Keio University joins the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and INRIA in Hosting the International World Wide Web Consortium

Major Asian University Extends Consortium's Development of Global, Interoperable World Wide Web

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Contact:

Jean-Francois Abramatic
Chairman, W3C
Associate Director, MIT/LCS
jfa@w3.org
http://www.w3.org

Albert Vezza
Associate Director, MIT/LCS
+1 617.253.0513
av@lcs.mit.edu
http://www.lcs.mit.edu

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA -- September 9, 1996 -- Keio University has joined the Laboratory for Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT LCS] and the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control [INRIA] in hosting the international World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]. Keio University, which represents Japanese and Korean interests, will work closely with the MIT LCS and INRIA to provide vendor-neutral leadership for Web advancement, including designing common technical standards that facilitate World Wide Web development and promoting their adoption by industry.

"Keio University is one of Japan's foremost computer science research centers and universities, and its support is integral to the W3C's strategy for the global expansion of Web development," said Albert Vezza, chairman of the World Wide Web Consortium and associate director of the MIT LCS. "As a host to the W3C, Keio University will provide valuable, resident expertise and strong connections with Pacific Rim industry, both critical to the international development of the Web."

"The W3C is pivotal in ensuring the World Wide Web advances communications and serves cultures around the globe," said Nobuo Saito, dean and professor of Environmental Information at Keio University. "We're pleased to collaborate with the MIT LCS and INRIA on developing the Web in a way that fully meets the needs of users and companies throughout the world."

W3C development efforts at Keio University will be led by a project team under the direction of deputy director and associate professor Tatsuya Hagino. Tim Berners-Lee is the director of the Consortium and inventor of the World Wide Web.

About the World Wide Web Consortium

The W3C exists to develop common protocols and reference codes for the evolution of the World Wide Web. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users; a reference code implementation to embody and promote protocols; and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. Membership is open to any organization worldwide. To date, the Consortium comprises more than 150 organizations.

About the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science

MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of  Technology, is a major US research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its Laboratory for Computer Science conducts a broad research program in information science, from the development of Information Infrastructures like the World Wide Web to understanding the theories that underlie computer science.

About Keio University

Keio University is one of the oldest private universities in Japan, and it has five major campuses around Tokyo. In 1990, it opened Shonan Fujisawa Campus with two new faculties including the Faculty of Environmental Information. It targeted a new challenge for next generation education and research regarding fundamental information technology and global solutions in the advanced information society. Shonan Fujisawa Campus as well as other campuses in Keio University has been promoting the joint research projects in cooperation with industry, government, and international organizations, and it now becomes one of the research leaders for the network and digital media technology.

About INRIA

INRIA, the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control is a French public-sector scientific institute. INRIA is made up of five Research Units located at Rocquencourt (near Paris), Rennes, Sophia Antipolis, Nancy and Grenoble. The transfer of research results is one of INRIA's main assignments, in addition to its fundamental and applied research in information processing, control, and scientific computation.

For more information:

Dean Nobuo Saito
Faculty of Environmental Information
ns@sfc.keio.ac.jp