News Release: World Wide Web Consortium Launches Hungarian Office

W3C Launches its thirteenth Office in Hungary, its first post in Central 
Europe. For more information, please contact Janet Daly, +1 617 253 
5884, or

World Wide Web Consortium Launches Hungarian Office
W3C strengthens presence in Central Europe through Hungarian outreach

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Saeko Takeuchi, <>, +81.466.49.1170 -- 24 September 2002 -- The World Wide Web Consortium
(W3C) launches its Hungarian Office, based at the Computer and
Automation Research Institute (SZTAKI) of the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences (MTA) in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Daniel Dardailler, W3C Deputy
Director for Europe, a representative of the Ministry of Informatics and
Communications, and Dr. Péter Inzelt, Director of MTA SZTAKI are among
those attending today's opening ceremonies at the MTA, in Budapest.

The Hungarian Office is the first office in Central Europe, joining an
active roster which includes a number of European Offices of W3C as well
as the W3C European host site at INRIA in France.

The opening ceremony is a public event, with presentations and tutorials
from the W3C Team, including:

      * Dr. Daniel Dardailler, W3C Deputy Director for Europe:
	"Overview of W3C's Operation"
      * Dr. Marie-Claire Forgue, European Communications Officer of W3C:
	 "W3C Process for Issuing W3C Recommendations"
      * Dr. Ivan Herman, Head of Offices at W3C:
	"Introduction to the Semantic Web"
      * Dr. Vincent Quint, W3C Documents Format Domain leader:
	"Device Independence and Multimodal Access to the Web"
      * Dr. Max Froumentin, Math Activity Lead and XSL Working Group
	Team Contact: "XML Technologies in Action"
      * Dr. László Kovács, Head of W3C Hungarian Office and
	Head of the Department of Distributed Systems of MTA SZTAKI: 	
	"Projects about the Web"

Hungary's Internet Presence, Industry is Growing

Hungarian economy shows the most dynamic and attractive growth in the
region, especially with respect to information technology and
telecommunication. Multinational companies increasingly establish their
research and development centers in Hungary. This is accompanied by a
strong local IT industry, and a multitude of SMEs (Small and Medium
sized Enterprises), which is arguably the most exciting development of
contemporary Hungarian economy. As a result, Budapest is currently
growing into a major IT center and significant market in Central Europe.

The Hungarian Government recognized the significance of the Internet
relatively early. In 1987, in cooperation with the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences, it launched the first program to establish an information
infrastructure for the entire Hungarian R&D and academic community. In
doing so, Hungary was at the forefront of the development in the entire
region. Today, Web adoption in Hungary is strong. Exciting new
developments, Web applications, services are born every day, bearing
witness of a top-level local development community. For these reasons
and others, Hungary is an ideal site for a new W3C Office.

SZTAKI to Provide W3C Connection and Outreach in Hungary

As a vendor-neutral, active Member of W3C, MTA SZTAKI matches the
requirements of a W3C Office. It is a state owned research Institute in
the field of information technology and networking. MTA SZTAKI is a
member of W3C since 1995, so it is already familiar with the structure
and the activities of W3C.

SZTAKI has well-established co-operations with leading institutions and
firms covering different areas of Information Technology, Computer
Science and Control. The Institute maintains more than 100 contracts
yearly with industrial, governmental, and other partners, including
joint projects with European Union funding. Several successful digital
artistic projects were carried out using different World Wide Web
technologies, shown in national and international exhibitions for
digital art.

W3C looks forward to a long-term partnership with SZTAKI, leading to a
stronger Hungarian voice within W3C and a greater awareness in Hungary
of W3C's Activities. Dr. László Kovács of SZTAKI serves as the Manager
of the W3C Office in Hungary; Éva Megyaszai serves as the Coordinator of
the Office.

About W3C Offices

As part of realizing the full potential of the Web, W3C partners with
regional organizations wishing to further W3C's mission. The W3C Offices
assist with promotion efforts in local languages, help broaden W3C's
geographical base, and encourage international participation in W3C
Activities. W3C currently has Offices in Australia; the Benelux
Countries; Germany and Austria; Greece; Hong Kong; Hungary; Israel;
Italy; Korea; Morocco; Sweden; and the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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 Laboratory for Computer Science (MIT LCS) in the USA, the
National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA)
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, over 450 organizations
are Members of the Consortium. For more information see

Received on Tuesday, 24 September 2002 11:03:25 UTC