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News Release: World Wide Web Consortium Launches Office in Southern Africa

From: Janet Daly <janet@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 07:05:32 -0700
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W3C will open its newest office in Southern Africa on 14 May 2007.  
For more information, please contact Janet Daly, W3C Global  
Communications Officer, at  +1 617 253 5884 <janet@w3.org> or the W3C  
Communications Team Representative in your region.

World Wide Web Consortium Launches Office in Southern Africa

W3C Invites Technical Experts of a Rapidly Growing Economy to Join  
Web Standardization Activities

Web Resources
	This Press Release
		In English: http://www.w3.org/2007/03/saoffice-pr.html.en
		In French: http://www.w3.org/2007/03/saoffice-pr.html.fr

	Agenda for Southern Africa Office Event on 14 May

	Homepage of W3C Southern Africa Office

	W3C Ubiquitous Web Activity

	W3C Mobile Web Initiative

http://www.w3.org/ -- 24 April 2007 -- The World Wide Web Consortium  
(W3C) announces the launch of its Southern Africa Office and invites  
experts in the region to join the international effort of developing  
Web standards at W3C. The Office is hosted by the Meraka Institute, a  
center managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research  
(CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa.

W3C invites the public and press to attend the opening ceremony,  
which takes place on 14 May 2007. Representatives from the industry  
and academic leaders in Southern Africa will speak on the state of  
Information Communications and Technology (ICT) and the W3C staff  
will present recent work. The list of speakers at the event include:

     * Ms. Lyndall Shope-Mafole, Director General of the South  
African Government Department of Communications
     * Mr. Quentin Williams, Manager of the Southern Africa Office
     * Dr. Daniel Dardailler, W3C Associate Chairman
     * Mr. Stephane Boyera, W3C Team Contact for Ubiquitous Web  
Applications Activity and the Mobile Web Initiative

To register, visit the registration page or send an email containing  
your name, designation, company and contact details to Dikeledi Moche  
at +27 12 841 2110 <dmoche@csir.co.za> .

Southern Africa Experiencing Dramatic Growth in IT, Telecommunications

The Southern Africa Office serves the region defined as Southern  
Africa by the United Nations and the Southern African Customs Union.  
The countries include Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and  

South Africa ranks among the top 20 in the world in  
telecommunications development and Internet use. Given the  
substantial growth in Mobile and Internet use, there are a  
significant number of local companies that are seeking to establish a  
foothold in this region as well as the larger African continent. Most  
of them have realized that it is only through the use of innovative  
Web technologies that they will gain a substantial advantage and  
guarantee their continual growth. These are all areas closely  
associated with the work of the W3C.

The Meraka Institute Brings Regional Expertise in ICT to W3C

The Meraka Institute is the unit of the CSIR focusing on research and  
development within the Information and Communication Technology (ICT)  
domain. The CSIR is a government supported research council  
constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945. The Meraka Institute has  
partners in the private/public sector, with tertiary institutions and  
peer institutions internationally.

One area of Meraka focus is innovation in ICT, leading to  
applications that address development challenges facing Southern  
Africa, the Continent and the developing world. Projects such as the  
National Accessibility Portal (focussing on ICT for people with  
disabilities and the aged), Digital Doorway (Minimal Invasive  
Education), Wireless Africa (root-level community owned access), and  
ICT in Education have already made an invaluable impact on the ICT  
landscape of Southern Africa.

This focus, along with CSIR's established regional partnerships in  
industry and research, makes the Meraka Institute a natural choice  
for hosting the W3C Office.

About W3C Offices

As its Members work to realize the full potential of the Web, W3C  
collaborates with regional organizations wishing to further W3Cís  
mission. The W3C Offices assist with promotion efforts in local  
languages, help broaden W3Cís geographical base, and encourage  
international participation in W3C Activities. W3C has Offices in  
Australia; the Benelux countries; Mainland China; Germany and  
Austria; Finland; Greece; Hong Kong; Hungary; India; Israel; Italy;  
Korea; Morocco; Southern Africa; Spain; Sweden; and the United  
Kingdom and Ireland.

Contact Americas, Australia --
     Janet Daly, <janet@w3.org>, +1.617.253.5884 or +1.617.253.2613
Contact Europe, Africa and Middle East --
     Marie-Claire Forgue, <mcf@w3.org>, +33.492.38.75.94 or  
Contact Asia --
     Yasuyuki Hirakawa <chibao@w3.org>, +81.466.49.1170

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium  
where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work  
together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission  
through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to  
ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 400 organizations are  
Members of the Consortium. W3C is 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, Keio University in Japan, and has  
additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http:// 
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