Welcome! The World Wide Web Consortium invites all who work within governments or those who work or engage with governments to participate in the many opportunities sponsored by W3C and the Web community.
W3C's eGovernment Activity currently offers speakers, discussion forums, educational information, and guidelines focused on helping governments to publish data in open, standards-based formats so that information can be more easily accessed on the Web.
In order to fulfill the mission of the group “to build and strengthen the community of people who use or promote the use of W3C technologies to improve Government” and to facilitate its efforts to “identify and discuss essential areas of technology and related policy issues”, we put forward a draft roadmap to organize and guide our discussions. We welcome feedback and comments from all members on this draft. Please feel free to edit the wiki directly or send comments to the list, or to the chairs, Tomasz or Jeanne.
One challenge for a global group like the eGovernment Interest Group is time zones. There is no time we can have a meeting that is not the middle of the night for someone who wants to participate. At this point, we are going to try having two regular meeting times, like this:
Atlantic Meetings will start at one of these times, and run about 90 minutes:
If you would like to attend these meetings, please answer the eGov Atlantic Meeting Times poll. (Before filling out the poll, be sure the times are being displayed for your time zone.)
Eurasian Meetings will start at one of these times, and run about 90 minutes:
If you would like to attend these meetings, please answer the eGov Eurasian Meeting Times poll. (Before filling out the poll, be sure the times are being displayed for your time zone.)
Note that daylight saving time changes these relative times. The times given above are for the northern hemisphere summer. Right now, in mid-March, with the continental US having started DST before the rest of the hemisphere, we are during one of the periods when the relative times are not in the above configuration. These variations will be handled, going forward, by considering the Atlantic meeting time fixed to Los Angeles local time and the Eurasian meeting time fixed to London local time. To see the meeting time in your city on a particular date, use the “Other Cities” link, select “Modify Calculation”, and change the date.
eGovernment is the use of the Web and other information technologies by governments to interact with the citizenry, between departments and divisions, and with other governments.