MEDIA ADVISORY: Realizing Government Transparency and Openness Through Standard Web Technologies

W3C eGovernment Stakeholder Meeting Welcomes IT and Policy Representatives from Government and Industry to Washington, DC March 12-13, 2009

Contact Americas, Australia --
Ian Jacobs, <ian@w3.org>, +1.718.260.9447
Contact Europe, Africa and the Middle East --
Marie-Claire Forgue, <mcf@w3.org>, +33.492.38.75.94

http://www.w3.org/ -- 25 February 2009 -- The World Wide Web Consortium's eGovernment Interest Group will hold a special stakeholder meeting hosted by the American Institute of Architects on 12-13 March in Washington, DC to address the goals, benefits and limitations of implementing electronic government. The two-day meeting provides a global forum for IT and policy representatives from government and industry to address the political, legal, financial, and social factors that impact the successful implementation of open government initiatives. The goal of the forum is to document progressive solutions for electronic government as well as to develop a road map for developing Web standards to realize open and interoperable solutions.

Representatives from global government organizations and private industry will hear presentations from Ellen Miller, co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation; John Sheridan, Head of e-Services and Strategy for The National Archives of the United Kingdom; Kevin Novak, Vice President, Integrated Web Strategy and Technology, The American Institute of Architects, and Jose M. Alonso, W3C eGovernment Activity Lead and CTIC Fellow based in Spain.

In addition to presentations, the meeting will focus discussions on use cases and potential road maps related to the following topics:

These subjects are particularly timely for many government representatives in the United States, who are tasked with the Obama Administration's new policies towards openness and transparency in government.

Since its creation in June 2008, the W3C eGovernment Activity fills a distinct gap in the Web and technology standards space. The group focuses on the unique and diverse needs of governments throughout the developed and developing World in enabling electronic service and information delivery, as well as providing opportunities for discovery, interaction and participation.

Advance registration for the W3C eGov open meeting is required and seating is limited. For more information, please contact Jose M. Alonso, W3C eGovernment Activity Lead.

Briefings for the news media are available. Please send inquiries to the W3C press requests list at w3t-pr@w3.org.

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop technical standards for the Web to ensure its openness, accessibility, and interoperability. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/