WWW9 November 15, 1999 Press Release


November 15, 1999

The 9th International World Wide Web Conference Expands to Include Web and Society and Web and Industry Tracks

ERCIM Sponsors Conference and Exhibition Scheduled for the Amsterdam RAI, May 15-19, 2000

Reston, VA, November 15, 1999 - The International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2) of Geneva, Switzerland and Foretec Seminars of Reston, VA announce that the 9th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW9) will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science in The Netherlands (CWI) will host WWW9 and play a key role in organizing the technical program. The conference will be held May 15th - 19th, 2000 at the Amsterdam RAI.

At WWW9 leaders from industry, academia, and government will present the latest developments in Web technology, and discuss the issues and challenges facing the Web community as it moves into the 21st century. The WWW9 Conference has grown to include a Web and Society Track, which will address the impact the Web is having on every day life and the Web and Industry Track, which will include presentations from leading companies on their Web initiatives. High tech European-based companies will present themselves at the Exhibition Hall. WWW9 will be sponsored by ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics.

"CWI is proud to host the most prestigious Web conference to be held next year in Amsterdam," said Dr. Ivan Herman, head of the Information Visualisation research group at CWI and conference co-chair of WWW9. "We are looking forward to bringing the Web community together next spring in Amsterdam, a city at the forefront of Internet technology and a cultural, historic, and entertaining place to visit."

For complete conference program information, contact Albert Vezza, conference co-chair, at (617) 621-1536, email avezza@foretec.com, or 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. People interested in volunteering at WWW9 should direct all inquiries to volunteers@www9.org.

WWW9 follows the success of WWW8, held last May in Toronto, Ontario. The conference drew more than 1,200 Web experts from around the world. Highlights at the show included the keynote presentations, the WWW8 Award Winners, the Yuri Rubinsky Memorial Web Award, the History Wall, and the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.

Bob Metcalfe summed up the conference best in his April 12th, InfoWorld column FROM THE ETHER. Metcalfe said,

"WWW8 is not your run-of-the-mill Web commerce trade show. It has tutorials, workshops, and a developer's day, of course, but for the conference more than 100 respected referees chose only 48 of what they call "papers" from more than 300 submissions."

"Following the success of WWW8, we're determined to make WWW9 an even more exciting and industry shaping conference," said Albert Vezza, President of Foretec Seminars, Inc. "The World Wide Web conferences have gained a unique reputation for leading edge sessions on a variety of Web topics. While continuing to provide the level of content that our attendees demand, WWW9 will focus on real world Web initiatives in the new Web and Industry Track, which will be complemented by leading companies scheduled to exhibit at WWW9."

WWW8 Keynote Presentation Highlights

Keynote addresses from industry luminaries proved entertaining and thought provoking

WWW8 Awards

For WWW8, certificates were awarded for Best Paper, Best Presentation and Best Poster. The Program Committee thanks IBM, Addison-Wesley and Foretec Seminars for the prizes they generously supplied to supplement the award certificates.

  • Best Paper:
"Focused Crawling: A New Approach for Topic-Specific Resource Discovery"
by Soumen Chakrabati, Martin van den Berg, and Byron Dom
  • Best Presentation:
"A Query Language for XML"
by Mary Fernandez
  • Best Poster:
"WebPlaces: Adding People to the Web"
by Paul P. Maglio and Rob Barrett


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