W3C public meeting on October 23 in Melbourne

Liddy Nevile liddy@rmit.edu.au
Thu, 3 Oct 1996 17:59:51 +1000


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 W3C in Australia
                 Who?  What?  Why?

See        http://www.w3.org/    &      www.srl.rmit.edu.au/w3c/

Who sets the standards, determines how 'our' web develops?

What is W3C and how do we benefit/pay for it?  Whose interests are
represented  by W3C?  Can we play a part?  Join the hundreds of companies
and organisations working together to develop 'their' www.

So far, US and European interests have dominated this work which has been
done in the US and Europe.  Australian interests can now benefit from the
current activities and generate more around Internet content and public
policy.

Australians supported the Olympic bid.  Now there is a bid for a W3C office
in Australia.

If you are involved in Internet, or will be soon, come to the meeting on
October 23 and find out how you can participate immediately and in the
longer term.   There will be 'a fast inroduction' for senior ecexutives,
followed by more detailed interactions with W3C Executives from MIT in the
US.

Register now!

About W3C - briefly ....

The World Wide Web Consortium is a unique international collaboration
between research organizations, whose goal is to guide and accelerate the
evolution of the World Wide Web.  Directed by Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of
the Web), with a full time staff of about 35, the Consortium works with
member companies to refine and revise the technical specifications of the
Web (URLs, HTTP, HTML) as well as to create pre-competitive joint projects
that extend the application of the Web into new domains (content labels via
PICS, electronic commerce via JEPI, security via the Digital Signature
Initiative).

W3C is only just over one year old.  Already it has changed many aspects of
the WWW by collaboratively developing standards which support the needs of
users. Personal and commercial security, systems for controlling what is
delivered to one's screen, technical specifications for browsers and
servers are only a few of the developments.

Large and small organisations join the consortium and participate in
decision-making, early access to new standards and their implementations.
Australians and their Asia-Pacific neighbours need to have their own office
so they can consort about local concerns for representation in the
international forum and so some research and development can be done in
this region.

If you are interested in the future of the WWW, yourself or your
organisation, you should attend the Symposium on Wednesday 23 October 1996.

Note the fast tracks for senior executives (morning or afternoon) and full
day options for others.
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                              Program for Symposium
23 October 1996 in the Main Auditorium at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre

8.30 am Coffee and registration
9.15am  Opening - Tim Berners-Lee - founder of the WWW
with Jim Miller (Technology and Society, W3C) and Philip DesAutels (Digital
Signature W3C). Tim will be present via satellite link.

9.30am  What is W3C?
Jim Miller and Philip DesAutels: how W3C functions; what has been done so
far, what is being done and how Australians can participate.

10.30am  Australia and W3C
A panel session in which experts from a number of fields interact with W3C
speakers about the relevance of this work to Australia, how it will develop
and a possible role for Australian research, development, industry and
governments.  Panellists will include: Tony Barry (ANU);  David Bargatello
(DSTC) ; Dr John O'Callaghan (DIT, CSIRO) and Roger Clarke (ANU).

11.30am Morning tea.

12 noon  Why you should invest in W3C
What do W3C investors get / give? What helps large & small organisations,
citizens, developers, education, cultural institutions and agencies,
creative artists?  The panel will interact with Jim miller and Philip
DesAutels about benefits & developments of concern to them.

1.15pm  'Over lunch session'  - a simple 'brown bag lunch' will be
distributed to participants.  This session will be interactive and
entertaining with: Jason Romney (Sydney Morning Herald), Charles Wright
(Fin.Review) and Dr Ilana Snyder (Monash).

2.00pm  W3C sponsored research and development in Australia
A panel session in which the role of W3C in supporting content and public
policty r&d in Australia will interact with W3C executives.  Panelists will
include: Eric Wainwright (NLA); Prof Don Schauder (Monash, State Library
(Vic) & VicNet); Dr Renato Iannelli (DSTC) and Carmel Grey (Logica).

3.30pm - 4.30pm (Optional open session.)  What Next?
W3C representatives will engage in open dialogue with participants who wish
to take advantage of this opportunity.

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Who should attend the Symposium?

decision-makers, creative artists, citizens, administrators, students,
promotional staff.

>From what fields?
publishing, banking, IT, commerce, education and training, legal and
financial operations, media, arts, .....

Concerns which lead to W3C activities are varied: commercial, personal,
social, governmental, international and more.  What can be done by the use
of standards to make participation in electronic commerce, education,
cultural activities, decision-making, social welfare more accessible and
more democratic?  What are the problems with such an approach?  How do we,
as citizens, get access to our property, collected and held on our behalf
by cultural institutions, state funded research bureaus, governments, etc.

See how you can have a say - as part of W3C.

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Please print, complete and return asap to

W3C Symposium, 
c/- Office of International Programs, 
RMIT, GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne 3001.

Please include cheque payable to RMIT.

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I will be attending for (please circle):

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and would like lunch                           yes  /    no

Note: there is no extra charge for lunch - it is available for everyone so
stay until after lunch or come before lunch!

Cost -       $75 for morning or afternoon                      $100 for
the full day.

For further details ...
please contact    E.O. for Interim Committee, 
ph 03-9660-3024


Liddy Nevile,
Visual Communications Department, RMIT, Melbourne
http://www.srl.rmit.edu.au/
ph 61 3 9660 3024