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W3C Finnish Office Opening

11 October 2002, 9:00-16:00 at Tampere Hall room "Studio" ("Tampere-talo" in Finnish, Street address: Yliopistonkatu 55), Tampere, Finland.

The opening ceremony was held Friday 11 October

picture gallery Some 100 people attended the opening ceremony at Tampere Hall on Friday. The W3C Finnish Offices warmly thanks both the participants and the organisers of the event. There is a small picture gallery (400KB) available of the opening.


Finnish Huom. W3C Suomen toimiston toiminta tapahtuu pääsääntöisesti suomen kielellä. Avajaistilaisuus järjestetään tilaisuuden kansainvälisen luonteen takia kuitenkin englanniksi.

English Note: W3C Finnish Office operates in Finnish. The international opening event, however, is arranged in English.

NEW! Final programme (pdf) is available.

09:00 Opening & Welcome Tarja Systä, Manager of the W3C Finnish Office
09:10 Digital Media Institute (10 min) Hannu Eskola, Director of DMI
09:20 eTampere (10 min) Jarmo Viteli, Director of eTampere
09:30 World Wide Web Consortium (20 min) Daniel Dardailler, W3C Deputy Director for Europe
09:50 W3C Process (20 min) Marie-Claire Forgue, W3C European Communications Officer
10:10 TIEKE and Standardisation in Finland (20 min) Jukka Korpela, TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre
10:30 Member's Comment: DMI and the Finnish mobile 'scene' (15 min) Tommi Mikkonen, Head of Software Systems Laboratory, TUT
10:45 W3C Finnish Office (15 min) (printable version) (Suomeksi tiivistelmä suomeksi [abstract in Finnish]) Ossi Nykänen, Coordinator of the W3C Finnish Office
11:00 Press Conference Ossi Nykänen
11:45 Break
13:00 Good Afternoon Tarja Systä
13:05 2D Web Graphics: SVG (30 min) (printable version) Ivan Herman, Head of W3C Offices
13:35 Member's Comment: Nokia (15 min) Ari Jaaksi, Director of the Software and Protocols Lab, Research and Technology Access, Nokia
13:50 Member's Comment: Elisa (15 min) Kari Lehtinen, Head of Unit, Elisa Communications
14:05 Semantic Web and WAI (30 min) (printable version) Marja-Riitta Koivunen, W3C Technology and Society team
14:35 Web Services (30 min) (printable version) Yves Lafon, W3C Architecture team
15:10 Closing Tarja Systä

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The W3C Office in Finland is situated at the Tampere University of Technology, Digital Media Institute (DMI). Digital Media Institute (DMI) is an independent research unit of Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Tampere, Finland. Its main purpose is to organise and carry out multidisciplinary research in the broad field of digital media. DMI unites expertise in the following areas: signal processing, software systems, electronics, telecommunication, hypermedia, and mathematics. In each year more than 400 research workers are employed in DMI's 100 and some projects. The projects are directed by professors and senior researchers from TUT's Department of Information Technology.

The City

Tampere is beautiful city founded by Gustav III on 1 October 1779, on the bank of Tammerkoski rapids. Tampere is the largest inland city of the Nordic countries with a population of over 190 000.

Finland and Tampere overview map conference venue -- click to enlarge

More maps of Tampere are available at the Tampere city home page. To learn about Finland, visit the Virtual Finland. See also the Ramada Hotel Tampere home page.

There are frequent flights to the capital, Helsinki, from many European cities. The flight time from Helsinki to Tampere is about 30 minutes. Tampere can also be reached directly by air from Stockholm/Sweden. Tampere-Pirkkala airport is situated 15 km from the city centre of Tampere. Helsinki and Tampere are connected by regular, fast bus and train services. A bus service to Tampere operates directly from Helsinki-Vantaa airport. The journey takes about two hours by train and three hours by bus.


The opening event is organised by the W3C Finnish Office, in co-operation with the Digital Media Institute (DMI), Tampere University of Technology (TUT), and the eTampere Office.

If you have questions, please contact:

Ossi Nykänen
Coordinator of the W3C Finnish Office
Tel +358 3 3115 3544
Fax +358 3 3115 3549

Last update 23.10.2002. (w3c@cs.tut.fi)