Open Web Platform Progress Drives Expanding Industry Interest

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Nearly Forty Organizations Join W3C In Twelve Months

Testimonials — 10 May 2011 — W3C and its partners are creating an innovative Open Web Platform for application development. The platform has captured the attention of a great many industries that see the business opportunities enabled by its richness, universality, and interoperability across diverse devices. At its biannual membership meeting this month in Bilbao (Spain), W3C will discuss how the platform is transforming these industries, and the implications for both Web technology and W3C.

"W3C's Open Web Platform is emerging as the platform of choice for the delivery of services and the development of rich applications across a broader set of industries, including mobile, television, publishing, and advertising." said Dr. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. "The immediate impact of new Web standards will result in more innovation, more powerful Web-based products and services, and economic opportunities for businesses and consumers alike."

W3C is broadening the scope of its activities and helping other industry groups leverage the benefits of the platform. As a result, nearly forty organizations from sixteen countries have joined W3C in the past twelve months, including these leaders in media, television, entertainment, gaming, telecommunications, device manufacturers, and social media: China Unicom, Comcast, Facebook, LG Electronics, NEC Corporation, Netflix, SanDisk, Sony, and Zynga. Testimonials from a number of recent Members shed light on their reasons for joining W3C, such as HTML5, CSS, SVG and other important existing work, but also new activity around Real-Time communications, Geolocation, Web and TV, Web Performance and Audio on the Web.

"These exciting developments are fostering a more diverse community at W3C," continued Jaffe. "We are pleased to welcome new members who bring relevant technical expertise to solve the next generation of technical challenges on the Web."

Participation is growing in other ways as well, including greater numbers and diversity at W3C Workshops on a broader range of Web topics. Recent and upcoming topics include Web and TV, Web Tracking and User Privacy, Web Identity in the Browser (24-25 May), Federated Social Web (3-5 June), and Mobile and Web Technologies in Social and Economic Development (4-5 June).

"When W3C members meet in Bilbao, Spain this month, we look forward to lively discussions and debates about the future of the Web," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. "We appreciate the dedication and commitment of all our members and staff to work together on the challenging business, technical and social issues facing the Web today. And we are of course excited by the momentum and enthusiasm being generated by HTML5 and other elements of the Open Web Platform."

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BiscayTIK · China Unicom · Comcast · Infraware · LG Electronics · LINKatu · Mobilizy · Mondeca · NEC Corporation · Ontos AG · Pacific Northwest National Laboratory · SanDisk · Sony · Université de Lyon · World Wide Web Foundation · Zynga


BiscayTIK develops electronic platforms for local administrations and is working with the goal of being an international reference in this field. With this objective in mind, working with standards is essential due to the ease of reusing information and the possibilities for interaction and communication between different administrations that this allows. Our solutions try to make life easier for people, saving time and unnecessary commuting efforts thanks to use of the Internet, and making business more efficient, benefiting society in general, reducing costs, pollution and paper consumption. Therefore we are glad to be able to be part of the W3C, and we look forward to sharing our experience with the consortium and this way help build the future relationship between administrations and citizens using New Technologies.

Ibon Oñate Zamalloa, General Manager, BiscayTIK

China Unicom

China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd ("China Unicom") is committed to forging itself into a world-leading broadband communications and information service provider. China Unicom supports the universal open web platform standards and will utilizing the most advanced technologies to promote the mobile Internet services to its hundreds of millions of subscribers.

Gu Minxia, Manager of Standards Management Division, Technology Department, China Unicom


As one the largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers in the United States, Comcast's goal is to deliver the entertainment they crave anytime, anywhere on any device. We're proud to join the W3C and applaud their ongoing dedication to creating open web standards, like HTML5. Having a common web platform with video support will help us as we continue to innovate and give our customers the ability to access content across multiple platforms, including TV, online, phones, tablets, through the use of apps and ultimately any Internet-enabled device.

- Tony Werner, Executive Vice President and CTO, Comcast Cable


Embedded SW specialized company, Infraware leads mobile web industry through standardization activities of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). Infraware will initiate mobile web-related standardization in Korea through W3C standardization activities and also plans to suggest standards for various devices (N-Screen). Infraware is actively pushing forward with the development of mobile web platforms that perform the major functions of HTML5 and will do its utmost to improve the mobile web environment to activate mobile web applications in the future.

