Sun Initiates Social Web Interest Group
By bblfish on Apr 07, 2009
I am very pleased to announce that Sun Microsystems is one of the initiating members of the Social Web Incubator Group launched at the W3C.
Quoting from the Charter:
The mission of the Social Web Incubator Group, part of the Incubator Activity, is to understand the systems and technologies that permit the description and identification of people, groups, organizations, and user-generated content in extensible and privacy-respecting ways.
The topics covered with regards to the emerging Social Web include, but are not limited to: accessibility, internationalization, portability, distributed architecture, privacy, trust, business metrics and practices, user experience, and contextual data. The scope includes issues such as widget platforms (such as OpenSocial, Facebook and W3C Widgets), as well as other user-facing technology, such as OpenID and OAuth, and mobile access to social networking services. The group is concerned also with the extensibility of Social Web descriptive schemas, so that the ability of Web users to describe themselves and their interests is not limited by the imagination of software engineers or Web site creators. Some of these technologies are independent projects, some were standardized at the IETF, W3C or elsewhere, and users of the Web shouldn't have to care. The purpose of this group is to provide a lightweight environment designed to foster and report on collaborations within the Social Web-related industry or outside which may, in due time affect the growth and usability of the Social Web, rather than to create new technology.
I am glad we are supporting this along with these other prestigious players:
- DERI Galway at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
- Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)
- Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications (IIT), NCSR
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- SUN Microsystems
- Telecom Italia
- University of Bristol
- University of Edinburgh
- Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- University of Versailles
- Vrije Universiteit
This should certainly help create a very interesting forum for discussing what I believe is one of the most important issue on the web today.