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21 May 2007

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W3C and WSRI Workshop to Explore Transparency in eGovernment

2007-05-15: Toward More Transparent Government: Workshop on eGovernment and the Web will be held 18-19 June in Washington, D.C., USA, at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Attendees, invited speakers and panelists will discuss how the Web works for citizens and governments and how it can best achieve their goals. Co-sponsored by W3C and the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), the Workshop is free and open to all but registration is required. The deadline was extended to 22 May for position papers which are strongly encouraged. Read the press release, the report of the first W3C eGovernment symposium, and about Workshops. (Permalink)

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Last Call: XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Full-Text 1.0, Requirements, Use Cases

2007-05-18: The XSL Working Group and XML Query Working Group have published three Last Call Working Drafts: XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Full-Text 1.0, XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Full-Text 1.0 Requirements, and XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 Full-Text 1.0 Use Cases. Full-Text 1.0 technology extends XQuery 1.0 and XPath 2.0 with full-text search capabilities. Comments are welcome through 2007-06-22. Learn more about the Extensible Markup Language (XML) Activity. (Permalink)

XML Protocol Working Group Renewed

2007-05-17: W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the XML Protocol Working Group. Chris Ferris (IBM) chairs the group which is chartered to to maintain and develop as needed the SOAP Version 1.2, XML-binary Optimized Packaging (XOP), SOAP Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism (MTOM) W3C Recommendations. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Read about Web services. (Permalink)

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0: Working Drafts

2007-05-17: The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group has released updated Working Drafts of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Understanding WCAG 2.0 and Techniques for WCAG 2.0. See the call for review for additional information. The group also published an updated WCAG 2.0 Quick Reference, a customizable list of WCAG 2.0 requirements and techniques. Following WCAG makes Web content more accessible to the vast majority of users, including people with disabilities and older users, using many different devices including assistive technologies. Comments are welcome through 28 June. Visit the Web Accessibility Initiative home page. (Permalink)

SKOS Use Cases and Requirements: Working Draft

2007-05-16: The Semantic Web Deployment Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of SKOS Use Cases and Requirements. Knowledge organization systems, such as taxonomies, thesauri or subject heading lists, play a fundamental role in information structuring and access. These use cases and fundamental or secondary requirements will be used to guide the design of SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organisation System), a model for representing such vocabularies. Learn more about the Semantic Web Activity. (Permalink)

Last Call: Web Services Addressing Metadata

2007-05-16: The Web Services Addressing Working Group has released a third Last Call Working Draft of Web Services Addressing 1.0 - Metadata to prepare the specification for consideration as a Candidate Recommendation. Used to indicate support for the Web Services Addressing 1.0 mechanisms using the Web Services Policy 1.5 framework and defining how to express WS-Addressing properties in the Web Services Description Language (WSDL), this new version refines the Web Services Policy assertions. Comments are welcome through 8 June. Read about Web services. (Permalink)

Unicode in XML and other Markup Languages Published

2007-05-16: W3C is pleased to announce the publication of Unicode in XML and other Markup Languages as a Unicode Technical Report and a W3C Note. Major changes since the previous version encompass the alignment with Unicode 5.0 and the discussion of white space handling. The guidelines are published jointly by the Unicode Technical Committee and the W3C Internationalization Core Working Group. Visit the W3C Internationalization home page. (Permalink)

Health Care, Life Sciences and the Semantic Web: Publication

2007-05-16: The Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG) has reached a significant milestone with their publication of the article "Advancing Translational Research with the Semantic Web." This joint work of the Interest Group was published in BMC Bioinformatics, a peer-reviewed open access journal that plays a central role in the bioinformatics community. The authors illustrate the value of Semantic Web technologies to neuroscience researchers and biomedicine and report on several projects by members of the Interest Group. Read about the Semantic Web. (Permalink)

RDF Access to Relational Databases: Advance Notice of Workshop

2007-05-14: W3C plans a Workshop on RDF Access to Relational Databases on 25-26 October in Cambridge, MA, USA, hosted by Novartis. Workshop attendees from the Semantic Web and relational database communities will examine commonalities, distinctions and next steps for expressing relational data in RDF. A Call for Participation is expected in late May or June. Read about W3C Workshops. (Permalink)

W3C Opens Southern Africa Office

Pretoria2007-05-14: W3C is pleased to announce the opening of the W3C Southern Africa Office. The Office is hosted at the Meraka Institute, a unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa. Quentin Williams is Office Manager. Daniel Dardailler and Stephane Boyera are among those who attended the opening ceremonies on 14 May. Visit the Offices home page. (Photo credit: Joshua McDill. Permalink)

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