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Dear W3C Public Newsletter Subscriber,

The 2015-01-12 version of the W3C Public Newsletter is online:

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Ian Jacobs, W3C Communications Team

W3C Advisory Committee Elects Technical Architecture Group

   9 January 2015 | Archive


   The W3C Advisory Committee has elected the following people to
   the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG): Travis Leithead
   (Microsoft), Mark Nottingham (Akamai), Alex Russell (Google),
   and Yan Zhu (Yahoo!). They join continuing participants Daniel
   Appelquist (Telefónica; co-Chair), David Herman (Mozilla
   Foundation), and Peter Linss (HP; co-Chair), as well as
   co-Chair Tim Berners-Lee. One seat remains to be appointed.


   W3C thanks those TAG participants whose terms end this month
   for their contributions: Jeni Tennison (ODI), Sergey
   Konstantinov (Yandex), Domenic Denicola (Google), and Yehuda
   Katz (jQuery Foundation).

   The mission of the TAG is to build consensus around principles
   of Web architecture and to interpret and clarify these
   principles when necessary, to resolve issues involving general
   Web architecture brought to the TAG, and to help coordinate
   cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside
   W3C. Learn more about the TAG.


Indexed Database API is a W3C Recommendation

   8 January 2015 | Archive


   The Web Applications Working Group has published a W3C
   Recommendation of "Indexed Database API." This document
   defines APIs for a database of records holding simple values
   and hierarchical objects. Each record consists of a key and
   some value. Moreover, the database maintains indexes over
   records it stores. An application developer directly uses an
   API to locate records either by their key or by using an index.
   A query language can be layered on this API. An indexed
   database can be implemented using a persistent B-tree data
   structure. Learn more about the Rich Web Client Activity.


Techniques for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Draft for

   8 January 2015 | Archive


   The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG
   WG) requests review of draft updates to Notes that accompany
   WCAG 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 (Public Review Draft) and
   Understanding WCAG 2.0 (Public Review Draft). Comments are
   welcome through 29 January 2015. (This is not an update to WCAG
   2.0, which is a stable document.) To learn more about the
   updates, see the Call for Review: WCAG 2.0 Techniques Draft
   Updates e-mail. Read about the Web Accessibility Initiative


DPUB IG Metadata Task Force Report Published as a Note

   8 January 2015 | Archive


   The Digital Publishing Interest Group has published a Group
   Note of "DPUB IG Metadata Task Force Report." The Metadata
   Task Force of the DPUB IG found, through extensive interviews
   with representatives of various sectors and roles within the
   publishing ecosystem, that there are numerous pain points for
   publishers with regard to metadata but that these pain points
   are largely not due to deficiencies in the Open Web Platform.
   Instead, there is a widespread lack of understanding or
   implementation of the technologies that the OWP already makes
   available for addressing most of the issues raised. However,
   some of the very technologies that are little used or
   understood in most sectors of publishing are widely used and
   understood in certain other sectors (e.g., scientific
   publishing, libraries). Priorities that have emerged are the
   need for better understanding of the importance of expressing
   identifiers as URIs; the need for much more widespread use of
   RDF and its various serializations throughout the publishing
   ecosystem; and the need to develop a truly interoperable,
   cross-sector specification for the conveyance of rights
   metadata (while remaining agnostic as to the sector-specific
   vocabularies for the expression of rights). This Note documents
   in detail the issues that were raised; provides examples of
   available RDF educational resources at various levels, from the
   very technical to non-technical and introductory; and lists
   important identifiers used in the publishing ecosystem,
   documenting which of them are expressed as URIs, and in what
   sectors and contexts. It recommends that while little new
   technology is called for, the W3C is in a unique position to
   bridge today’s currently siloed metadata practices to help
   facilitate truly cross-sector exchange of interoperable
   metadata. This Note is thus intended to provide background and
   a context in which concrete work, whether by this Task Force or
   elsewhere within the W3C, may be undertaken. Learn more about
   the Digital Publishing Activity.


CSV on the Web: Metadata Vocabulary for Tabular Data, and Their
Conversion to JSON and RDF

   8 January 2015 | Archive


   The CSV on the Web Working Group has published First Public
   Working Drafts of the "Generating JSON from Tabular Data on the
   Web" and the "Generating RDF from Tabular Data on the Web"
   documents, and has also issued new releases of the "Metadata
   Vocabulary for Tabular Data" and the "Model for Tabular Data
   and Metadata on the Web" Working Drafts. A large percentage of
   the data published on the Web is tabular data, commonly
   published as comma separated values (CSV) files. Validation,
   conversion, display, and search of that tabular data requires
   additional information on that data. The “Metadata vocabulary”
   document defines a vocabulary for metadata that annotates
   tabular data, providing such information as datatypes, linkage
   among different tables, license information, or human readable
   description of columns. The standard conversion of the tabular
   data to JSON and/or RDF makes use of that metadata to provide
   representations of the data for various applications. All these
   technologies rely on a basic data model for tabular data
   described in the “Model” document. The Working Group welcomes
   comments on these documents and on their motivating "use cases"
   . Learn more about the Data Activity.


W3C and OGC to Collaborate to Integrate Spatial Data on the Web

   6 January 2015 | Archive


   The W3C and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced
   today a new collaboration to improve interoperability and
   integration of spatial data on the Web. Spatial data is
   integral to many of our human endeavors and so there is a high
   value in making it easier to integrate that data into Web based
   datasets and services.


   The new Spatial Data on the Web Working Group will work in
   close collaboration with the Open Geospatial Consortium, in
   particular, the eponymous OCG’s Spatial Data on the Web Working
   Group . “Location, as well as providing context to much of
   today’s online information, is vital to the emerging field of
   connected devices,” said Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist at
   Google. “Through this collaboration we hope to make the
   understanding of geospatial knowledge a fundamental component
   of the Web.”


   This work follows the March 2014 Workshop on Linking Geospatial
   Data and is supported in part at W3C by the SmartOpenData


   Read the press release and learn more about the W3C Data


   More news: http://www.w3.org/blog/news/


     * 2015-04-29 (29 APR)
       Eighth MultilingualWeb Workshop: Data, content and services
       for the Multilingual Web
       Riga, Latvia
       In this workshop we wish to consider a wide spectrum of
       issues, ranging from blogs and social networking sites, to
       localization of large corporate or organizational
       enterprises. We are particularly interested in speakers who
       can identify gaps in standards and best practices related
       to the mutilingual Web, and propose opportunities for
       addressing those.

W3C Blog

     * 2014 in figures
       12 January 2015 by Daniel Davis
     * Last week: W3C and OGC to work on Spatial Data on the Web,
       WAI Tutorials, W3Training, etc.
       9 January 2015 by Coralie Mercier

Upcoming Talks

     * 2015-01-20 (20 JAN)
       Putting data at the heart of the Open Web Platform
       keynote by Phil Archer
       Academic Publishing in Europe
       Berlin, Germany
     * 2015-01-22 (22 JAN)
       Introduction to WebRTC
       by Dominique Hazaël-Massieux
       WebRTC Info day
       Sophia-Antipolis, France
     * 2015-01-22 (22 JAN)
       Easy Checks for Web Accessibility - Get the Gist (No
       Experience Needed)
       by Shawn Henry
       Seattle, WA, USA
     * 2015-01-22 (22 JAN)
       Accessibility for the Win: Orchestrating Organizational
       keynote by Shawn Henry
       Seattle, WA, USA

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