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The W3O

Postby mellie » Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:17 pm

What do you know about it?



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http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Member/List <------ Just to get you started.
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Re: The W3O

Postby Bart » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:28 pm

From the link
"The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential. Contact W3C for more information."
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Re: The W3O

Postby Bart » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:28 pm

Their mission:
"The W3C mission is to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure the long-term growth of the Web. Below we discuss important aspects of this mission, all of which further W3C's vision of One Web.
Principles

The following principles guide W3C's work.
Web for All

The social value of the Web is that it enables human communication, commerce, and opportunities to share knowledge. One of W3C's primary goals is to make these benefits available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability. Learn more about:

Web Accessibility Initiative
Internationalization
Mobile Web for Social Development

Web on Everything

The number of different kinds of devices that can access the Web has grown immensely. Mobile phones, smart phones, personal digital assistants, interactive television systems, voice response systems, kiosks and even certain domestic appliances can all access the Web. Learn more about:

Web of Devices
Mobile Web Initiative
Browsers and Other Agents

Vision

W3C's vision for the Web involves participation, sharing knowledge, and thereby building trust on a global scale.
Web for Rich Interaction

The Web was invented as a communications tool intended to allow anyone, anywhere to share information. For many years, the Web was a "read-only" tool for many. Blogs and wikis brought more authors to the Web, and social networking emerged from the flourishing market for content and personalized Web experiences. W3C standards have supported this evolution thanks to strong architecture and design principles. Learn more about:

Web Design and Applications
Web Architecture

Web of Data and Services

Some people view the Web as a giant repository of linked data while others as a giant set of services that exchange messages. The two views are complementary, and which to use often depends on the application. Learn more about:

Essential XML Technologies
Semantic Web
Web of Services

Web of Trust

The Web has transformed the way we communicate with each other. In doing so, it has also modified the nature of our social relationships. People now "meet on the Web" and carry out commercial and personal relationships, in some cases without ever meeting in person. W3C recognizes that trust is a social phenomenon, but technology design can foster trust and confidence. As more activity moves on-line, it will become even more important to support complex interactions among parties around the globe. Learn more about:

Semantic Web
XML Security, Web of Services Security
Privacy "
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Re: The W3O

Postby Bart » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:29 pm

Facts on W3
"The World Wide Web Consortium achieves its mission by bringing diverse stake-holders together, under a clear and effective consensus-based process to develop high-quality standards based on contributions from the W3C Members, staff, and the community at large.
People of W3C

W3C Team

W3C is led by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, and Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C CEO. They are supported by a staff of technical experts who help coordinate technology development and manage the operations of the Consortium.

W3C Members and invited experts from the public provide energy to the groups that write W3C's Web standards.

The broader Web community also plays an important role in reviewing and providing input on specifications; there are many ways to participate in W3C even as an individual.
Organizational Structure

W3C does not have a typical organizational structure, nor is it incorporated. There are at least two ways to think about how W3C is organized:

in administrative terms
in process terms

In administrative terms: W3C is administered via a joint agreement among three "Host Institutions" ( MIT , ERCIM , and Keio University). The W3C staff (many of whom work physically at one of these institutions) is led by a Director and CEO. A small management team is responsible for resource allocation and strategic planning on behalf of the staff. Regional offices play an important role in W3C being an international organization.

In process terms: the W3C Process Document, Member Agreement, Patent Policy, and a few others documents establish the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in the making of W3C standards. Some key components of the organization are:

the Advisory Committee, composed of one representative from each W3C Member. The Advisory Committee has a number of review roles in the W3C Process, and they elect the Advisory Board and TAG.
the Advisory Board, an advisory body elected by the Advisory Committee
the Technical Architecture Group (TAG), which primarily seeks to document Web Architecture principles
the W3C Director and CEO, who assess consensus for W3C-wide decisions
the chartered groups, populated by Member representatives and invited experts, and which produce most of W3C's deliverables according to the steps of the W3C Process.

Revenue Model

W3C sources of revenue include:

W3C Member dues
Research grants and other sources of private and public funding
Individual donations of money and equipment through the W3C Supporters Program and the Validator Donation Program

International Participation

Organizations located all over the world and involved in many different fields join W3C to participate in a vendor-neutral forum for the creation of Web standards. W3C Members and a dedicated full-time staff of technical experts have earned W3C international recognition for its contributions to the Web. W3C's global efforts includes:

liaisons with national, regional and international organizations around the globe. These contacts help W3C maintain a culture of global participation in the development of the World Wide Web. W3C coordinates particularly closely with other organizations that are developing standards for the Web or Internet in order to enable clear progress.
The Offices Program, which promotes adoption of W3C recommendations among developers, application builders, and standards setters, and encourage inclusions of stakeholder organizations in the creation of future standards by joining W3C.
translations of Web standards and other materials from dedicated volunteers in the W3C community. W3C also has a policy for authorized translations of W3C materials. Authorized W3C Translations can be used for official purposes in languages other than English.
talks around the world in a variety of languages on Web standards by people closely involved in the creation of the standards.
W3C's Internationalization Activity helps ensure that the Web is available to people.

