Foundation concepts: Internet, World Wide Web.
Definition: In their own words, “The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop web standards” (http://www.w3.org/Consortium/).
The W3C was founded in 1994 by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and MIT in collaboration with CERN, DARPA, and the European Commission. The organization aims to develop inter-operable technologies and provide specifications, guidelines, software, and tools to help the web to reach its full potential. A primary aim of the consortium is to develop non-proprietary standards and promote inter-operability. The consortium is international in scope, has offices in fourteen locations around the world, and draws its membership from around the globe (http://www.w3.org/).
The W3C is behind many of the technologies that are in common global use, such as HTML, SOAP/XMLP, URLs, and XML.
Business value proposition
The W3C is an organization that provides leadership in the area of web technologies. Individuals and corporations can become members and, through working committees, help to develop the formulations of future web-based technologies.
Summary of positive issues
W3C provides a forum through which web-based technologies are developed. Organizations are able to join the consortium and work with the committees to innovate and create new technologies.