News Release: W3C to Launch Mainland China Office in April

Today, W3C announces the launch later this month of its newest office in 
Mainland China. The opening of the W3C Mainland China Office marks the 
beginning of significant efforts to encourage the participation of 
industrial and research interests in Mainland China in W3C 
standardization efforts. For more information, please contact Janet 
Daly, +1 617 253 5884 <> or the W3C Communications Team 
representative in your region.


World Wide Web Consortium Launches Office in Mainland China

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

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W3C China Office Event Program:

About W3C Offices: -- 4 April 2006 -- The World Wide Web Consortium 
(W3C) announces the launch of its China Office on 27 April 2006. W3C, 
through its newest Office, invites experts in China to join the 
international project of developing Web standards at W3C. The Office is 
based at the Advanced Computing Technologies, School of Computer Science 
& Engineering of Beihang University in Beijing, China.

An opening ceremony will mark the start of two days of presentations and 
panels (27-28 April 2006 at the Ruxin Conference Center of Beihang 
University in Beijing). Among those attending the opening ceremony are 
Dr. Steve Bratt, CEO of W3C, and representatives of leading industries 
and research institutes in China. Representatives from Chinese industry 
and academia will speak and the W3C staff will present work on the W3C 
Mobile Web Initiative, the Internationalization Activity, the Rich Web 
Client Activity, the Semantic Web Activity, and the Voice Browser 
Activity. The list of speakers at the event include:

     * Kazuyuki Ashimura, Team Contact for the Voice Browser Working Group
     * Dr. Steve Bratt, W3C Chief Executive Officer
     * Dr. Marie-Claire Forgue, Head of W3C European Communications
     * Dr. Ivan Herman, W3C Head of Offices
     * Prof. Jinpeng Huai, Manager of the W3C China Office
     * Richard Ishida, Internationalization Activity Lead
     * Dean Jackson, Rich Web Client Activity Lead
     * Prof. Vincent Shen, Manager of the W3C Hong Kong Office
     * Prof Zhongzhi Shi, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese 
Academy of Sciences
     * Dr. Xu Want, CEO of Capinfo Company Limited

Chinaís IT Industry Exhibiting Significant Growth

In recent years, China has been experiencing significant growth in the 
information technology (IT) industry at close to 20% yearly. Chinaís IT 
industry is attracting both domestic and foreign customers, which led to 
the founding of several renowned IT enterprises: Lenovo, Langchao, 
UFIDA, Baidu, etc. The opening of Chinaís markets encourages more 
multinational corporations to set up local subsidiaries. China is 
developing technologies in Web services, Grid computing, e-commerce, 
e-government, CRM, networking, telecommunications, mobile Internet and 
mobile Web, robotics, embedded software, etc. It holds tremendous 
promise as an IT leader in Asia.

With demands from both internal and international markets, it is 
important that the Web industry in China use international standards, 
and actively participate in developing them. Feedback on issues like 
internationalization and mobile Web usage in this enormous market need 
to be relayed back to international standardization work. To achieve its 
goal of the full potential for the Web, W3C needs Chinese expertise. By 
opening its Mainland China Office, W3C actively engages the Chinese 
industrial and academic communities in the development of international 
Web standards.

School of Computer Science & Engineering of Beihang University

Beihang University is a respected university in China with more than 50 
years' history. Beihang University has actively and intensively 
developed its international academic exchange and collaboration programs.

The School of Computer Science and Engineering of Beihang University 
ranks among the top computer science schools in China with more than 130 
full-time faculty members. The School hosts a national key laboratory, a 
key laboratory of the Ministry of Education, and two key laboratories of 
Beijing city. It received numerous national prizes, and has an extensive 
record of publishing in international journals. Its staff and students 
are participating in 138 external research projects with a total 
research funding in 2005 exceeding RMB150 million (around 15MÄ or 18M$).

Contact Americas, Australia --
     Janet Daly, <>, +1.617.253.5884 or +1.617.253.2613
Contact Europe, Africa and Middle East --
     Marie-Claire Forgue, <>, +33.492.38.75.94 or +33.676.86.33.41
Contact Asia --
     Yasuyuki Hirakawa <>, +81.466.49.1170

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. Including the new Office 
in Mainland China, W3C currently has 16 Offices in Australia, the 
Benelux countries, Mainland China, Germany and Austria, Finland, Greece, 
Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Morocco, Spain, Sweden, 
and the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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


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