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 Eating its own dog food!
W3C works with thousands of engineers using the Web and the Internet as a
- Emails, open archives (e.g. HTML5 WG today)
- Web sites under w3.org (public, member, team)
- Web 2.0 applications (action item, issues tracker, web survey)
- Web DB tools (to manager participants)
- Instant Message (IRC) + bots for teleconferencing
- VOIP, slides in HTML/CSS, etc
Many using Semantic Web technologies on the server, and accessible to
participants with disabilities.
Like IETF, our process is one of our specification (bootstrap
A Memorandum commitment
- Develop and deploy technologies and practices to meet the evolving
needs of the global Internet.
- Engage with governments and other stakeholders of OECD and non-OECD
- Invite governments to join us in an open and collaborative
And much more!