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The W3C Advisory Board (AB) provides ongoing guidance to the W3C Team on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, and conflict resolution. this page gathres the diffrent project AB is currently handling, and is open to any suggestion from members and non-members.

AB Priorities for 2014/2015

AB identified some projects gathering enough support by AB members to be rolled out in 2014/2015. Here is a short description of each identified project.

  1. Identify work not destined for success. Lead: Mike Champion [this is project #1 from "Prioritizing the current investments of W3C"] See plan
  2. Identify the most important priorities for the Web and W3C. Lead: Jeff Jaffe [this is a merge of projects #3 and #4 from "Prioritizing..." ] See plan
  3. Improve agility of W3C. Lead: Chris Wilson [this is a merge of projects #1, #2, #6, and #7 from "Improving the W3C Process broadly, or best practices to implement the process"] See plan
  4. W3C Process Revision 2015. Lead: Steve Zilles, Editor: Chaals McCathie Nevile [this also includes working on Process Revision 2016. This is project #3 from "Improving..."]
  5. Trademark Policy and Licensing. Lead: Mike Champion and Tantek Çelik [this is project #5 from "Improving..."] See plan
  6. Provenance of spec text. Lead: Mike Champion [this is project #8 from "Improving..."] See plan
  7. Voting experiment. Lead: Chaals McCathie Nevile [this is project #3 from "Voting"]
  8. W3C synchronization and consistency. Lead: Virginie Galindo [this is project #3 from "New demands"] See plan
  9. Improving how AB represents the AC. Lead: Virginie Galindo [this is project #2 from "AB role"] See plan


See how AB members have been selecting priority topics 2014-2015 AB Priorities wiki page

New project to suggest to the AB ?

Suggestions for the AB can be done directly by editing this wiki, here, anytime.

AB F2F Meetings and conference calls

Upcoming meetings


Taxi sharing for f2f meetings is organized on the wiki: MeetingTaxis

More: https://www.w3.org/Member/Board/ (W3C Member Only Link)

Past

Past f2f meetings:

Editing and Publishing the minutes of AB Meetings (related to W3C members minutes)

Quote from the summary of 3-4 November 2011 AB face-to-face meeting (W3C Member only link):

The Advisory Board, recognizing that the IRC minutes are not a verbatim transcription, adopted a protocol by which each speaker can have their recorded statements edited when he or she feels that what is recorded is either incorrect or needs clarification.
Other AB participants can ask a participant to clarify his or her remarks, but cannot insist on a change.
The protocol is to send requests in e-mail to the AB list, as the only mechanism to change the minutes generated from the IRC record. The goal is to increase both transparency and coherence.

W3C Process, Governance and IP related projects

W3C Process maintenance

W3C process improvements are discussed in the community group:

See process for more details.


Cultural conventions for attribution

The new HTMLWG charter allows for working group members to contribute HTML5 Extension specifications using CC-by, and then places attribution requirements on any derivative works.

These attribution requirements are a good start for growing cultural conventions for attribution both inside W3C, and beyond W3C, towards a goal of making attribution founded in cultural norms rather than legal (copyright) requirements, potentially allowing for use of CC0 for contributions to W3C in the future.

Trademark License

Main article: AB/trademark-license

The AB has created a Trademark License task force (Tantek Çelik and Michael Champion) to build broad consensus on a combination trademark / license policy to potentially permit more permissive copyright licenses on W3C drafts and specifications.

Open AB

The AB is working on (as is evident by this wiki page) doing more and more of its work in the open.

Currently Open AB work is occurring in two places:

Twitter Account

The Advisory Board has a Twitter account: @W3CAB

Nearly the entire AB has access and can post anything regarding AB-related matters. The methodology is to empower individual responsibility and trust by default, especially in such a small group. This method has worked well with the CSSWG (any CSSWG member may "have the keys" to @CSSWG) and it's been hugely successful in engaging the broader developer community.

If you are a member of the AB, contact Tantek Çelik on a secure communications channel and he'll gladly share access to @W3CAB.

  • 2013-09-18 access broadly shared with AB members in person W3C AB meeting at MIT.
  • 2013-06-04 @W3CAB Twitter created.

Making sure the ABs get members opinion

  • AB are elected by W3C members and need to make sure that they are collecting their ideas, suggestion... That wiki is great, the recent minutes members-only minutes issued by Coralie were great, but regular open debriefing communication to members/interested parties is key. It could be interesting to have an every-6-months call scheduled in advance to 'meet the AB'. This would be the opportunity to ask direct question to the AB, based on a collaborative agenda.

Virginie Galindo (gemalto AC rep) ~~~~

AB and TAG election : voting experiment

AB has been conducting work in order to audit voting and representativity. An experiment will be conducted in 2014/2015. See FAQ and explanation for that first experiment page

W3C Community and Tools

W3C Chairs Training

The Advisory Board has established Chair Training as a priority for 2014. At TPAC2013, Chairs had a breakfast meeting and expressed what additional information and skills they required to improve their effectiveness. The W3C Team developed a list of areas which have now evolved into a quarterly Chair Training program.

  • 1. W3C, Process, and the W3C Team, Philippe Le Hegaret, 23 January 2014
  • 2. Tools, Ralph Swick, 24 April 2014
  • 3. The Human Dimension, Charles McCathie Nevile, 17 June 2014
  • 4. Focus and Productivity, Arnaud Le Hors, 23 October 2014
  • 5. New W3C process, its philosophy, and how to use it for agility, Steve Zilles, January 2015
  • 6. TBC: Making rapid progress in developing specs in W3C despite the W3C process


Creating a web community

Not official AB projects per say, but projects that various AB members are participating in that may have W3C-wide scope.

Use of GitHub at W3C

Remote Participation

The AB is looking at issues related to remote participation in W3C meetings.

OpenWeb Tools at W3C (was dogfooding)

Many (most?) presentations at W3C workshops (e.g. the Workshop on Social Standards: The Future of Business) used non-open-web technologies/formats. W3C may work on good practices.

Headlights presented to W3C members for 2014


Historical Documents