W3C For Immediate Release

W3C Community Groups Drive Web Innovation with more than 1200 Participants in Eight Months

Innovation and Standardization Focus of May W3C Membership Meeting

http://www.w3.org/ — 9 May 2012— Eight months after the launch of W3C Community Groups to speed Web innovation, more than 1200 people are participating in 80 groups with wide-ranging interests, including mobile profiles, Web games, and big data.

"We wanted to encourage richer and more diverse conversations about Web technology at W3C, and we are off to a great start," said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. "A number of design choices (such as the permissive copyright license) have made this an appealing work environment to important stakeholders. The program is young but promising, and will continue to improve as we learn from our community."

A sample of what current groups are discussing includes:

Three Business Groups have also started operations on Oil, Gas and Chemical; Web and Broadcasting; and Web-based Signage (see related W3C Workshop on Web-based signage). Business Groups are a premium forum to work on Web technology within a group of like-minded stakeholders or to provide high-bandwidth input to the standards process.

W3C Membership, Innovation, and Standards

The W3C Membership plays a preeminent role both in Community Groups and in turning innovations into interoperable, Royalty-Free Web standards through an open consensus process. W3C currently has more than 50 Working Groups creating standards for an Open Web Platform for application development. The technologies, including HTML5, are still maturing and at different rates, but diverse industries have embraced the emerging standards, as many implementers, analysts, and press have noted.

This traction has resulted in more than 80 organizations becoming W3C Members in the past year, including: Baidu, Inc., Cox Communications, Inc., Gemalto SA, Huawei, Irdeto, MStar Semiconductor, Inc., Panasonic Corporation, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc., Qihoo 360, Smart Communications Inc., Square Enix Holdings, Telenor, Tencent, The Nielsen Company, and Verizon Wireless. Seven of the new organizations joined as startup members under a program announced in February, further diversifying the W3C Membership.

These Members will convene 13-15 May at W3C's semi-annual Advisory Committee meeting. Members and staff will discuss new opportunities for standardization and how to strengthen W3C's standards practices.

About the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 350 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/


Ian Jacobs, <w3t-pr@w3.org>, +1.718 260 9447