- Gyeong Nam Kim, Chief of Infraware R&D center, Infraware

LG Electronics

As a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, LG Electronics supports the open web technology. It not only provides a consistent user experience and reduced development costs across our broad range of products, the Open Web Platform allows for an innovative ensemble — or "web" — of devices and services. LG sees the benefits of standardization and fully supports the openness and interoperability at the root of open web technology. We are proud to be a member of the W3C community.

- Dong-Young Lee, Software Platform Lab., LG Electronics


LINKatu aims to support data integration from different domains in health care and life sciences domain. In order to achieve this goal we focused on applying Semantic Web Technologies from the very beginning to break the data silos' barriers existing in such a domain. Thus, we recently decided joining W3C to take part in the development of the standards that form the technology stack of the "Web of data".


HTML5, for us as mobile developers, is one of the most promising approaches to support the "write once - run anywhere" approach. Once HTML5 is supported on all mobile handsets, it has the potential to replace native apps with webapps written in HTML5, which then need to be written only once and have the same look and feel on any mobile platform. Mobilizy is very proud to be part of W3C to support high potential activities like HTML5 standardization, and look forward to continuing the awesome work with W3C!

- Martin Lechner, CTO, Mobilizy


Mondeca is a leading provider of technology for the management of ontologies and reference vocabularies. Mondeca is joining W3C to expand its participation in the development of core software standards. We will start by joining the Provenance Working Group whose work will help to place information in its historical context.

- Jean Delahousse, CEO, Mondeca

NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies. We provide combinations of products and solutions that benefit businesses and people around the world. We support the W3C's open, consensus-driven process and cutting-edge technology standards.

- Nobuhisa Shiraishi, Principal Researcher, Information and Media Processing Laboratories, NEC Corporation

Ontos AG

Ontos, as a key player in semantic data web technologies, wants to take an active role at W3C by contributing to the semantic web standards, especially RDF. Ontos is committed to the use and development of W3C recommendations in order to motivate our customers to leverage the potential of the semantic data web. Thanks to W3C and the open standards we can easier create value with new services around the web.

- Daniel Hladky, CEO, Ontos AG

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

As a scientific research laboratory that uses W3C standards and resulting technology, the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has witnessed firsthand how W3C has enabled the international science community to better collaborate and overcome previously insurmountable barriers. Across the sciences we rely on semantic web standards to make sense of the data we collect. Describing, analyzing or making the relevant connection between different information would not be possible at the scales we are addressing without semantic standards. PNNL looks forward to further advancing the Web and scientific discovery through its involvement in W3C.

- Eric Stephan, Senior Research Scientist, Scientific Data Management, Computational Sciences and Mathematics Department, Fundamental and Computational Sciences Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


SanDisk Corporation is the global leader in flash memory cards, from research, manufacturing and product design to consumer branding and retail distribution. SanDisk's product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives for computers. SanDisk products are increasingly deployed in Web-based environments, and SanDisk is proud to join and excited to participate with the W3C in the development of new standards.

- Yoni Shternhell, SanDisk


Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony actively supports the development of W3C standards that enable an open web platform for various devices and services.

- Tatsuya Igarashi, Distinguished Researcher, Technology Development Group, Sony Corporation

Université de Lyon

As a major French Research and Higher Education Consortium, Université de Lyon is proud to join W3C and to contribute to Web technologies development. This involvement is materialized with the WWW2012 conference (16-20 April 2012), that we jointly organize with IW3C2.

- Laurent Flory, CIO, Université de Lyon

World Wide Web Foundation

The World Wide Web Foundation supports W3C as the global forum for the development of free and open Web standards. It is these Web specifications and guidelines that provide a powerful basis for expanding communication, collaboration and creativity around the globe. An important part of the Web Foundation's mission is to teach developers in under-served regions of the world how to develop locally-relevant and accessible Web services that might bring about positive social and economic change in their communities. Critical to this mission are W3C standards that remove barriers to access for people who are disabled, illiterate, using mobile devices, or reading languages supported poorly on today's Web. Thanks to all who invest in the work of W3C, for the benefit of the 2 billion (and growing) people in the world empowered by the Web.

- Steve Bratt, CEO, World Wide Web Foundation


As the world's largest social games developer, Zynga is dedicated to developing cutting-edge innovation and has been a true pioneer of a new way for people to connect and have fun with friends and family. Zynga places a strong emphasis on the open web platform and through Zynga Germany it develops shared technology that contributes back to industry standards and global partners. We are proud and excited to be a part of the development of W3C technologies.

- Paul Bakaus, CTO, Zynga Germany

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