W3C Community Groups Drive Web Innovation with more than 1200 Participants in Eight Months

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Innovation and Standardization Focus of May W3C Membership Meeting




http://www.w3.org/ — 9 May 2012— Eight months after the launch of W3C Community Groups to speed Web innovation, more than 1200 people are participating in 80 groups with wide-ranging interests, including mobile profiles, Web games, and big data.

"We wanted to encourage richer and more diverse conversations about Web technology at W3C, and we are off to a great start," said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. "A number of design choices (such as the permissive copyright license) have made this an appealing work environment to important stakeholders. The program is young but promising, and will continue to improve as we learn from our community."

A sample of what current groups are discussing includes:

  • Mobile: accelerating the adoption of the Mobile Web as a compelling platform for the development of modern mobile web applications (Core Mobile Web Platform)
  • Design: delivering alternate image sources based on device capabilities, to prevent wasted bandwidth and optimize display for both screen and print (Responsive Images)
  • Social: connecting the multidisciplinary research community interested in the study and treatment of low-effort user generated content on the Web (tweets, checkins, status messages, likes,...), called microposts (Microposts)
  • Games: improving the quality of open web standards that game developers rely on to create games (Games)
  • Education: improving the overall skill set of the web industry by improving the quality of available web education resources and courses around the world (Web Education)

Three Business Groups have also started operations on Oil, Gas and Chemical; Web and Broadcasting; and Web-based Signage (see related W3C Workshop on Web-based signage). Business Groups are a premium forum to work on Web technology within a group of like-minded stakeholders or to provide high-bandwidth input to the standards process.

W3C Membership, Innovation, and Standards

The W3C Membership plays a preeminent role both in Community Groups and in turning innovations into interoperable, Royalty-Free Web standards through an open consensus process. W3C currently has more than 50 Working Groups creating standards for an Open Web Platform for application development. The technologies, including HTML5, are still maturing and at different rates, but diverse industries have embraced the emerging standards, as many implementers, analysts, and press have noted.

This traction has resulted in more than 80 organizations becoming W3C Members in the past year, including: Baidu, Inc., Cox Communications, Inc., Gemalto SA, Huawei, Irdeto, MStar Semiconductor, Inc., Panasonic Corporation, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc., Qihoo 360, Smart Communications Inc., Square Enix Holdings, Telenor, Tencent, The Nielsen Company, and Verizon Wireless. Seven of the new organizations joined as startup members under a program announced in February, further diversifying the W3C Membership.

These Members will convene 13-15 May at W3C's semi-annual Advisory Committee meeting. Members and staff will discuss new opportunities for standardization and how to strengthen W3C's standards practices.

About the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 350 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/


Ian Jacobs, <w3t-pr@w3.org>, +1.718 260 9447

Testimonials for "W3C Community Groups Drive Web Innovation with more than 1200 Participants in Eight Months"

Argentina Office of Information Technologies · BlueCava · Future Web Technology Labs · IQ Tech Labs · Irdeto · Joshfire · Newcastle University · Newphoria · NHK · Panasonic · Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. · RITT · Tasktop · Telenor · Temesis · Tencent · UC Mobile

Argentina Office of Information Technologies

To participate, to give an opinion and to contribute are the verbs most used by those who are involved in the elaboration and implementation of data standards and technologies. Integrating the W3C, enables us to enlarge this articulation favoring the use of open standards and web accessibility, one of the subjects where we have learnt most and that has allowed us to transfer this knowledge to over 160 government officials of the Argentine Federal Administration. Integrating the W3C has allowed us to be permanently updated about suggestions and decisions, to see the track being followed, and to be able to give an opinion on those issues that need to be taken into account for an improved and more open e-government.

Mr. Pedro Janices, National Director, National Office of Information Technologies - Argentina

Future Web Technology Labs

Nowadays web technology is expanding its coverage fast toward the consumer electronics devices. Future Web Technology Labs is established for leading this trend that web as device controlling technology. To keep up with this web technology evolution, we decided that participating W3C activity as a member is crucial for our business. Since we can get faster forecast where the web technology will be heading for than any other non-W3C member companies.

