W3C’s Technologies and e-Government

Ivan Herman, World Wide Web Consortium
WWW2006, Edinburgh, UK, 23rd of May, 2006

Pipers on the streets of Edinburgh


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Slides of the presentation given at the Workshop on E-Government: Barriers and Opportunities, within the framework of the WWW2006 Conference, Edinburgh, on the 23rd of May, 2006.

Ivan Herman, W3C, <ivan@w3.org>

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

“To lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web”

W3C’s Long Term Goals

The WAI home page on a SP910 phone

W3C and eGovernments

We will address two issues:

  1. What are open standards and why are they important for eGovernment?
  2. Which technologies areas of W3C are relevant for eGovernment?

So… Why Bother?

Why Bother: Internet Stack Benefits

Separate markets exist for:

Open standards allow different layers to evolve independently and therefore faster and better!

Why Bother: User/Vendor Benefits

And… How do you Measure the Cost of

photo with duplicate rail tracks with different widths

Source: http://www.k-report.net/

Wap 1 Example

Comparison of WAP vs WAP2

[Source: T-mobile]

Standards and e-Government?

Standards and e-Government (cont)?

Besides: governments shows the way for local industry, it serves as general example and reference

So What Are Open Standards?

Open Standards: an EU View

[Source: European Interoperability Framework for pan-European eGovernment Services]

Open Standards: W3C’s View

Success of Internet and Web depended/depends on open standards

How This Work at W3C?

Patent Problem Grew …

Increasing number of patent suits in US over time (bar graph)

Patent Problem Grew …

Increasing number of patent suits in US over time (bar graph)

W3C Had to Develop its Own PP

Patent Policy in a Nutshell

Goal: Produce Recommendations implementable on Royalty-Free basis and allow technical work to with minimal interruption

The W3C Technology Stack…

 Technology stack, see http://www.w3.org/Consortium/techstack-desc.html for more details

The Real Question


Semantic Web

Mobile Web

simple interaction in danish
simple interaction in danish
(courtesy of solidapp.com)

Scalable Vector Graphics


Web Accessibility



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