQL queries, moving towards the goal of defining a standard in this area. (News archive)

SWS Testbed Incubator Group Closed

2008-12-04: W3C closed the SWS Testbed Incubator Group today; see the group's SWS Challenge Testbed Incubator Methodology Report.

W3C Launches Emergency Information Interoperability Framework Incubator Group

2007-12-11: W3C launched the Emergency Information Interoperability Framework Incubator Group today to review and analyse the current state-of-the-art in vocabularies used in emergency management functions and to investigate the path forward via an emergency management systems information interoperability framework. (News archive)

W3C Opens Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group

2007-11-29: W3C launched the Emotion Markup Language Incubator Group today with a new charter. (News archive)

Incubator Group Reports: Geospatial Vocabulary and Geospatial Ontologies

2007-10-31: W3C published two Incubator Reports from the Geospatial XG titled Geospatial Vocabulary and Geospatial Ontologies. (News archive)

Incubator Group Report: Image Annotation on the Semantic Web

2007-08-16: W3C published an Incubator Report from the Multimedia Semantics XG titled Image Annotation on the Semantic Web. (News archive)

Incubator Group Report: Multimedia Vocabularies on the Semantic Web

2007-07-25: W3C published an Incubator Report from the Multimedia Semantics XG titled Multimedia Vocabularies on the Semantic Web. (News archive)

Incubator Group Report: Emotion Markup Language

2007-02-20: W3C published the Final Report of the (First) W3C Emotion Incubator Group. (News archive)

Uncertainty Reasoning for the World Wide Web Incubator Group Launched

2007-02-05: W3C launches the Uncertainty Reasoning for the World Wide Web Incubator Group. (News archive)

SWS Testbed Incubator Group Launched

2007-02-05: W3C launches the SWS Testbed Incubator Group. (News archive)

W3C Content Label Incubator Group Final Report Published

2007-02-20: W3C published the Final Report of the W3C Content Label Incubator Group: W3C Content Labels. (News archive)

Common Web Language Incubator Group Launched

2006-11-06: W3C launches the Common Web Language Incubator Group. (News archive)

Emotion Incubator Group Launched

2006-07-19: W3C launches the Emotion Incubator Group. (News archive)

Geospatial Incubator Group Launched

2006-07-05: W3C launches the Geospatial Incubator Group. (News archive)

Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group Launched

2006-04-25: W3C launches the Multimedia Semantics Incubator Group. (News archive)

W3C Launches Incubator Activity

2006-02-08: W3C launches the Incubator Activity. Read the press release. (News archive)

Past Incubator Groups

Group, Charter XGR Start Date End Date
Emotion Markup Language
(charter)
Elements of an EmotionML 1.0 29 November 2007 25 November 2008
Emotion
(charter)
Final Report of the W3C Emotion Incubator Group 19 July 2006 10 July 2007
Content Label
(charter)
W3C Content Labels 8 February 2006 20 February 2007
Multimedia Semantics
(charter)
Image Annotation on the Semantic Web, Multimedia Vocabularies on the Semantic Web 25 April 2006 16 August 2007
Geospatial
(charter)
Geospatial Vocabulary and Geospatial Ontologies 05 July 2006 31 October 2007
Uncertainty Reasoning for the World Wide Web
(charter)
Uncertainty Reasoning for the World Wide Web 5 March 2007 22 April 2008
Common Web Language
(charter)
Common Web Language 6 November 2006 1 May 2008
SWS Testbed
(charter)
SWS Challenge Testbed Incubator Methodology Report 5 March 2007 4 December 2008
RDB2RDF
(charter)
RDB2RDF Incubator Group Report 4 March 2008 6 February 2009
Emergency Information Interoperability Framework
(charter)
W3C EIIF Incubator Group Report, Emergency Information Interoperability Frameworks 11 December 2007 18 August 2009
Product Modelling
(charter)
Product Modelling using Semantic Web Technologies 1 May 2008 8 October 2009
Common Web Language Evaluation and Installation
(charter)
No report 24 June 2008 26 October 2009
Rich Web Application Backplane
(charter)
Rich Web Application Backplane XG Final Report 9 April 2008 27 October 2009
Model-based User Interfaces
(charter)
Model-Based UI XG Final Report 27 October 2008 30 April 2010
MashSSL
(charter)
MashSSL XG Final Report 22 October 2009 30 June 2010
Social Web
(charter)
Social Web XG Final Report 6 April 2009 6 December 2010
Provenance
(charter)
Provenance XG Final Report 22 September 2009 14 December 2010
Semantic Sensor Network
(charter)
Semantic Sensor Network XG Final Report 4 March 2009 28 June 2011
Library Linked Data
(charter)
Library Linked Data XG Final Report 21 May 2010 31 August 2011
Object Memory Modeling
(charter)
Object Memory Modeling 27 September 2010 26 September 2011
Unified Service Description Language
(charter)
Unified Service Description Language XG Final Report 17 September 2010 18 September 2011
HTML Speech
(charter)
HTML Speech XG Final Report 30 August 2010 30 November 2011
WebID
(charter)
XG transitioned to CG
14 January 2011 17 January 2012
Federated Social Web
(charter)
XG transitioned to CG
15 December 2010 12 January 2012
Media Analysis Management Interface
(charter)
Media Analysis Management Interface Report 13 December 2010 25 January 2012
Audio
(charter)
No report
12 May 2010 28 March 2012
Open Web Education Alliance
(charter)
No report (unpublished White Paper)
17 June 2009 30 March 2012
Decisions and Decision-Making
(charter)
Towards a Semantic Decision Representation Format (Final Report)
11 March 2010 17 April 2012

Coralie Mercier, Incubator Activity Lead
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