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News Release: World Wide Web Consortium To Hold Ubiquitous Web Workshop

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Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 10:01:45 -0500 (EST)
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W3C announces an upcoming workshop in Tokyo, Japan, to explore the
synthesis of the Web and Ubiquitous Computing. Participants will discuss
and describe their visions, and determine what technical components need
to be developed.
 For more information, please contact Janet Daly <janet@w3.org> at +1 617
253 5884, or contact the W3C Communications Team representative in your

World Wide Web Consortium To Hold Ubiquitous Web Workshop
Participants to Explore the Synthesis of the Web and Ubiquitous Computing

Web Resources

  This press release
    in English: http://www.w3.org/2006/01/ubiweb-pressrelease.html.en
    in French: http://www.w3.org/2006/01/ubiweb-pressrelease.html.fr
    in Japanese: http://www.w3.org/2006/01/ubiweb-pressrelease.html.ja

  W3C Ubiquitous Web Workshop page:

http://www.w3.org/ -- 24 January 2006 - W3C is bringing together
representatives from industry and research organizations on 9-10 March in
Tokyo, Japan for a Workshop aimed at exploring the vision of the Web as a
distributed applications platform for use in offices, home networks, and
in mobile, automotive and other industries. Workshop attendees will
discuss the potential for increasing the range and reducing the cost of
developing and deploying such applications, how current W3C Activities fit
into the vision of the Ubiquitous Web, and help W3C to identify further
opportunities for standardization.

"The Web is about much more than browsing," says Dave Raggett, W3C Fellow
from Canon. "A lot of attention has been given to Web applications
recently, but there is so much more we could do to take advantage of the
diversity of networked devices and of the services they can provide when
used in combination."

What is the "Ubiquitous Web"?

Ubiquitous means something that is often encountered and seemingly present
everywhere. Ubiquitous computing, as described 15 years ago by Mark
Weiser, postulates a world where people are surrounded by computing
devices that are interconnected via networks, and which support us in
everything we do. Despite the success of the World Wide Web on the
desktop, we have only just begun to tap the potential provided by the
increasing range of devices in use.

The Ubiquitous Web seeks to broaden the capabilities of Web browsers to
enable new kinds of Web applications, particularly applications that
coordinate with other devices and adapt dynamically to the user, device
capabilities and environmental conditions. Applications will be able draw
upon network services to extend device capabilities. People will be able
to focus on what they are doing rather than on devices. Application
mobility will allow people to keep working or playing while seamlessly
switching from one device to another.

What technologies are needed for the Ubiquitous Web?

What makes the Web so effective for application developers is the ease
with which you can create applications using a combination of markup,
graphics, style sheets and scripts. The Ubiquitous Web will make it easy
to build distributed applications by presenting clean abstractions to Web
developers for accessing device capabilities and communication services.
Resource description and discovery will be key to creating Ubiquitous Web
applications. The use of URIs (Web addresses) for naming devices, services
and sessions will enable the use of rich metadata (the Semantic Web) for
resource discovery, and for acting across different networks and
leveraging the distributed nature of the World Wide Web.

Ubiquitous Web applications will be able to identify resources and manage
them within the context of temporary or persistent sessions. A more
flexible framework for sessions is needed than today's workarounds based
on cookies and on embedding session information in URIs. Resources can be
remote, such as a network printer and projector, or local, such as the
device's estimated battery life, network signal strength, and audio volume
level. Resources are not limited to hardware and can also be services,
such as speech recognition, natural language translation, and
identification of a device's geographical location.

W3C Moves Forward With Ubiquitous Web Workshop

The Workshop is being held by W3C on 9-10 March in Tokyo, Japan, and will
be co-chaired by Professor Larry Rudolph, MIT Computer Science and
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Professor Hideyuki Tokuda, Faculty
of Environmental Information at Keio University, both of whom have
extensive experience in ubiquitous computing.

The Workshop is expected to result in the following deliverables:

    * Use Cases and Potential Requirements
    * Candidate Technologies
    * Workshop position papers
    * Workshop presentations
    * Workshop minutes
    * Recommendations regarding future work

Participants need to submit a position paper by 10 February 2006.
Information and details on the Workshop are provided in the Call for
Participation. The Workshop deliverables will be published on the Web, and
future directions could include the creation of a W3C Working Group to
work on areas that Workshop attendees identify as suitable for

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

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

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Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to
develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the
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