Distributed, online workshops to discuss best practices and potential standardization of map viewers built using the web platform
Maps of Montreal, past, present, and future. Maps for the Web, Sept−Oct 2020, #Maps4HTML

Workshop Agenda

The workshop series will consist of schedules sessions and asynchronous discussion. All the main workshop presentations will be posted online so that participants can watch at their own schedule. In parallel, there will be a schedule of breakout and hack sessions organized by workshop participants. Discussion will continue online through the month of October, in the hopes of gaining wide input towards a consensus on key issues.

Due to risks associated with global travel and the spread COVID-19, the Maps for the Web workshop series in 2020 will be online only, using a distributed, asynchronous model to encourage in-depth participation regardless of time zones.

This is a new format for a W3C or OGC Workshop, and we're still finalizing the details of what it will look like. Suggestions from registered participants are welcome.


A detailed workshop series agenda will be established based on received submissions. The current plan is as follows:

To suggest a talk, panel, breakout session, or hack project, please see the call for participation.

Instructions for participants

The workshop series focuses on topics raised by participants in expressions of interest and position statements. Each topic will be introduced by one or more short (or lightning) talks, or an expert panel, and is then discussed among participants in the forums. The goal of each workshop discussion is not to resolve all technical issues of the topic, but to determine its relevance and priority to standardization.

Session Formats


Plenary sessions introduce topics for discussion which are expected to be relevant to all participants. Speakers are selected in advance by the program committee; an assigned moderator will introduce the speakers and coordinate the discussion.

A typical plenary session would be 30-60 minutes and include short talks (<15 minutes), lightning talks, and/or panel Q&A discussion.

The structured video sessions are only the start: the topics they introduce will be the start of open discussion online, where all workshop participants are encouraged to exchange ideas, assess priorities, and identify possible standardization actions. The moderator will be tasked with keeping the discussion on topic, and identifying areas of consensus for the final workshop report.


These sessions will support more collaborative discussion by smaller groups. Breakout sessions will cover more specific technical topics that didn't fit into the main workshop schedule. Hack sessions will welcome new collaborators to a software or data project, as discussed in the call for participation.

The specific format will depend on the topic and goals of the session, but could include a mix of video presentations, live chat, and written discussion. Regardless of format, each group is expected to provide a written summary of their session.


We're still collecting information on the different options for remote collaboration tools. Your feedback is welcome! We especially want to ensure that the chosen tools are accessible to all.

Add suggestions to our discussion issues for video conferencing and video hosting, or text-based forums.

Maintaining records

All session organizers are expected to create records of what was discussed, what conclusions or consensus was reached, and any major areas of discussion or concern.

Breakout session organizers will be able to use the W3C's IRC server and meeting-management bots. See tips on IRC at W3C.

Suggested Reading

If you can, please review the participant position statements and other background material before the workshops.