Univ. of Edinburgh crestMarkup logoW3C logo
slanted W3C logo
Univ. of Edinburgh crestMarkup Technology logoCover page images (keys)

Standards, Standards Bodies and Web Services

Henry S. Thompson
14 Feb 2006

The wonderful thing about standards is

Standards bodies

The International Standards Organisation
  • The grand-daddy of them all
  • One country, one vote
  • 'Real' standards, e.g. SGML, Coloured Books
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • Membership open to individuals (and now via companies), modest cost
  • Standards committees open to any member
  • Hardware 'standards', e.g. Ethernet, WiFi
Internet Engineering Task Force
  • Crypto-anarchist commune
  • Hold-over from the early days
  • Output known as RFCs (Request for Comment)
  • Mostly protocols, e.g. TCP/IP, BIND, http
Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
  • Vendor organisation, rebadged SGML-Open
  • Corporate membership
  • Sometimes seen as a bid by big guys (Microsoft and IBM in particular) to undermine W3C
  • Vertical 'standards', e.g. ebXML, WS-Reliability, WS-Security

What is the W3C?

How does the W3C work?

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

IPR, cont'd

Semantic Web standardisation at W3C

RDF Data Access Working Group (DAWG)

SemWeb Best Practives and Deployment

Recent planning workshops

October 2004
Life Sciences Workshop, Cambridge, MA
April 2005
Rules Workshop, Washington DC
June 2005
Semantic Web Services Workshop, Innsbruck, Austria