W3C Icon, linked to the W3C Home page Archive of Office Related News, 2005

News in December

Change of staffing at the German-Austrian Office

photo of Thomas

2005-12-15: After having served as the manager of the German, then the German-Austrian Office for almost 8 years, Klaus Birkenbihl leaves the Office and its hosting Institution, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to join the W3C Team. Thomas Tikwinski, who joined the Office staff a year ago, has now taken over as the Manager of the Office.

W3C wishes to thank Klaus for his work on the German-Austrian Office and the W3C Office Programme in general, and is pleased to work with Thomas in his new role.

News in November

Opening Ceremony of the W3C Indian Office

photo of W3C Indian Office opening ceremony

2005-11-10: The W3C Indian Office is open in Noida, India. The Office is hosted by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC Noida). R. K. Verma is the Office Manager and the Deputy Office Manager is Vijay Gugnani. Stéphane Boyera, Steve Bratt, Max Froumentin, Ivan Herman and Richard Ishida are among those attending the opening ceremonies on 10-11 November in New Delhi. The opening ceremony on the 10th of November was attended by more than 250 delegates representing the academia and industry; this was followed by a day of tutorials on the 11th also attended by around 200 experts. The presentations are also linked from the event page.

News in September

XHTML2 and XForms tutorial in Munich Announced

2005-09-22: the W3C Office for Germany & Austria, in conjunction with ISOC Germany, organizes a half day tutorial on XHTML2 and XForms in Munich, Germany, with Steven Pemberton as a speaker on the 21st of October. See the site of the event for further details and registration.

W3C Indian Office Opening Ceremony Announced

2005-09-21: the W3C Indian Office will be officially launched during a two day International Conference & Workshop on November 10-11, 2005 at Hotel Taj Palace, in New Delhi, India. The event will also include presentations from several members of the W3C staff, including Steve Bratt, Stéphane Boyera, Richard Ishida, Max Froumentin, and Ivan Herman, along with experts from various companies and institutions in India. See the site of the event for further details on registration and the program.

W3C Australian Office Changes Host

Ross Ackland's's photograph

2005-09-10: W3C is pleased to announce the CSIROICT Centre in Canberra hosts the W3C Australian Office effective 10 October. Ross Ackland is Office Manager. W3C wishes to thank DSTC in Brisbane and staff members Liz Armstrong and Hoylen Sue for hosting the previous Australian Office.

Ross Ackland is a Research Manager with CSIRO ICT Centre. He received a BE in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1978 and a Masters in Engineering Science from the University of New South Wales in 1984. His major expertise is in Software Engineering, Spatial Databases, Distributed Computing, and Computer Graphics. He has worked for the last seventeen years in research and development environments for both small and large organisations in the areas of real-time systems, communications, networking, and more recently Internet based spatial information systems. He is currently a Research manager for CSIRO ICT Centre, conducting research in applications of semantic web for natural resource management.

XHTML2 and XForms tutorial in Antwerpen announced

2005-09-30: the W3C Benelux Office, in conjunction with ISOC Belgium, organizes a half day tutorial on XHTML2 and XForms in Antwerpen, Belgium, with Steven Pemberton as a speaker on the 3rd of October. See the site of the event for further details and registration.

News in August

News in July

“Web Foundations” Highlights Universal Access to Information

2005-07-14: The W3C Spanish Office is pleased to present Shawn Henry, Jakob Nielsen, Steven Pemberton, Inmaculada Placencia, John Slatin, and Jeffrey Zeldman at Web Foundations 2005 on 22-23 November in Gijón, Spain. These noted accessibility, usability and Web standards experts will discuss Design for All as an essential requirement for equitable Internet access. Steven Pemberton also gives an XForms and XHTML tutorial on 24 November in Oviedo. The deadline for discount registration fees is 1 November. The event is open to the public.

W3C Day in Berlin announced

2005-07-14: Once a year the W3C Office in Germany and Austria organizes a “W3C Day”. As in 2004, this year’s event will be organized jointly with the Berlin XML Days, that take place at Humboldt-University. The W3C Day will be on the 14th September.

The W3C Day is to inform on W3C’s work during the past year in general and to discuss one or two subjects in detail. The focus of this year’s W3C Day is on mobile Web and W3C’s Mobile Web Initiative (MWI). The speakers will include Philipp Hoschka, head of the MWI and W3C Director Europe and Dr. Simone Emmelius who is resposible for mobile services at ZDF public TV.

Opening an Office in India

Indian Office logo

2005-07-05: W3C is pleased to announce the creation of its newest Office in India. The Office is located in Noida, nearby New Delhi, and is hosted by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). C-DAC is a scientific society under the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology of the Govt. of India. The manager of the office is R.K. Verma, its deputy manager is Vijay Gugnani

With its manpower of 2000 strong and its geographical spread at 14 locations across India, C-DAC will provide a perfect representation of W3C in India and will contribute to a better representation of the Indian technical community in the work of W3C.

News in June

Spanish Members’ Meeting

2005-06-30: The W3C Spanish Office held its Second Spanish Members Annual Meeting on 28 June in Gijón, Asturias. The meeting, that brought together W3C Spanish Members in the new technology and Internet fields, consisted of four panels on Accessibility, Mobile Web, Web Services, CMS, and Semantic Web, which generated an interesting discussion among attendants. The W3C Spanish Office thanks attendants for their interest and participation.

News in May

Korean Members’ Meeting

2005-05-31: The W3C Korean Office holds a Workshop of the Korean W3C members on the 23th and 24th of June, at the Legend Hotel in Daejeon, Korea. Korean W3C members will have the opportunity to present their activities related to W3C and the Web. Non W3C members are also invited to participate. The detailed programme of the Workshop is available on-line.

