WWW9 November 15, 1999 Press Release


April 26, 2000

Top Technology Leaders Forge Partnership in Support of the 9th International World Wide Web Conference

Organizers include CWI, ERCIM, W3C, ISOC and ACM

Reston, VA, April 26, 2000 - The International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2) of Geneva, Switzerland and Foretec Seminars of Reston, Virginia announced today that the world's leading research consortia have agreed to partner in support of the 9th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW9). From May 15th - 19th 2000, leaders from industry, academia and government will gather in Amsterdam, the Netherlands at the Amsterdam RAI, to reveal the latest developments in Web technology and to discuss the issues and challenges facing the Web community as it moves into the 21st century.

As the host of the WWW9, The National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in the Netherlands will play a key role in the success of the conference. CWI is a dominating feature in the landscape of European research institutions and has been chosen to organize the WWW9 technical program. CWI performs frontier research in mathematics and computer science and transfers new knowledge in these fields to society in general and trade and industry in particular.

"Worldwide networks like CWI, ERCIM, W3C, ISOC, ACM and IW3C2 are willing to join hands with Foretec Seminars in support of the WWW9, demonstrating the prestige the conference has gained since its inception six years ago," said Albert Vezza, President of Foretec Seminars, Inc., and principal organizer of the WWW conferences for the past two years. "In addition, the participation of these prominent associations provides extra momentum for next year's conference in Hong Kong."

One of Europe's most distinguished consortia, The European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), has chosen to join their founding partner CWI, in its support of the WWW9. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, ERCIM lends its global network of nearly 400 research and industry leaders to the WWW9. The WWW9 is one of only five internationally recognized conferences to be selected for ERCIM sponsorship.

The WWW9 has also attracted the participation of The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international industry group led by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. Since its inception in 1994, the W3C has made the WWW Conferences series the primary conference venue for presenting its work to the public.

This year, the W3C track includes thematic sessions which focus on its continued work on XML; multimedia technologies including SVG and SMIL; P3P and Digital Signatures; Semantic Web progress, as well as updates on the Web Accessibility Initiative and Open Source software releases.

"The W3C shares its progress with the public on the Web site, but at the WWW Conferences, we present and listen to an audience of engaged developers, face-to-face," said Jean-Francois Abramatic, Chairman of the W3C and Member of IW3C2. "We're looking forward to delivering the W3C message at WWW9." The W3C aims to develop common protocols that will promote the evolution and interoperability of the World Wide Web. It represents the collective voice of more than 300 member organizations, and is jointly hosted by technology institutions in the United States, France, and Japan.

As an integral part of the greater Web community, The Internet Society Netherlands, a chapter of the American-based Internet Society (ISOC), has chosen to join the team of supporters at the WWW9. ISOC is a professional membership society that represents more than 150 organizational and 6,000 individual members worldwide. It brings with it a diverse representation of companies, government agencies, and foundations that have all shared a hand in creating the Internet and its technologies.

The WWW9 Hypermedia track is being held in cooperation with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), an educational and scientific computing society with more than 80,000 members worldwide.

For conference program information, visit the WWW9 Web site at http://www9.org.

Companies interested in exhibiting should contact exhibitors@www9.org.

Companies interested in sponsoring should contact sponsors@www9.org.

Working journalists and industry analysts can receive complementary registration by contacting Joya Subudhi at (617) 262-1800 ext.226, or press@www9.org.


ERCIM - the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics - aims to foster collaborative work within the European research community and to increase co-operation with European industry. Leading research establishments from fourteen European countries are members of ERCIM. For more information about ERCIM, visit http://www.ercim.org.

About IW3C2

IW3C2 was formed in August 1994 to continue a series of academic level conferences, the first of which was held in Geneva. Other conferences in this series were held in Chicago, Darmstadt, Boston, Paris, Santa Clara, and Brisbane. IW3C2 formally incorporated in May 1996 as a non-profit association. For more information about IW3C2, visit http://www.iw3c2.org.

About CWI

CWI is the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands. CWI performs frontier research in mathematics and computer science and transfers new knowledge in these fields to society in general and trade and industry in particular. For more information about CWI, visit http://www.cwi.nl.

About Foretec Seminars

Foretec Seminars, formed in 1997 as a subsidiary of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), currently manages the International World Wide Web Conferences for IW3C2. Foretec is also responsible for managing various functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Secretariat for CNRI including arranging IETF meetings. For more information about Foretec Seminars, visit http://www.foretec.com.

Albert Vezza Joya Subudhi
Foretec Seminars, Inc
Miller Consulting Group
617.262.1800 x226