Program for the Workshop on Improving Access to Financial Data on the Web

5-6 October 2009

Co-organized by W3C and XBRL International, Inc,
and hosted by FDIC, Arlington, Virginia USA

The Chairs together with the program committee have analysed the responses to the call for participation and come up with the following program. Your comments are welcomed and should be sent via email to <>. To help the FDIC with name badges and logistics, we are asking all participants to fill out this registration form. Please note that you should bring some form of visual id to the workshop as this will be needed to gain admittance to the FDIC facility. A US driver's license or a passport will be fine.

Information for remote participants

The number to dial in is +1 617 761 6200 and the conference code is 9275 ("XBRL") which should be followed by a #. We have room for 20 participants. We will aim to link the slides from this page, so please get your browser to refresh the page to see the links as these will be added dynamically. We will let you know if there any problems via the audio feed and the IRC channel, see below.

You should also connect via IRC to server on port 6665 and channel #xbrl. If you don't have an IRC client installed, you can use a web browser e.g. with the mibbit web-based IRC client. We hope to use IRC for minute taking, and as a back channel for remote attendees to ask questions and to make comments.

Postscript: the minutes were taken on the IRC channel, #xbrl and the procedings were videoed with the permission of the participants.

Tweeting during the workshop

We suggest using #w3cxbrl as a tag for your tweets about the workshop. Happy tweeting!


The workshop program will run from 9 am - 5:30 pm on Monday, 5th October, and from 9 am - 5:30 pm on Tuesday, 6th October 2009. The FDIC's cafeteria is available to participants for coffee breaks and lunches.

The first day will look at standards for financial reporting by corporate and government entities, and what is needed to serve investors and society at large. The second day will take a more technical perspective, looking at the complementary roles of XBRL and Semantic Web technologies, before examining what is needed to nurture the ecosystem for financial information, and how to fund any necessary work.


The workshop will take place in the FDIC training facilities in the L. William Seidman Center in Virginia Square at 3501 Fairfax Drive in Arlington, Virginia. It is easily accessible by public transportation at the Virginia Square Metro stop on the Orange Line. Parking space is very restricted, so you are recommended to arrive by metro or taxi.

Some nearby hotels:

Remote Participation

There will be limited support for remote participation, with a teleconference feed, and a chat room (IRC) for remote participants to queue questions/comments. Local participants will be requested to use the microphone for questions and answers, and - make their slides available beforehand so that they can be accessed from the workshop program web page when the slides are being presented.

Day One - Monday, 5 October

The themes for day one are:

Detailed agenda:

Day Two - Tuesday, 6 October

The themes for day two are:

Detailed agenda:

Valid XHTML Basic 1.0 Diane Mueller, and Dave Raggett, Workshop co-Chairs

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