We are soon reaching a milestone: the celebration of one year of operation for the W3C Community and Business Groups.
Almost one year ago, we launched Community and Business Groups. We wanted to make it easier for people to bring their ideas to W3C. And they have. In May of this year we issued a press release as participation rose above 1200. Today you are more than 1600, from at least 46 countries, and participating in more than 90 Community and Business Groups. The community’s response, your response, to the program has been thrilling.
And the groups are getting work done. Here are just a few examples:
- The Core Mobile Web Platform Community Group, with more than 250 participants today, seeks to accelerate the adoption of the Mobile Web as a compelling platform for the development of modern mobile web applications. They are working on a mobile profile, building a test suite, and held a face-to-face meeting in June. They are also providing feedback on the specifications of other W3C Working Groups.
- The Responsive Images Community Group, with nearly 150 participants, developed a proposal to enable authors to provide different sources for images at different sizes not based on resolution or network speed, but based on the judgment of the designer for what is the best image source at a particular breakpoint. They have submitted their proposal to the HTML Working Group for consideration as part of a future version of HTML.
- The JSON for Linking Data Community Group, with more than 40 participants is bridging the worlds of JSON and linked data. The group published several specifications and is transferring them to the RDF Working Group.
The program has met many of our goals for promoting innovation and inclusion. We are planning improvements to the program based on our experience so far. Today we are opening a two-month survey of the W3C Community and Business Groups. And we are inviting any Community Group or Business Group participant to take it:
There are several categories of questions in this survey, related to:
- work flow
- policies and agreements
Some questions will only be relevant to some participants (e.g., people who created a group or who chair a group). All questions are optional, so you are welcome to respond only to parts of the questionnaire.
Thank you for taking a moment to share your experience.
If you are a Chair, I would appreciate if you could encourage the participants in the group(s) to take that survey. It is open until the end of September.