The presentation “Leichte Sprache – Large Scale” (Simple Language – Large Scale) from Christian Lieske, given at the W3C Day event in Berlin on 19 September 2011, received the X-Award. This award is given for presentations at the annual Xinnovations event that foster innovative ideas and solutions. See also the complete list of winners for this year. The topic of simple language on the Web was awarded because it bears the potential to build bridges between communities: accessibility, language technology and Web technology standardization. The group of people who has gathered around this topic is eager to pursue this direction and to help realizing the Web for everybody.
The W3C Korea Office held a Korean Member Workshop in Seoul on 16 November 2011. Participants were from the Korean membership as well as from the regional W3C host in Keio University, Tokyo. It was an opportunity to have a face to face membership gathering, and also to share interests and discuss plans for Web standardization activities among the members. The program started with talks on trends of new Web technologies including Media Annotation, Social Federation.
The new W3C member, NIA(National Information Society Agency), who joined W3C membership in October 2011, shared their interests and future plans for W3C activities. There was also a session to introduce roles of AC Reps. presented by W3C Korea Office. W3C Korea Office also talked about its future plans and asked for members’ input and suggestions for its efficient operation.
The detailed discussion throughout the workshop can be found from the Korea Office website.
The W3C Korea Office hosts the W3C HTML5 Day in Korea on 17 November. In the event, the activities of W3C HTML5 KIG(Korea Interest Group) will be introduced as well as HTML5 & Media, future direction of HTML5 technologies. Registration is required and the number of participants is limited. Please register by 6. November 2011.
About 800 people gathered in Sydney on October 13-14 for the Web Directions South conference, the premier conference for Web professionals in Australia. For the third year running, the W3C Office Australia hosted the W3C South Track, a two-day thematic track that runs in parallel to the design, business and development tracks and is fully integrated in the two day program of the Web Directions South conference.
This year’s feature topic was accessibility. The W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) have been adopted by the Australian Government and all government websites, including CSIRO’s, must comply by 2012.
The Guidelines are designed to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities beyond vision impairment, as well as older individuals with changing abilities, but following the guidelines tends to make web content more usable for everyone.
Andrew Arch (part of the team who developed the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy to help Australian Governments adopt WCAG 2.0) described ways to simplify the task of improving the accessibility of content and Gian Wild (who spent six years writing the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines) demonstrated useful techniques for achieving compliance with WCAG 2.0.
The W3C South Track also covered development of open standards and guidelines for web languages and protocols. Peter Mika, from Yahoo Research in Barcelona, told of how search engines will soon be able to answer complex questions. Other points of interest included augmented reality, the mobile web and how practical publishing tools are shaping the web experience at the Australian War Memorial.
See slides from the talks http://south11.webdirections.org/.
The W3C German-Austrian Office celebrates the HTML5-Day 2011 on 23 November. In a one day tutorial held at the Berlin Theseus Innovation center, we will expand on background and goals of HTML5, technical basics, HTML5 and Web architecture. In addition, many new features will be demonstrated via a variety of examples. Registration is required and the number of participants is limited. Please register by 16. November 2011.
21 September 2011 — To strengthen its relations with industry and research activities in France and Europe, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announces today the opening of a W3C Office in France, hosted by Inria (French National Computer Science Research Institute). To mark the launch, the Office is organizing a session on Open Data at the Open World Forum on 22 September in Paris, in cooperation with Inria and Paris City Hall.
“Inria has a longstanding commitment to the development of free software and open standards,” said Prof. Michel Cosnard, Inria Chairman and CEO. “We have supported W3C’s mission since the inception of the Consortium in 1994, notably by hosting W3C’s European branch”.
One of the Office’s primary activities will be to promote participation by French industry and research leaders in W3C standardization activities. “Through W3C Membership,” said Bernard Odier, manager of the new Office, “industry representatives can do more than follow the rapid evolution of the Web, they can lead it. The W3C environment fosters innovation and creates opportunities for business partnerships. I look forward to working with French companies and research labs to enrich the W3C environment of innovation.”
“We are particularly pleased that Inria, our longtime ally, will be the home of the first France Office,” added Dr. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. “Research and Industry are closely linked when it comes to the development of Web standards. Through its industry relations in France and Europe, Inria is ideally positioned to help W3C achieve its objectives.”
The promotional and recruiting activities of the Office, located in Paris, will complement the technical activities carried out by the W3C staff located elsewhere in France (Sophia Antipolis).
W3C welcomes Cristian Alvarez as a new staff member of the W3C Spain Office. Cristian, a strong advocate of Web standards, will be in charge of the technical issues within the Office. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science (University of Oviedo). Before joining the W3C Spain Office, he worked as a developer in R&D departments in the steel industry, researching into computational optimization algorithms.
HTML5FEST – The Israeli Web Community conference – October 25th 2011
The Israeli W3C office is hosting HTML5FEST – a central conference for professional web developers, as well web product mangers, designers, students, educators, local and national government representatives.
HTML5FEST will take place on October 25th 2011, in Kfar Maccabiah Convention center, Ramat Gan, Israel. See conference agenda here (Hebrew): http://www.w3c.org.il/HTML5fest.
The conference is composed of three parallel tracks:
* Mobile Web
* Browser & Desktop Apps
* Web in local and national government
* Professional front end developers from Israeli companies and start-ups, including: Netcraft, Sela Group, WebsPlanet, Cofounder, Conduit, Worklight, DoAT.
* Dr. Yesha Sivan, head of W3C office Israel – Chair.
* J. Alan Bird, Global Business Development Leader, W3C.
* Eyal Reshef, Founder & CEO at IMA – Israel Mobile Association (chair – Mobile web)
* Zohar Arad, Freelance front-end architect (chair – Browser & Desktop Apps)
* Shuky Peleg, Information Security Manager at Tehila (chair – Local and national government)
* Zohar Sharon – CIO, municipality of Tel-Aviv.
One of the conference highlights will be the announcement of the HTML5FEST app contest winners, A HTML5 web apps development contests (Hebrew details: w3c.org.il/appcontest(.w3c.org.il/HTML5fest)
We have a new look and feel for the Team Offices page that I think you will find far more functional than the previous version. Many thanks to Jean-Gui for doing this work during the recent W3C Geek Week!
I have added a page to the Offices Wiki that will guide you on adding YOUR key activities to this page. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact me!
J. Alan Bird
On november 24 the second semantic meetup with the W3C Benelux Office took place in Amsterdam. This time it was located at Mediamatic. Among the speakers was Ivan Herman who presented “Some of the newest SW technologies at W3C: RDFa1.1 and R2ML”. Other topics were about careers, practical use of Semantic Web technology in publishing and legal information retrieval. After the presentations there was time for informal discussions supported by food and drinks. The participants enjoyed the easy athmosphere of the event and the discussions as documented by a quote from a participant: “meetups are fun, but informal meetups are even more fun.”