ANU College of Economics and BusinessThe W3C mission is to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure the long term growth of the web. W3C is an international community where Member Organisation, a full-time staff and the public work together to develop Web Standards, led by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The Australia Regional Office is hosted by the Australian National University’s College of Business and Economics and College of Computer Science and Engineering.

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Talk: Semantic Sensor Networks: The Internet of Things needs the Web of Data

Kerry Taylor, who is the chair of W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group at the Australian Computer Science Week of Conference, is delivering a talk on Semantic Sensor Networks: The Internet of Things needs the Web of Data.

Please register via Australian Computer Science Week of Conference web site.

Abstract: Gartner said in December that smart cities will use 1.6 billion connected things in 2016 rising to 3.3 billion in 2018. Large scale sensor network systems are not only features of cities and consumer products; but also of the interlinked industries of agriculture, manufacturing, food and health care. The AIOTI alliance of the European Commission concluded in November that “The biggest challenge will be to overcome the fragmentation of vertically-oriented closed systems, architectures and application areas and move towards horizontal open systems and platforms that support multiple applications.” This reflects an environment where a great number of industry alliances and SDOs have formed with a vertical silo approach for service and data interoperability.

On the other hand, ontologies founded on description logic are one of the few success stories for decades of research in knowledge representation and are now standardised and widely used for horizontal data interoperability, in the framework called the Semantic Web or the Web of Data. Formal reasoning is at the heart of a growing number of deployed tools and applications for data interoperability within enterprises and across government.

The Semantic Sensor Networks ontology was originally developed by a collaboration hosted by the W3C in 2009, to describe aspects of sensor networks and sensor data that is needed for loosely-connected interoperability and interpretation at a level above communications networking. The ontology has now entered the standards track of the W3C and OGC through the joint Spatial Data on the Web Working Group. In this talk I will discuss the role of ontologies in the developing Internet of Things and my hopes for the SSN ontology in particular.

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W3C Workshop: A partial tutorial and history of CSS, with discussion

Bert Bos, who joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in 1995 and is working on further developing the CSS specification since then, is joining us for a hands-on CSS workshop at the Australasian Computer Science Week on Friday the 5th from 2-5pm in the P.A.P Moran G08 (Building 26B) of the Australian National University.

Please register on our Eventbrite page.

Abstract:
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is the technology that allows Web authors to specify the layout of Web pages and apps. It is a standard made by W3C. The first parts were published already in 1996 and 1998, but new parts are still being added. In this workshop we’ll look at some parts (“modules”) of CSS, both older and recent ones, with excursions into how these modules were developed and why they are the way they are. The tutorial part is probably easiest to follow for people who know a little about CSS already, but the syntax is easy enough to pick up. The background information requires no prior knowledge and should be interesting for people who want to know how international standards are made in practice…. or want to help make them.

Expected Outcomes:
Participants interested in writing CSS style sheets will hopefully learn some new things about CSS. The presenter himself hopes to learn from the participants some fresh ideas about how to develop CSS further and how W3C can develop it most efficiently.

W3C starts Web Payment Standards work to help smooth online payment process

web_paymentThe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has now launched the Web Payments Working Group to help streamline the online “check-out” process and make payments easier and more secure on the Web.  The proposed standards aim to make web payment transactions simpler, faster and more secure, while supporting an array of payment methods.  Standardized APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) will enhance user experience while making it easier for Web developers to integrate existing and new payment flows into their applications.

Check out the charter (and supporting FAQ) for this new Web Payments Working Group, the official W3C press release (including testimonials from members such as Bloomberg, Deutsche Telekom, Digital Bazaar, ETA, Federal Reserve Bank, Ingenico Labs MAG, NACS, Qihoo360, Rabobank, Ripple and WorldPay.

World Wide Web Consortium selects Australian National University (ANU) to Host Australia Office

On 29 July, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international consortium of over 400 member organisations that work together to develop Web standards and guidelines to ensure the long-term growth of the Web, announced that its Australian office would be relocated to the Australian National University (ANU). more…

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