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Member Value Survey

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Member Value Survey: Full Text


W3C is a collaborative community in which all Members benefit from the opportunities to work with other Members.

To strengthen this value, The W3C Advisory Board made it a priority for this year to reach out to the Membership to inquire how Members characterize the value of being part of this community [1]. We would like to understand your perception of both current value, and potential future value. Our objective - we want W3C to increase Member value. We also want to better communicate that value to stakeholders. Please take 10-15 minutes to fill out this survey and help us with this.

While this idea was initially developed last fall, we are doubly interested in the idea at this time of considerable stress. There is considerable uncertainty in today's business environment, and confirming sources of value is all the more important.

Current value

Please rate these elements according to how your member organization values them, on a scale of -1 to 3:

  • -1 This detracts from the value of W3C
  • 0 We have no opinion
  • 1 This provides some value to us
  • 2 This provides a lot of value to us
  • 3 This is one of the key reasons we joined W3C

1. Working Group output (for example, specifications) that will have a major impact on my organization in its industry. Please list recent examples.

2. Working Group output (for example, specifications) that is required for incremental progress in my organization. Please list recent examples.

3. The ability to influence the direction for web standards.

4. A flexible and agile Process for developing standards and technical and legal infrastructure to support it.

5. Tooling infrastructure for the creation of standards

[dws] It seems this question may be been ambiguous: what value do you assign to the current tooling, and what value is there in having the W3C work on and provide tooling? We took it as the latter, and think that good tooling is important and a core feature that the organization should provide.

6. A collaborative pre-standardization innovation community in Community Groups that leads to standardization.

7. An inclusive and open working environment that strives to make sure that all comments, concerns, and suggestions are heard, respected, and handled well.

8. Make sure that web standards have the widest possible sets of inputs.

9. A place where we interact with global experts that my organization would not normally interact with

10. Access to W3C's staff of technical experts. Please list specifics.

11. Early insight into new business opportunities for my organization.

12. An opportunity to make a contribution to the web infrastructure which is an important common good for society.

13. An opportunity to ensure that the web is open and royalty-free.

14. An opportunity to interact with one (or several) of the W3C Host institutions. Please specify which ones.

15. An opportunity to understand the broader business aspects through working with multiple stakeholders interested in different aspects of a common technology

16. An opportunity to address important technical problems related to key values of W3C, such as security, privacy, accessibility, and internationalization.

17. The spring AC meeting.

18. The fall TPAC

19. Other items of value. Please specify.

Potential sources of future value

W3C has no specific plans at the moment to take on new roles. However, as long as we are having a Member value survey, it seems timely to ask about other areas that might increase value over time.

For each of these areas - rate on a scale of -1 to 3 (as above) whether your organization would value W3C increasing its efforts in this area.

20. Hosting meetings between executives in your industry.

21. Holding web developer conferences.

22. Increasing participation of web developers and designers, such as by having more Invited Experts.

23. More effort by the Team to facilitate your company's success in web standards.

[dws] It seems this question was ambiguous: success in engaging in web standardization, or success in adopting and deploying web standards? We read it as the latter, since the former is usually called standardization.

24. Developer training and certification programs

25. Technical certification programs (compliance with specs)

26. More developer tooling (for example, validators).

27. Two TPACs per year.

28. Programs that encourage adoption of W3C Standards (such as more outreach to developers that exploit new APIs).

29. Hosting implementations of standards

30. Other items of potential value. Please specify.