DID Working Group

Welcome to the DID Working Group

This document includes some information for new members of the DID Working Group (DID WG).

Members of the WG, especially new members are encouraged to help maintain this document.

The Working Group’s home page is: https://www.w3.org/2019/did-wg/. Looking at the left and right column of the page gives you lots of further information. Especially, the group’s Work Mode is described in the WorkMode document and it includes information about how the WG operates, including links to the WG’s various resources.


The group holds a weekly teleconference; see the times and dial-in details.


The group operates mostly on GitHub: that is where the specifications are developed, where issues are discussed. Even these pages are in a GitHub repository (look at the bottom for the reference). It is therefore important to familiarize yourself, at least at a basic level, with this tool. (If you are new to GitHub, the “Introduction to Basic GitHub Contribution” may be of help.)

Once you have your GitHub account name, send this name to ivan@w3.org, or to one of the chairs, who will add you to the Working Group’s “GitHub team” (in GitHub‘s jargon). That would enable you to be asked personally to review or be assigned to issues, or to edit the wiki pages.

You should also “link” your GitHub account to your W3C account; this can be done by going to the relevant page on your account. Doing so ensures that the various W3C specific tools can check your identity whether you use your W3C account or your GitHub account. As an example, if you do a Pull Request on one of the Recommendation track documents on GitHub, the system would know that you are a Working Group member, which means that the possible IPR issues are properly handled by virtue of your institution’s Working Group membership.


Meetings usually use IRC as a tool for queue control and minute taking (and general chit-chat). You should also send ivan@w3.org your preferred IRC nickname(s). The goal is to improve the readability of the meeting minutes, so that third parties can also understand whose comments and remarks are in the minutes. If you are already a seasoned GitHub user: the IRC and GitHub nicknames are stored (of course :-) ) in a file on GitHub, meaning that you can simply make a pull request adding your nickname(s) instead of sending an e-mail.

Specifications in Progress

A list of the group’s specifications, including the publication status of each spec, can be found in the group’s PubStatus document.

New WG Member Introductions

Although it isn’t required, new WG members are encouraged to send a short introductory e-mail to the WG’s Public mail list (public-did-wg@w3.org) or the group’s Member-only list (member-did-wg@w3.org). The introduction should include your area(s) of interest.

New WG members may also be invited to introduce themselves during a teleconference meeting.

Questions, Comments, Issues, etc.?

Please contact the group’s Chairs and staff contacts (using the group-did-wg-chairs@w3.org list) — at any time — if you have any questions, issues, concerns, etc., about the Working Group.


If you are unfamiliar with processes and roles within the Consortium; there is an introduction course available which typically takes about 90 minutes to complete.