Beihang University Joins MIT CSAIL as W3C Host

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On Sunday, January 20, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced that Beihang University in China is the newest institution to host the W3C. The W3C, an international consortium where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards, is jointly run by MIT CSAIL (founding host), the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and Beihang University in China.
W3C anticipates that a dedicated presence in China will enhance opportunities for collaboration among Chinese companies, Web developers, and research institutes, and W3C's full international community, including members from more than 40 countries.
"China is in the midst of an innovation boom," said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO and a principal investigator at CSAIL. "In IT, Chinese companies have excelled in instant messaging, online games, smartphones, and search, and there is a flourishing Chinese browser ecosystem. In the past two years W3C has benefited from greater Chinese participation, and we look forward to that trend accelerating through the efforts of local industry and Beihang University. Global participation in W3C enables our community to identify global needs for the Web, and drive solutions."
In its new capacity, Beihang University invites Chinese Web developers, industry, and academia to assume a greater role in global Web innovation.
“We at MIT CSAIL are pleased to welcome Beihang University as the newest host institution for the W3C. At CSAIL, we strongly believe in the importance of international partnerships, as in today’s globalized world these collaborations matter more than ever and allow us to share knowledge and work together to solve tough problems and pursue great ideas,” said Professor Daniela Rus, director of CSAIL. “We look forward to partnering with Beihang University, and see this new collaboration as a wonderful opportunity to improve the Web on a global scale and to form new research collaborations in China.”
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