Process

Most W3C work revolves around the standardization of Web technologies. To accomplish this work, W3C follows processes that promote the development of high-quality standards based on community consensus; an introduction to the W3C Process gives a sense of how W3C gets work done. All stakeholders can have a voice in the development of W3C standards, including Members large and small, as well as the public. W3C processes promote fairness, responsiveness, and progress: all facets of the W3C mission.

In August 2011, W3C created Community and Business Groups with a lighter-weight process to promote innovation.

See also W3C legal and policy information.
Patent Policy

In February 2004, W3C adopted a Patent Policy for Working Groups to enable continued innovation and widespread adoption of Web standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium. The W3C Patent Policy is designed to:

Facilitate the development of W3C Recommendations by W3C Working Groups;
Promote the widespread implementation of those Recommendations on a Royalty-Free (RF) basis;
Address issues related to patents that arise during and after the development of a Recommendation.

In August 2011, W3C adopted a Community Contributor License Agreement with Royalty-Free patent licensing terms and permissive copyright for W3C Community and Business Groups. See also the Final Specification Agreement, which further increases patent protection around Community and Business Group Specifications.

More resources

Patent Policy FAQ
Fact Sheet (who has made commitments for the standards created under the policy)
Policy Summary
Business Benefits

History

In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (see the original proposal). He coined the term "World Wide Web," wrote the first World Wide Web server, "httpd," and the first client program (a browser and editor), "WorldWideWeb," in October 1990. He wrote the first version of the "HyperText Markup Language" (HTML), the document formatting language with the capability for hypertext links that became the primary publishing format for the Web. His initial specifications for URIs, HTTP, and HTML were refined and discussed in larger circles as Web technology spread.

Some of the individuals involved in the creation of the Web and of W3C recount key events at the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of W3C
W3C10 panel recounts early Web history.

In October 1994, Tim Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Laboratory for Computer Science [MIT/LCS] in collaboration with CERN, where the Web originated (see information on the original CERN Server), with support from DARPA and the European Commission. In April 1995, INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique) became the first European W3C host, followed by Keio University of Japan (Shonan Fujisawa Campus) in Asia in 1996. In 2003, ERCIM (European Research Consortium in Informatics and Mathematics) took over the role of European W3C Host from INRIA."
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Re: The W3O

Postby Bart » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:31 pm

Don't think that it's a 1984 issue (hope not), as it looks much more like developing consistant & acceptable protocls to build towards a better internet experience.
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Re: The W3O

Postby mellie » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:34 pm

Bart wrote:Don't think that it's a 1984 issue (hope not), as it looks much more like developing consistant & acceptable protocls to build towards a better internet experience.




Um, 8-) ... duckduckgo.com
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Re: The W3O

Postby Bart » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:42 pm

Well,
the w30 was an american nuclear warhead used on the RIM-8 Talos surface to air missile and the Tactical Atomic Demolition Munition.
Good stuff :thumb
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Re: The W3O

Postby Bart » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:44 pm

but...


what's the point :b :b :b
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Re: The W3O

Postby mellie » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:14 pm

Well the founders sentiments here sound a little 1987--- for want of a better word to describe....
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11309902

His comments about the value of universal access to communications and the web echo those of the head of the International Telecommunications Union, the UN body that oversees telecoms.
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Re: The W3O

Postby mellie » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:38 pm

Examine their list of partners...


http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Member/List


http://www.w3.org/2004/09/StatImages/categories.html

W3C Members Around the World

The content of the pie chart is:

United States (37.0%): 163
United Kingdom (8.6%): 38
Japan (7.0%): 31
Germany (6.4%): 28
Spain (5.2%): 23
Italy (3.6%): 16
India (3.4%): 15
France (2.7%): 12
Netherlands (2.3%): 10
Ireland (2.0%): 9
Korea (2.0%): 9
China (1.6%): 7
Sweden (1.6%): 7
Switzerland (1.6%): 7
Greece (1.6%): 7
Canada (1.4%): 6
Australia (1.4%): 6
Belgium (1.1%): 5
Finland (1.1%): 5
Other (8.2%): 36
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