Improving Society through Better Use of Web Standards

W3C Senegal Office Launch - May 27th, 2009 - Dakar

Daniel Dardailler <>

Associate Chair Europe , Director Intl Relations, W3C

Also working for the Web Foundation.

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Open Standards: Big Picture

Not just a technical problem.

Governments, Industry and Citizens interact mediated by Interoperability Frameworks

Open Standards Policies

Open Standard Definition

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


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.

Web Standards

W3C stack of technologies, showing main topc areas of work and standards

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)

Transparency has many faces

Open Data

Public data is data that is not subject to valid privacy, security or privilege limitations (could be Your Data as well..)

See original OGD document.

Data Integration

XML is not enough (but then again, what is?)

XML alone cannot solve all of the Data Integration long standing issues

Semantic Technologies

SemWeb view

Security concerns