Manyoung Cho, Founder and CEO of Future Web Technology Labs Inc.


BlueCava provides advanced technology that enables businesses to identify and profile the devices used by their customers to increase online advertising effectiveness, reduce fraud risk, and improve customer satisfaction. BlueCava is proud to participate in the W3C and contribute to the dialogue and ongoing efforts to make the Web more transparent and consumer-friendly.

James Brentano, VP Customer Solutions, BlueCava

IQ Tech Labs

IQ Tech Labs delivers innovative high quality solutions for customers, with a main focus on text-to-speech and education products. As a start-up research company we are proud to be part of W3C community and to be involved in Web Semantics, Web Languages and Speech Technologies standards.

Alexandru Tulai, General Manager, IQ Tech Labs


Irdeto, a subsidiary of Naspers, has a history of more than 40 years pioneering in media technologies to evolve today's connected day. Through its dynamic monetization and security technologies, Irdeto allows new forms of distribution for broadcast, broadband and mobile entertainment, as well as for the world's most popular apps, eStores and consumer devices. Irdeto conducts research in areas such as digital content protection, software security and protection, cryptography, watermarking and other evolving technologies. Irdeto actively participates in standards bodies and industry collaborations around the world to shape standards, share best practices and gain knowledge that helps the industry as a whole to grow and flourish. Our new membership in W3C marks our continuing aim to foster the connected day, driven by the digital industry.

Rob B.W. Gerritsen, Director of Innovation and Standardisation, Irdeto


Joshfire sits at the intersection of content and devices in the new era of connected things. The Joshfire Factory allows anyone to create cross-device applications with just a few clicks. "Cross-device" goes beyond the usual mobiles, tablets, and desktops, encompassing TVs and connected objects of all kinds. Innovation at Joshfire builds on open Web standards, from linked data vocabularies used to represent data feeds consistently across content providers to HTML5, CSS, and device APIs specifications to craft great user experiences that run across devices. Joshfire is proud to join the W3C community and contribute to the development of the next open Web platform.

Michel Levy-Provençal, CEO, Joshfire

En français: Joshfire se positionne à l'intersection entre données et terminaux à l'aune de l'Internet des objets. La Joshfire Factory est la première usine à génération d’applications dédiées aux postes de travail, aux mobiles, aux tablettes, aux TV connectées et aux objets connectés. Elle permet la création d'applications en quelques clics. La Factory est entièrement basée sur des standards Web ouverts, depuis les vocabulaires utilisés pour normaliser des données hétérogènes en provenance des fournisseurs de contenu jusqu'aux spécifications HTML5, CSS et les APIs de terminaux qui permettent le développement d'interfaces utilisateurs riches sur tous les types de terminaux ciblés. Joshfire a rejoint la communauté du W3C pour contribuer aux futures innovations de la platforme Web.

Michel Levy-Provençal, CEO, Joshfire

Newcastle University

Newcastle University joined the W3C in 2011 through its School of Computing Science, with a focus on standardization of models for metadata management, specifically provenance management. Today, with most of the specification documents well on the way to become Recommendations, our commitment and continued involvement in the Provenance Working Group is beginning to show benefits, in the form of a solid grounding for our academic research work on provenance, as well as new collaborations with non-academic partners in a variety of projects, and visibility within the broader information management community. There is an expectation that this experience will provide a blueprint for other groups within the University to become involved in other areas of interest to the W3C, specifically on Security and Linked Data.

