Last year I published several posts about our efforts to establish a new vision for the W3C organization. I wanted to update you on how we have turned the results of the organizational vision task forces into specific plans and actions.
Our first priority was to make sure we were focused on all elements required to create the best possible Web platform. Second, conversations with people in many different industries made clear that this new Open Web Platform was not only a great technical platform, but was literally transforming industries – from telecommunications to television broadcast, social networking, gaming, eGovernment, and publishing. Next we wanted to ensure that we opened up W3C to maximize participation of all stakeholders. Finally, we looked at our financial model – in which we discovered that the growing interest in HTML5 and the broader web program was bringing new stakeholders to strengthen our financial base; and that sponsorships can help further expand our program.
These efforts significantly impacted our plans, which we are now executing. To make sure that we remain results-focused, we have identified a subset of activities to serve a surrogate for the whole. You might be interested in reading about select priorities and milestones in 2011. While this only represents a fraction of our work, it gives a pretty good broad view of our current organizational focus.