The objective of the Advisory Board is to advise the W3C team, in all its worldwide locations, on high level strategic issues and broad management questions such as legal questions, giving a faster and more flexible response when appropriate.
"The Advisory Board will bring improved management of W3C's activities, both internally and externally," says Jean-François Abramatic, W3C Chairman. "We also expect better communication with our members - now 290 and still growing - and with the public at large."
Members of the Advisory Board serve as individual members and not with a mandate from their employer. They are: Carl Cargill, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Dale Dougherty, O'Reilly & Assoc., Paul Grosso, ArborText, Inc., Ora Lassila, Nokia Corp., Larry Masinter, Xerox Corp., Bede McCall, MITRE Corp., Thomas Reardon, Microsoft Corp., David Singer, IBM Corp., and Jeffrey Ullman, Stanford University.
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C director, says: "The creation of the Advisory Board demonstrates W3C's dedication to identifying what is really needed. It gives an additional channel through which W3C members can influence the W3C direction. Advisory Board members will also be attentive to the general public, the media who publish our requests for comments and also bring other issues and opinions to our notice."
The W3C was created to lead the Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (MIT LCS) in the USA, the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in France and Keio University in Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users, reference code implementations to embody and promote standards, and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. To date, 280 organizations are Members of the Consortium.
For more information about the World Wide Web Consortium, see http://www.w3.org/