W3C Exec Summary
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an International Consortium
where Member and External organizations, a full-time technical staff, and the
public work together to lead the World Wide Web to its full
potential by developing Web standards such as protocols and
guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web.
- Goals: Interoperability, Universality,
- Neutral/nonforprofit, consensus based, open
participation, open results
- ~450 members, ~70 staff,
- ~50 Working Groups ~20 Coordination Groups and Interest Groups
- Hosting: MIT (America), ERCIM (Europe) and Keio
University (Japan) + 17 Offices
- Advisory Board, Technical Architecture Group
- Liaisons with 40+ other standards
bodies, Accountable to the global Public
What Open Standards means ?
A lot of debates nowadays for a common definition of Open
Standards(IGF, EC, etc)
- Transparent process
- Open participation
- Technical Consensus
- Running code
- Free and Persistent Specification
- W3C Patent Policy for Web Technologies
W3C Standards Track
As of last month: 16 offices: CSIRO, CWI, BUAA, DMI, FhG, Forth, HKUST,
SZTAKI, CDAC, CNR, HUJI, CTIC, ETRI, EMI, SICS, CCLRC
Roles/Benefits of the Offices
- Internationalization of W3C, being truly worldwide
- Increasing membership in the region, better participation and transfer
of knowledge from/about the region to W3C
- Raising W3C awareness in the region, through appearances, events
organized by Offices
- Regional networking, especially with governmental agencies, eGov
- Improving press contacts, local education and dissemination of our
and Keeping the program under control, human and scalable.
- Welcome to our new Office at the Meraka Institute, CSIR, South
- Same goals
- facilitate economic and social development
- leverage international science and technology collaboration
- establish global links to contribute to and take advantage of
international efforts in redressing the Digital Divide.
creation years + some potential candidates.
||Germany, Hong Kong, Greece, Netherlands, Sweden
||Australia, Israel, Morocco
||Hungary, Finland, Korea
||Southern Africa, Tunisia, Brazil
||Chile? Russia ? Canada ?
||Poland ? SoutheastAsia ? WesternAfrica ?