Talks by W3C Speakers (Last six months)

Many in the W3C community — including staff, chairs, and Member representatives — present W3C work at conferences and other events. Below you will find a list some of the talks. All material is copyright of the author, except where otherwise noted.

June 2015

  • 2015-06-07 (7 JUN)
    The internet of things is predicated on tiny, cheap, lower power computers being embedded in devices everywhere. However such tiny devices by definition have very little memory and computing power available to support user interfaces or extended servers, and so the user interface needs to be distributed over the network. This paper describes techniques using standard technologies based on XML for creating remote user-interfaces for the Internet of Things.
  • 2015-06-12 (12 JUN)

    GIS and the Web – what's the problem?

    by Phil Archer

    AGILE 2015

    Lisbon, Portugal

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.


    The standards that underpin geospatial data all use Web technologies, notably XML which first became a W3C standard on 10 February 1998. So how come integrating geospatial data with other data on the Web is so hard and often requires manual intervention? Web applications often need to access small parts of multiple large datasets, search engines need to match unstructured text on the Web with locations, data publishers have a lot of choice in how they share their data but which of the many available standards is best for a given context? These problems and more arise at least in part from the difference in culture between the geospatial world in which the primary reference is to a point, line or polygon, and the Web where the primary reference is the identifier, the URI, of a document, a concept, a building or a data point - one property of which might be a location.

    A workshop on this topic organised by the EU's SmartOpenData project in March 2014 lead directly to a collaborative effort between the two key standards bodies: the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). W3C's Data Activity Lead, Phil Archer, will reflect on the problems that have been identified and what needs to be done if the two ecosystems are to benefit from each other's data.

  • 2015-06-18 (18 JUN)

    The convergence of EPUB and the Web

    by Ivan Herman, in cooperation with the Germany and Austria Office

    Buchtage Berlin 2015

    Berlin, Germany

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    The vision for EPUB+WEB, put forward by experts of IDPF and W3C, is that portable documents become fully native citizens of the Open Web Platform. In this vision, the current format- and workflow-level separation between offline/portable (EPUB) and online (Web) document publishing is diminished to zero. These are merely two dynamic manifestations of the same publication: content authored with online use as the primary mode can easily be saved by the user for offline reading in portable document form. Publishers can choose to utilize either or both of these publishing modes, and users can choose either or both of these consumption modes. Essential features flow seamlessly between online and offline modes; examples include cross-references, user annotations, access to online databases, as well as licensing and rights management. This presentation gives a higher level overview of this overall vision.

July 2015

September 2015

  • 2015-09-02 (2 SEP)
  • 2015-09-09 (9 SEP)

    Special Event: Standardization Brown-Bag (panel)

    by Deborah Dahl

    Interspeech 2015

    Dresden, Germany

    Relevant technology areas: Browsers and Other Agents and Web of Devices.

    This special event is dedicated to standards in speech and multimodal technology. Three distinguished panelists representing different standardization bodies will be discussing a variety of topics concerning standardization activities with the audience. Topics include: •Goals of standardization •(Dis)Advantages of standardization •How do different standardization bodies address these goals? What are their pros and cons? •What use cases are especially interesting to the Interspeech community? •What existing standards should the Interspeech community know about? •What new standards are needed to support use cases of interest to the Interspeech community? What aspects are missing in standardization, how should they be handled? •How can one get engaged in standardization activities? •What different levels of standards are there (note, working draft, recommendation, etc.)? •What is a typical timeline to develop a standard? •Types of standards publishers (informal standards based on industry/research consortia vs. formal standards bodies; “open specifications” published by a single vendor) •Best practices vs. standards
  • 2015-09-24 (24 SEP)2015-09-27 (27 SEP)

    E-böcker på alla plattformar - portabelt format (eBooks on all platforms - portable format)

    by Olle Olsson

    (The Book Fair)

    Gothenburg, Sweden

    A short overview of the main objectives of the Digital Publishing Activity, and the EPUB-WEB vision.

October 2015

November 2015

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