See also the FAQ about participation in groups.
Membership in W3C is open to all types of organizations (including commercial, educational and governmental entities) and individuals. Any entity that can sign the Membership Agreement can become a Member. Members may be either for-profit or not-for-profit organizations. Most Members invest significant resources into Web technologies. They may be developing Web-based products, using Web technologies as an enabling medium, conducting research on the Web, or developing specifications based on W3C work.
Yes. A list of current W3C Members is available on the W3C Web site.
Yes. The benefits of Membership participation flow downward to subsidiaries of Members. In the case of government agencies and departments, or educational institutions, this is interpreted to include sub-agencies, departments, laboratories, etc. When a subsidiary takes advantage of this provision, participation in W3C Activities must be coordinated through the Member's W3C Advisory Committee Representative. Authorized participants will officially represent the Member organization.
A subsidiary of a W3C Member may itself join W3C. While a subsidiary that is not itself a W3C Member must not make public claims that it is a W3C Member, the subsidiary may indicate publicly that it is the subsidiary of a W3C Member.
A Member may designate an employee of one of its subsidiaries to be its W3C Advisory Committee Representative. This might be desirable when the Member wishes its name to be listed, but a subsidiary is the focal point of all W3C activity.
Yes, by following the same procedure available to organizations. W3C does not have a class of Membership tailored to or priced for individuals. Indeed, the Membership fee is relatively small compared to the investment being made by the organization. Our processes are designed for organizational participation and we do not have the support structure to handle large numbers of individual members. Public participation in W3C is possible in a number of ways other than as an individual Member. Note that academics who are experts in a field may ask the Working Group Chair to be invited to join the Working Group as an Invited Expert.
Yes. Membership is open to other organizations that themselves have members ("membership organizations"). In this case, the benefits of W3C Membership generally only extend to the staff and officers of those organizations. Benefits do not flow through to the membership organization's own members.
Each W3C Member organization has one Advisory Committee Representative (AC Rep). This person should know enough about the Member organization's structure to forward detailed technical reviews to the proper person. It is more important to be involved in your organization's strategy than to have detailed technical knowledge.
The AC Rep receives official notices from W3C. Acting as a gatekeeper, the AC Rep responds to, or delegates response to W3C Calls for Review, Calls for Participation and Calls for Implementations, as well as other W3C announcements. AC Reps come to semi-annual Advisory Committee meetings and rub shoulders with other AC Reps. The AC Rep appoints participants in W3C Working Groups.
A history of W3C Member Agreements is available on the W3C Web site.
Yes. Through W3C's comprehensive sponsorship program, individuals and organizations can help support W3C operations through financial contributions and donations of goods. We welcome your support.
Yes. Below we describe how W3C applies its process to membership by Projects and how they join W3C. W3C also encourages the partners of a Project to join W3C in their own right. More information on participation in W3C by EU-funded Projects is available.
The target Project for this type of Membership is multi-partner, government-funded, time-limited, and unincorporated (such as an EU-funded Project). The Project is considered a "Membership organization" and participation in W3C is thus governed by paragraph three of section 2.1.1 of the Process Document. In light of the special nature of such Projects, the need to preserve the value of W3C Membership, and the need to maintain the integrity of the W3C Patent Policy, these memberships are subject to the following additional conditions. Note: There is no precise definition of "Project"; W3C reserves the right to review all such applications.
If one organization (call it "A") wishes to join W3C and is more than 50% owned by another organization ("B"), the Membership fee that "A" pays is the greater of the two applicable Membership fees (for "A" and "B"). If "B" would pay the higher Membership fee, it is thus recommended that "B" join so that all of its subsidiaries have access to W3C Member benefits.
No. Organizations may join at any time. They may begin to participate in W3C activities as soon as W3C has received a signed Membership Agreement and the first year's dues.
For administrative purposes, the Member and W3C agree to an anniversary date for billing that aligns with the start of a quarter (one of 1 January, 1 April, 1 July, or 1 October). An organization may choose to activate Membership as soon as the organization wishes, but billing will be back-dated to the nearest quarter. For this reason, some organizations prefer to delay activation of Membership until the start of the following quarter.
For example, an organization that joins W3C on 10 April is likely to be comfortable with a payment anniversary of 1 April. On the other hand, rather than start on 15 September (near the end of a quarter), an organization may prefer to delay activation of Membership until 1 October to avoid paying for 2.5 "unused" months.