NEWSLETTER W3C Kantoor Benelux - Bureau W3C Bénélux - Benelux W3C Office

May - mai - mei 2007

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Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit, 11-13 June

2007-06-01: W3C is pleased to participate as a partner in the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit to be held 11-13 June in Nashville, TN, USA. Steve Bratt, W3C CEO, will speak on increasing interoperability through Web standards at 16:30-17:30 on 12 June, and W3C will participate in the summit Standards Corner running throughout show floor hours. A W3C Members-only discount is available. The conference features 6 tracks and over 60 sessions on SOA, Web services, application development and integration. Read about W3C Member benefits and more about Web services.

W3C Talks in June

2007-05-31: Browse W3C presentations and events also available as an RSS channel.

EXI Performance Testing Framework Available for Download

2007-05-30: The Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) Working Group testing framework for evaluating properties of alternate XML formats is now available for download. It can be used to measure processing efficiency and compactness, and includes support for in-memory and network testing. The download includes over 100 documents ranging from a few bytes to several megabytes and covering over 20 different schemas, taken from the over ten thousand samples used by the Working Group for their own measurements. Results and analysis from this framework for eight candidate binary XML formats are to be published by the EXI Working Group in July. Visit the XML home page.

Web Services Description Language (WSDL) 2.0 Is a Proposed Recommendation

2007-05-23: W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of the Web Services Description Language (WSDL) Version 2.0 to Proposed Recommendation in three parts: Part 0: Primer, Part 1: Core Language and Part 2: Adjuncts. Comments are welcome through 20 June. WSDL models and describes modular Web services and is used to document distributed systems and to automate communication between applications. WSDL Additional MEPs, RDF Mapping and SOAP 1.1 Binding are updated Working Drafts. Read about Web services.

Workshop on Mobile Ajax: Call for Participation

2007-05-23: Position papers are due 15 August for the Workshop on Mobile Ajax co-sponsored by W3C and the OpenAjax Alliance to be held 28 September in the San Francisco Bay area, USA. Attendees will explore use cases for mobile Ajax to help shape its use in mobile Web browsers. Topics might include user experience, application development, support in today's devices and browsers, and whether needs exist for standardization and best practices. The Workshop is free and open to all but position papers are required. Read about the Mobile Web Initiative and about W3C Workshops.

XML Protocol Working Group Renewed

2007-05-17: W3C is pleased to announce the relaunch of the XML Protocol Working Group. Chris Ferris (IBM) chairs the group which is chartered to to maintain and develop as needed the SOAP Version 1.2, XML-binary Optimized Packaging (XOP), SOAP Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism (MTOM) W3C Recommendations. W3C Members may use this form to join the Working Group. Read about Web services.

Unicode in XML and other Markup Languages Published

2007-05-16: W3C is pleased to announce the publication of Unicode in XML and other Markup Languages as a Unicode Technical Report and a W3C Note. Major changes since the previous version encompass the alignment with Unicode 5.0 and the discussion of white space handling. The guidelines are published jointly by the Unicode Technical Committee and the W3C Internationalization Core Working Group. Visit the W3C Internationalization home page.

Health Care, Life Sciences and the Semantic Web: Publication

2007-05-16: The Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG) has reached a significant milestone with their publication of the article "Advancing Translational Research with the Semantic Web." This joint work of the Interest Group was published in BMC Bioinformatics, a peer-reviewed open access journal that plays a central role in the bioinformatics community. The authors illustrate the value of Semantic Web technologies to neuroscience researchers and biomedicine and report on several projects by members of the Interest Group. Read about the Semantic Web.

W3C and WSRI Workshop to Explore Transparency in eGovernment

2007-05-15: Toward More Transparent Government: Workshop on eGovernment and the Web will be held 18-19 June in Washington, D.C., USA, at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Attendees, invited speakers and panelists will discuss how the Web works for citizens and governments and how it can best achieve their goals. Co-sponsored by W3C and the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), the Workshop is free and open to all but registration is required. The deadline was extended to 22 May for position papers which are strongly encouraged. Read the press release, the report of the first W3C eGovernment symposium, and about Workshops.

W3C Opens Southern Africa Office

Pretoria2007-05-14: W3C is pleased to announce the opening of the W3C Southern Africa Office. The Office is hosted at the Meraka Institute, a unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa. Quentin Williams is Office Manager. Daniel Dardailler and Stephane Boyera are among those who attended the opening ceremonies on 14 May. Visit the Offices home page.

RDF Access to Relational Databases: Advance Notice of Workshop

2007-05-14: W3C plans a Workshop on RDF Access to Relational Databases on 25-26 October in Cambridge, MA, USA, hosted by Novartis. Workshop attendees from the Semantic Web and relational database communities will examine commonalities, distinctions and next steps for expressing relational data in RDF. A Call for Participation is expected in late May or June. Read about W3C Workshops.

W3C Names Technology and Society Domain Leader, Policy Director

2007-05-04: W3C has named Ralph Swick Technology and Society Domain Leader and Daniel J. Weitzner to the new position Technology and Society Policy Director. Ralph, who was Technology and Society Technical Director since 1997, will oversee the T&S Activities, currently Privacy, Security, and Semantic Web. Danny will lead W3C public policy strategy efforts, continue to co-chair the Patents and Standards Interest Group, and direct and perform outside research, funded through grants to MIT's DIG and the WSRI. Read about T&S, W3C's work at the intersection of Web technology and public policy, and about W3C.

GRDDL Advances to W3C Candidate Recommendation

2007-05-03:W3C is pleased to announce the advancement of GRDDL to Candidate Recommendation and the publication of GRDDL Test Cases as a Last Call Working Draft. Implementation feedback and comments are welcome through 31 May. Linking microformats to the Semantic Web, the GRDDL mechanism is used to extract RDF statements from XHTML and XML content using programs such as XSLT. Read about the Semantic Web.

SVG Tiny 1.2 Test Fest

2007-05-02:The SVG Working Group will hold a test fest on the first day of its face to face meeting in Zurich, Switzerland on 5 June. The beta SVG Tiny 1.2 test suite will be run against available SVG Tiny 1.2 implementations to create an initial implementation report. Implementors are invited to attend or to send their implementations in for testing. For further details please mail the SVG Working Group. Visit the SVG home page.