Paolo Missier, Lecturer, School of Computing at Newcastle University


NHK is Japan’s nationwide public broadcaster which broadcasts on two terrestrial television channels, two satellite television channels, and three radio channels. NHK has the role of leading Japan in developing new broadcasting technologies and contributing to a rich broadcasting culture. Among its research and development projects, an advanced hybrid broadcasting system is the most recent and active one. The system, called Hybridcast, is to integrate broadband technology with digital broadcasting. A variety of services that Hybridcast will offer to the viewers are application basis and HTML5 is employed as a common application platform of it. It is a great pleasure for NHK to join W3C and to contribute to technological advancement of the Web.

Hiroshi Fujisawa, NHK, Science and Technology Research Laboratories


Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Panasonic generates ideas for life...today and tomorrow. Through innovative thinking, we are committed to enriching people's lives around the world. We aim to continuously provide our customers new experience through services and products that leverage latest web and network technologies developed in W3C, and therefore are proud and excited to be a part of the development of such technologies.

Yoshiaki Osumi, Corporate R&D Division, Panasonic Corporation


Newphoria Corporation offers complete web development services and creates digital signage content. Newphoria Corporation is committed to creating digital signage content using Web technology. We are very proud to be part of the development of W3C technologies and to have started the Web-based signage Business Group. We believe that W3C technologies will bring innovation to a lot of industries, including the digital signage industry.

Futomi Hatano, CTO, Newphoria Corporation

Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.

Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. (QuIC), a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, is deeply engaged in authoring mobile-optimized code for open source projects. HTML5 is enabling browsers to emerge as a leading mobile app platform that can go far toward mitigating two chronic issues facing mobile developers — fragmentation and discovery. But just as important is enabling developers to write web apps that delight end users. Our goal is to ensure that a set of APIs is deployed across browsers that are standards-based and enable web apps to perform on par with native apps.

Rob Chandhok, President, Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.

Research Institute of Telecommunication Transmission (RITT)

Research Institute of Telecommunication Transmission under the MIIT is specially engaged in telecommunication and information technology research. Established in 1972, the institute provides strong support of technology, policy and regulation for the state telecommunication authority, conducts technical research and standardization in various communication field, and is responsible for the test and trial operation of network equipment, terminal equipment and new technologies. RITT is also providing test and verification service for network related products, such as switching system, access network equipment, service platform, terminal and mobile applications, in which W3C technologies are deeply involved.

Wu Wei, Senior Engineer, Research Institute of Telecommunication Transmission


Tasktop's goal is to connect the application lifecycle across the disparate systems of record that define it today. Moving away from a world of fragile URLs to a W3C Linked Data specification is the best path forward for connecting the increasingly complex software lifecycle and supply chain. We are looking forward to broad adoption of the spec by leading Agile and ALM vendors looking to meet their customers' interoperability needs.

Mik Kersten, CEO, Tasktop Technologies


Telenor is proud to join W3C. As a customer-centric organization, we believe that open Internet and web standards are key success factors for Mobile Internet and for securing a truly global Internet for all. Telenor Group is one of the world's major mobile operators with 146 million mobile subscriptions in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia.

Hilde Tonne, Executive Vice President, Telenor Group, Head of Group Industrial Development


Temesis produces different web quality checklists and will help W3C standardization processes on the relevant topics. Furthermore W3C produces the core knowledge on which Temesis bases its reporting tools used by web accessibility consultants to create a more open web.

Aurélien Levy, CEO, Temesis


As one of the largest Internet companies in China, Tencent provides products and services of instant messaging, social network, online gaming, portal, email, micro blogging, mobile, e-commerce, web search, web browser and online security. In addition, Tencent supports third-parties and developers broad online service platform that serves hundreds of millions Internet users. Tencent is proud to join W3C, to participate standard development and promote open standards.

Yuguo Liu, Assistant General Manager, Tencent

UC Mobile

UC Mobile is a leading provider of mobile internet software technology and application services. UC Browser, our flagship product, helping over 300 million users in more than 150 countries and regions around the world to enjoy mobile internet. Joining W3C enables us to participate in the development of new web standards, adopt the latest new standard in our products and bring the best technology to our users around the world.

Jerry Jiang, R&D Director, UC Mobile

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