W3C For Immediate Release

W3C Opens Office in Russia



http://www.w3.org/ —16 February 2012— As part of increasing inclusion and participation in W3C, W3C announced today the launch of a new Russia Office. The Office is hosted by the National Research University "Higher School of Economics" (HSE), founded in 1992. As one of Moscow's leading Universities, HSE will work with W3C to strengthen ties to both industry and research in Russia as well as HSE's many international academic and industry partners.

"I am happy to welcome W3C in Russia," said Victor Klintsov, Deputy Director of Institute of Information Technology at HSE and the head of the new Office. "It is very positive to see growing demand for Russian talent not only to be included in one of the most dynamic industries, but also to shape it. Second, it is quite important for Russian specialists to contribute to the most prominent area of Internet development: the Web."

To mark the launch, on 16 February 2012 HSE will organize an opening ceremony at Ria Novisti with speakers from Russian ministries, industries, HSE and W3C, including:

"Russia is one of the world's largest economies," said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO, "and within Russia, the IT sector is one of the fastest growing parts of the economy. HSE plays an important role in connecting W3C to this vibrant market. Today we welcome the dynamic developers and Web firms of Russia to the W3C Community."

About W3C Offices

As its Members work to realize the full potential of the Web, W3C collaborates with regional organizations wishing to further W3C’s mission. The W3C Offices assist with promotion efforts in local languages, help broaden W3C’s geographical base, and encourage and recruit international participation in W3C Activities. W3C has Offices in: Australia; the Benelux countries; Brazil; China; Finland; France; Germany and Austria; Greece; Hungary; India; Israel; Italy; Korea; Morocco; Russia, Senegal; Southern Africa; Spain; Sweden; and the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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 Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 325 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/

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