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Workshop on Social Standards: The Future of Business

7-8th August 2013, San Francisco, USA


W3C gratefully acknowledges AppFusions for hosting this workshop.

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If you're interested in being a sponsor, please contact J. Alan Bird at abird@w3.org or +1 617 253 7823. For additional information, please visit the Sponsorship program.

Important dates

8 July 2013:
Deadline for position papers
for possible presentation
(via email)

15th July 2013:
Program and position papers posted on the workshop website

31 July 2013:
Deadline for registration
(statement of interest required,
no participation fee)


Participation is free but requires either an expression of interest or a position paper. Expressions of interests and position papers should be sent to team-social-workshop-chairs@w3.org.

In order that we order the correct amount of food/drinks, please also send register using this EventBrite.

Expressions of Interest

A person that wishes to attend but not present must submit an expression of Interest. Statements of Interest must be submitted by email to team-social-workshop-chairs@w3.org by 31 July 2013. There may be a limit to the number of people from any organization that can attend as well as attendees in total, so expressions of interest will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Statements of interest should briefly explain the following the participant's interest in the workshop in a few sentences.

Position Papers

Position papers help frame the discussion at the workshop and are presented. Authors should describes a topic in depth and list challenges, risks, standards, issues, and possible solutions. You might want to review a few samples of past workshop position papers, e.g. those from the W3C Workshop on the Future of Social Networking.

Your paper must meet the following criteria:

  • aligned with the workshop's stated goals as outlined above.
  • 1 to 5 pages long, although they may be linked to longer versions or appendixes.
  • formatted in (valid) HTML/XHTML, PDF, or plain text

Submit papers to team-social-workshop-chairs@w3.org.

All authors that produce on-topic papers will be invited to participate in the workshop. From among all accepted papers, the program committee will choose a small number of papers judged most appropriate for fostering discussion, and ask the authors of those papers to give short presentations about them at the workshop. After the workshop, all papers will then be published on the workshop home page, with authors having the option to publish their slides.

Topics for position papers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Use cases that help identify where and how social business impacts an organization
  • Overall social business architecture
  • Social web architecture, ranging from OStatus to OpenSocial
  • Mismatches between information systems and the needs of workers and management.
  • Issues with existing social standards
  • Recommendations and requirements for new standards at the W3C or elsewhere

Who should attend?

  • Business leaders and strategists interested in, exploring, or defining where and how social business can and should be used to positively impact an organization
  • Companies interested in or already using social business models
  • Federated and decentralized social web technologists
  • Security experts interested in new social web architectures
  • Developers and software companies with experience of success in defining and implementing social web architecture components and solutions (including both experiences of success and failure in order to determine what went wrong, what needs to change)
  • Developers and software companies interested in issues around existing or missing social business or social web standards - what are your expectations for standardization?
  • Business data owners dealing with how to best leverage social business data - what's your wish list?