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World Wide Web Consortium Selects Australian National University (ANU) to Host Australia Office



29 July 2015 — The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is pleased to announce the selection of Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra as the new host of the W3C Australia Office.

In Canberra for the Australia office launch, W3C Global Business Development Lead J. Alan Bird said ANU was a good fit for the consortium.

“After a comprehensive review of other universities and non-profit organizations in Australia, we have determined that ANU is the right partner to help W3C succeed in advancing its mission and serving the needs of key communities in technology, research, business and industry and government sectors in Australia,” Bird said.

“We very much look forward to working with expert academic and professional staff from the ANU,” he said.

Professor Shirley Leitch, Dean of the ANU College of Business and Economics commented, “We are delighted to be selected to host the Australian office for W3C, an organization that defines the international standards of the World Wide Web and shapes the future of the Web.”

Professor Elanor Huntington, Dean of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science said the University will integrate ideas and developments from the W3C into its teaching.

“As an office of the W3C, ANU will be positioned at the forefront of the very latest developments and ideas in Web technologies,” Huntington said.

W3C Australia Office Role

The Australian W3C Office will be jointly hosted by the ANU College of Business and Economics and the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Armin Haller of ANU will serve as Manager of the W3C Australian Office.

As the host of the W3C Australia Office, ANU plays an important role to help W3C achieve its mission by broadening participation of more diverse stakeholders from Australia in W3C activities; by developing relationships with Australian technology and policy leaders; and by promoting the adoption and implementation of W3C standards in Australia.

The W3C Australia Office will also recruit and service members in the region, and develop education and outreach programs to raise awareness of W3C’s role and standards activities by sponsoring and supporting local events where there is a focus on W3C topics.

About the World Wide Web Consortium

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 and stewardship 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 United States, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, Keio University in Japan and Beihang University in China. W3C has Offices in Australia; the Benelux countries; Brazil; Finland; France; Germany and Austria; Greece; Hungary; India; Italy; Korea; Morocco; Russia; Southern Africa; Spain; Sweden; and the United Kingdom and Ireland. For more information see http://www.w3.org/

About Australian National University

ANU is a world-leading university in Australia’s capital city, Canberra.  The University has an international reputation for excellence in research, education and policy expertise. ANU is rated Australia’s top university and one of the 25 best universities in the world, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world university rankings 2014/15.

Media Contacts

Karen Myers, W3C <karen@w3.org>

Dr. Armin Haller, ANU College of Business and Economics
T: 6125 9774 <armin.haller@anu.edu.au>