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A Greater Voice for Individuals in W3C: Tell Us What You Would Value

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Update 27 September: For the last 4 days, the survey is also available in Typeform, per @groovecoder‘s suggestion.

tl;dr: This is about a 5-minute survey for those in our community who wish to have a greater voice in W3C.

Broadening in recent years the W3C focus on industry is one way. Another was the launch in 2011 of W3C Community Groups to make W3C the place for new standards. W3C has heard the call for increased affiliation with W3C, and making W3C more inclusive of the web community.

W3C responded through the development of a program for increasing developer engagement with W3C. Jeff Jaffe is leading a public open task force to establish a program which seeks to provide individuals a greater voice within W3C, and means to get involved and help shape web technologies through open web standards.

Since Jeff announced the version 2 of the Webizen Task Force, we focused on precise goals, success criteria and a selection of benefits, and we built a public survey.

The W3C is a membership based organisation supported by way of membership fees, as to form a common set of technologies, written to the specifications defined through the W3C, which the web is built upon.

The proposal (initially called Webizen but that name may change and we invite your suggestions in the survey), seeks to extend participation beyond the traditional forum of incorporated entities with an interest in supporting open web standards, through new channels into the sphere of individual participation, already supported through the W3C community groups.

Today the Webizen Task Force is releasing a survey which will identify whether or not sufficient interest exists. The survey asks if you are willing to become a W3C Webizen. It offers several candidate benefits and sees which ones are of interest; which ones would make it worthwhile to become Webizens. Here is what one of our task force participants wrote:

“IMHO – the Webizen Program provides a conduit for growth of W3C standards development. I believe it is a foundation for an array of benefits for all would-be participants which may only be fostered if the program is provided the opportunity to grow.”

Which of the suggested benefits will warrant the implementation of the W3C Webizen Program is entirely up to the survey respondents. The survey is open to the public until 30 September.

Take the Webizen survey.

So, you want the program to be established? You can help by spreading the word – tweet the survey to your followers, blog about it, engage in social networks, etc. The more responses we get, the better.

The task force will finalise the structure of the W3C Webizen Program based on the results of this survey. We’re aiming to present it at the next W3C Advisory Committee Meeting during the week of 27 October.

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4 thoughts on “A Greater Voice for Individuals in W3C: Tell Us What You Would Value

  1. What a crock of shit! The W3C is designed to not be of service to individuals, but to the corporate sponsors. Any ideas or methods to improve web standards should not be taken from sources other then the controlling corporate powers.

    I do think that as a PR stunt the Webizen concept could be a good ploy to allow individuals to think they have a voice, but the danger is that they may be made to feel as if they should have a voice.

    This could prove detrimental in the future.

    I believe the focus of the organization should remain the same, namely as a organization that protects corporate interests and regulates what aspects of technology can be, and should be, used by individuals.

  2. Hi James,

    If you checkout this video [1] (which overviews the image located here [2], you’ll see that people have always been involved with defining the standards of the web. Often, you can find the correspondence of those people [3] as they debate issues surrounding the standards that then become incorporated into all web-products (ie: browser companies) so that people, can write using uniform standards that work in all of the participating vendors products in a similar, as expected fashion.

    However, the web is developing. So the more voices, the more people with particular interests in particular areas, willing to assist – to get involved – to help make things that are useful for others…

    The better.

    Perhaps one of the biggest opportunities is around how education teaches students, web.

    [1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_2YWiaPJ6A
    [2] http://www.w3.org/2007/09/map/main.jpg

    [3] http://lists.w3.org/

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