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W3C - Web Open Standards, Digital Ecosystems.

Oct 8th 2008 - Tampere

OPAALS Annual Conference.


W3C Associate Chair,

Director of International Relations and Offices

These slides at


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.

What Open Standards means ?

A lot of debates nowadays for a common definition of Open Standards(IGF, EC, etc)

W3C Eating its own dog food!

W3C works with thousands of engineers using the Web and the Internet as a platform.

Many using Semantic Web technologies on the server, and accessible to participants with disabilities.

Like IETF, our process is one of our specification (bootstrap principle)

W3C Results

W3C technologies

W3C = Digital Ecosystem

Web Future

The Web influences the world, and the world influences the Web.

IST: technologies + social convention + law

Things to remember: First Web browser was an editor too.

TimBL: If the Foundation achieves all the things I can imagine now, we will have failed.