News in April

Right arrow bulletW3C.DE/AT Event in Vienna

Photograph of Schonbrunn, Vienna

2005-04-18: The W3C Office for Austria and Germany is planning a meeting on W3C and the Semantic Web in Vienna, on June 20th in cooperation with the Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft (OCG) and the Austrian Association for Research in IT (AARIT). The speakers include: T.Baker (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany), K.Birkenbihl (W3C.DE/AT, Sankt Augustin, Germany), G.Gottlob (Technical University, Vienna, Austria), I.Herman (W3C Team), G.Koch (AARIT, Vienna, Austria), J.Pokorny (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic), P.Vojnisek (progos.hu, Budapest, Hungary), and P.Vojtas (University Pavla Jozefa Šafarika, Košice, Slovakia). Program and registration information to follow shortly.

Right arrow bulletNew Staff Member at the Korean Office

Hyengin Parks's photograph

2005-04-22: The W3C Korean Office has a new staff member, in the person of Hyejin Park. She had her tertiary education at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, where she gained B.E. in Engineering Science (2000) and Master of Operations Research degree (2002). After completing her Masters degree, she joined Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute in Korea as researcher. Her major research interest so far has been e-Business platform, RFID middleware development and their applications, where important web technologies such as Web Services, SOAP, XML, ebXML, etc. were required. While performing the research, she had chances to experience standardization activities performed at OASIS, UN/CEFACT, and EPCglobal. She is currently working on developing promotion plan for Korean standardization expert's activites.

W3C welcomes Hyejin as the new Staff member.

Right arrow bulletFirst W3C Spanish Office Prize for Web Standardization Award Ceremony

2005-04-18: The First W3C Spanish Office Prize Award Ceremony will be held in Oviedo, Spain, on the 28th April. The W3C Spanish Office launched this initiative during the W3C Spanish Office Tour, aiming to encourage the use and the adoption of W3C Recommendations at Spanish universities. The first prize has been awarded to the project “A graphical library for dynamic presentation of statistical data using SVG” by Cristina González Cachón. She will receive an applied research grant to develop the full project based on her prototype at the Fundación CTIC headquarters in Gijón, Asturias, Spain. Two other finalists, Antonio Quintáns Ocaña (first finalist) and Xavier Sánchez Taixé (second finalist) have both been awarded for their prototypes with a laptop computer, courtesy of Red.es and Acer.

News in March

Right arrow bulletSemantic Web Course in Jerusalem Announced

2005-03-16: The W3C Israel Office organizes a half-day course on the Semantic Web. The speaker is Jim Hendler, University of Maryland, and also member of the W3C Semantic Web Coordination Group. This course will take place at the Hebrew University, Beit Belgia, Safra Campus, Givat Ram, Jerusalem, on Wednesday, April 20th 2005. See the event page for more details.

Right arrow bulletXHTML2 and XForms Tutorial Announced

2005-03-16: The W3C Office for Germany and Autria organizes a half-day course on XHML2 and XForms. The speaker is Steven Pemberton, Chair of the W3C XHMTL and the XForms Working Groups. The course takes place at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in Sankt Augustin, Germany, on the 19th of April, 2005. See the event page for more details.

Right arrow bulletSemantic Web Symposium in Hong Kong

2005-03-16: The W3C Hong Kong Office organizes a one day Semantic Web Symposium at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, on the 12th of April, 2005. See the event page for more details.

Right arrow bulletNew Staff Member at the Korean Office

Wonsuk Lee's photograph

2005-03-14: The W3C Korean Office has a new staff member, acting as deputy co-ordinator, in the person of Wonsuk Lee. Wonsuk received his B.S. in computer science from Paichai University in 1996, and his M.S in computer engineering from Chungnam National University in 1998. He is currently working on his Ph.D. Wonsuk joined ETRI in 2003, where he is member of the research staff; his interests include Web Services, Mobile Web, Ubiquitous Web, etc. He also works in the fields of service convergence and promoting standardization activities within ETRI.

W3C welcomes Wonsuk as the new Staff member.

Right arrow bulletNew Staff Member at the Spanish Office

Martin Alvarez' photograph

2005-03-09: The W3C Spanish Office has a new staff member, Martín Álvarez Espinar. Martín has a degree in Informatics Engineering, has worked as analyst and developer of Web Applications at the Research and Innovation departments at the University of Oviedo. He has been involved in several e-learning and open-source based projects. He replaces Carlos Iglesias (who has moved to another position within the hosting institution of the Spanish Office).

W3C is grateful to Carlos Iglesias for the work he has done to the Spanish Office and wishes him all the best in his career. W3C also welcomes Martin as the new Staff member.

News in February

Right arrow bulletSW Seminar in Belgium

2005-02-08: W3C Benelux and ISOC Belgium organize a seminar Tutorial on Semantic Web Technologies on 16 February 2005 in Antwerp. This seminar is the result of an agreement between W3C Benelux and ISOC Belgium and Netherlands with the purpose to disseminate on a non-profit basis the knowledge on new web technologies and applications in the Benelux.

News in January

Right arrow bulletW3C Offices Meet Face to Face

group photo of Offices staff standing on staircase at ERCIM

2005-01-12: W3C’s Offices hold their annual meeting on 10-11 January in Sophia Antipolis, France. Office representatives from five continents have gathered at W3C's host in France to discuss local issues, recruiting and Membership issues, Office events and outreach as they plan for 2005 and beyond. (See also larger photo)

Office Presentations in 2005

Klaus Birkenbihl, Coordinator of Offices.
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