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  • 29 October 2003 15:04

World Wide Web Consortium Announces W3C Day Japan 2003

Building on a series of international outreach events, W3C announces W3C Day Japan 2003 to be held on 14 November 2003 in Tokyo. The full program includes a presentation of the Semantic Web by W3C Director and Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee. For more information, please contact Janet Daly, W3C Head of Communications or the W3C Communications Team representative nearest you.


World Wide Web Consortium Announces W3C Day Japan 2003 W3C to Present Recent Advances in Web Standards to Tokyo Audience

Contact Americas, Australia — Janet Daly, , +1.617.253.5884 or +1.617.253.2613

Contact Europe, Africa, Middle-East — Marie-Claire Forgue, , +33.492.38.75.94

Contact Asia — Yasuyuki Hirakawa , +81.466.49.1170

On the Web: — 29 October 2003 — The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is holding its second major public event in Japan on 14 November 2003. W3C Day Japan 2003 is a daylong public conference held on the Mita Campus of Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, where W3C representatives plan to present current Web technologies standardized by W3C.

The conference is co-organized by Keio Research Institute at Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC) as a pre-event of SFC Open Research Forum (ORF) 2003. The SFC ORF is an annual event where SFC's research results are presented to the public.

W3C Day Japan Presents Broad Technical Topics, Encourages Discussion

The W3C Day Japan program features six technical topic areas which W3C develops and promotes — the Extensible Markup Language, known as XML; Web services; XML-based interactive technologies; device independence; Web accessibility; and the Semantic Web. All presentations are to have Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation.

Dr. Tatsuya Hagino, W3C Deputy Director for Asia, acts as conference chair. The conference program is as follows:

* Dr. Nobuo Saito, W3C Associate Chairman for Asia: "Welcome to W3C Day Japan 2003" * Dr.Steven R. Bratt, W3C COO: "W3C: Laying the Foundation for the Next Generation of the Web" * Mr. Philippe Le Hégaret, W3C Architecture Domain Leader: "Web Services: SOAP, WSDL and Choreography" and "Integration of XML Technologies" * Mr. Masayasu Ishikawa, W3C HTML Activity Lead: "Interactive Web" * Prof. Kazuhiro Kitagawa, W3C Device Independence Activity Lead, and Dr. Dave Raggett, W3C Voice Browser and Multimodal Interaction Activity Lead visited from Canon as a W3C Fellow: "Device Independent Cool Web Interaction" * Ms. Shawn Lawton Henry, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Outreach Coordinator, and Ms. Wendy Chisholm, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Team: "WAI: Opportunities for International Web Accessibility Guidelines" * Dr. Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director: "Semantic Web: Concepts and States" * Mr. Eric Prud'hommeaux, W3C Technology & Society Team: "RDF Application Overview"

Following the formal presentations there is an open question and answer session, where conference participants are invited to ask questions and participate in discussions with the presenters. An informal reception after the conference provides attendees with valuable opportunities to meet individually with W3C technical staff.

Berners-Lee Delivers Presentation on Semantic Web

Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and Web inventor, is giving a presentation on the Semantic Web. In 2002, Mr. Berners-Lee was named as recipient of the 18th Japan Prize for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering.

W3C Day Japan is one of two Asian outreach events occurring in the same week. The other event, the China International Forum on WWW's Development 2003, is scheduled for 12-13 November.

W3C Day Japan Registration Remains Open until 7 November

W3C welcomes participation in the conference. W3C Day Japan 2003 requires registration for participants. Registration options are available for both general public and the press. More information is available on the W3C Day Japan 2003 home page.

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The W3C was created to lead the Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. It is an international industry consortium 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. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users, and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. To date, nearly 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium. For more information see


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