W3C Finnish Office
Mission of W3C Offices
- To promote adoption of W3C recommendations among developers, application
builders, and standards setters, and to encourage inclusion of stakeholder
organizations in the creation of future recommendations by joining W3C.
- W3C works because Members know it is impartial -- the same applies to offices as well
10 Finnish W3C Members
- Members work within W3C to develop standards and get cutting-edge information
What Offices Are About...
- First point of contact
- Education and outreach
- Regional input to W3C
- Channel for national level funding schemes
- Advocacy for W3C in the region
- Local home page, newsletter, contacts
- More specifically: While being sensitive to regional issues,
- make users and implementors aware of W3C technologies
- help working with W3C specifications
- establish an active network(s) of contacts
- internationalisation, regionalisation, and input to W3C
- encourage to join working together with W3C and member organisations
What Offices Are NOT:
- Creators of local standards (instead: represent W3C and help participating in the work)
- Spokesmen of vendor-specific products (instead: encourage using public standards)
- Consultants of IT in general (instead: try to help with W3C technologies)
- "Just for technical people"
(instead: will find a common language)
- Hard to approach (instead: works in many ways and various levels)
Finnish Office, Rules of thumb
- Do the basic work well and the fancy stuff will follow
- Work together with the people of the field
- Let the regional focus areas and
characteristics guide the overall work
- "Not just the Web pages"
Example #1 "Awareness?" -- questionnaire
- Registering questionnaire (compiled Wed evening with 56 replys):
- How well-known the W3C is in Finland?
- "Basic information for planning"
Example #2 "Expectations?" -- questionnaire
- What do you hope from W3C and the W3C Finnish Office?
- Selected answers, an unordered list (informants confidental):
- news, open and active informing about W3C,
- information about the Semantic Web,
- active role in standardisation in Finland,
- more active link between Finland and W3C,
- fast evolving Web,
- general information about the Web,
- high quality contributions to various standards,
- high profile in developing the Internet both nationally and internationally
- collaboration and projects, tutorials, workshops, seminars,
- don't quite know yet. Some kind of...
Good to Remember
- The actual work is of course balancing between priorities, resources, and practices
- Offices do also basic work "nobody explicitly asked", in Finland, e.g.:
- Finnish newsletter,
- W3C Suomen suositusarkisto (repository of commentaries to W3C specs),
- W3C Suomen tapahtumakalenteri (Finnish event calendar)
- ...and other "internal projects" that are being developed
- Making something Big right takes hard work, time, patience, and the efforts
of many people (and the Web is Big indeed)
Coordinator of the W3C Finnish Office
Tampere University of Technology
DMI / W3C Finnish Office
Korkeakoulunkatu 1, Tietotalo building
P.O.Box 553, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland
Tel: +358 3 3115 3544