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Re: Next Topic Heads Up!

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 09:02:42 +0100
Message-ID: <50A4A1A2.2020405@w3.org>
To: simon.harper@manchester.ac.uk
CC: RDWG <public-wai-rd@w3.org>
Hi Simon, all,

Great to see this queue of suggested upcoming topics!

Before we can make final decisions on these, there are a number of 
things to consider:

- Each symposium still has lots of administrative overhead for me and it 
is unmanageable to have this number of events in such close period 
(February, April, June) without us putting effort on streamlining the 
process first -- there is lots to debrief on and improve;

- We also need to continue the discussion on "criteria" for selecting 
topics -- we need more assessment as to why we select any particular 
topic, for example a brief analysis on the current need for it and on 
the expected impact or contribution of a symposium;

- Each proposed symposium topic needs to have a clear description that 
addresses the criteria above so that we can make informed decisions 
within the group and so that we can bring more mature suggestions to the 
WAI Coordination Group (CG) and relevant W3C Working Groups;

We should also not lose focus on the Research Reports that need to be 
developed from these symposia. Currently we are having a 1-year cycle 
for our first such report and we need to reduce this lag somehow.

We also need to continue working on the "catalog of research topics" and 
to develop "Tips for Accessibility-Aware Research" as per our Charter 
[1]. As you know, symposia is only one part of our Charter.

[1] <http://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/charter3#deliverables>


On 14.11.2012 18:48, Simon Harper wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> as we discussed today at the meeting we have 3 groups of editors willing
> and able to get things moving on three new topics. Instead of waiting we
> decided to schedule these while we have the interest.
> So the plan is to run a symposium on 'User Modelling' headed up by Yehya
> and Christos mid February.
> Another on Accessible Diagrams/Smart Images headed up by Markku mid April.
> And a third on Accreditation Methods headed up by Vivienne and Justin
> mid June.
> I wonder what people think about these suggestions?
> Further, I think we should get Matt Huenerfauth to run Klaus' "Sign
> Language on the Web" Mid September (if Possible)...
> I wonder what you think about this too?
> Cheers

Shadi Abou-Zahra - http://www.w3.org/People/shadi/
Activity Lead, W3C/WAI International Program Office
Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG)
Research and Development Working Group (RDWG)
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