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== Examples of Dashboards in the W3C ==  
== Examples of Dashboards in the W3C ==  
* [http://www.w3.org/wiki/HTML/Publications HTML WG Publications]
* Working Group dashboards: [http://www.w3.org/wiki/HTML/Publications HTML WG Publications], [https://www.w3.org/2008/webapps/wiki/PubStatus WebApps Spec Status]
* [http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/ Semantic Web Activity (Statement]
* Activity level dashboards: [http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/ Semantic Web Activity (Statement)]
* [https://www.w3.org/Member/Mail/ W3C Groups and Activities]
* Consortium wide groups: [https://www.w3.org/Member/Mail/ W3C Groups and Activities]
== Problem Statement ==
== Problem Statement ==

Revision as of 17:36, 4 April 2014

This wiki is about so-called dashboards where the use of dashboard is similar to a Business Dashboard as defined by wikipedia.org.

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What do we mean by Dashboard?

The basic idea of a dashboard is to provide at-a-glance views of a particular group or organization. The amount of detail in a dashboard varies considerably, depending on the purpose of the dashboard.

Examples of Dashboards in the W3C

Problem Statement

  • It is difficult for W3C Members to get an overview of the current status of existing groups such as their publication status, hot issues, etc.
  • It is difficult for AC Reps of large organizations to handle the combinatorics of matchmaking all the different groups (WG, CB, BG) and topics at W3C with the different groups and topics of their organization.
  • It is difficult for prospective Members to get an overview of the current status specific groups they might want to participate
  • It is difficult for other Standards Setting Organizations to get: a) an overview of the current status of specific groups; b) the status of specific specification(s)
  • Groups provide dashboard type information in various ways and having some consistency could be helpful
  • Milestones in Working Group charters typically become out-of-date soon after a charter is approved by the Director. In such cases, the WG should provide current status of the group's publication status (in some type of dashboard like style).

Types of Dashboards

Within the Consortium, there different types of dashboards are needed:

  • Domains and/or Activity level
  • Working Groups
  • Interest Groups
  • Community Groups
  • Consortium wide

Use Cases

  • AC rep wants to identify the all topics across the different groups and search groups by keywords
  • AC rep wants to know the current publication status of Working Group X
  • AC rep wants to know the current status of Domain Y
  • AC rep wants to know the current status of Community Group Z
  • AC rep wants to know the impact of one given technology on Working Group roadmaps (or specific specifications)


  • Target audience: AC reps, Members, prospective Members, Public, Group members
  • Cost: maintaining group-level dashboard takes Chair time


  • It should be possible to search the groups and activities at least by keywords
  • It should be possible to retrieve a summary of activity for a domain, a working group, a task force, a community group, a business group.
  • The level of information should be structured with the following hierarchy
    • General summary of the activity (business driver, supporters)
    • Roadmap of the activity (major achievement, coming challenges, potential known blockers or imperative deadline)
    • List of deliverables
    • Summary of each deliverable (including purpose, problem solved, companies involved, associated product)
  • For each summary of activity the set of relevant references should be made available (e.g. wiki, mailing list, chair/staff contact/editors name)


  • High: each Working Group must have some type of dashboard that minimally includes the current status of all of the group's active specifications
  • High: create a document/service that includes a link to all WG dashboards, possibly organized by Domains
  • Low: Consortium-wide dashboard

Potential Solutions