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Defining the future of the Web

Since 2003 CTIC has hosted the Spanish Office of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), whose main mission is to promote the adoption of W3C recommendations among developers, application creators and the Web community in general, promoting in turn the inclusion of organizations that are committed to the creation of future recommendations by joining the W3C.



Participation in Working Groups

CTIC has 7 researchers participating in the following international working groups of the W3C Consortium

  • Immersive Web Working Group

  • Immersive Web Community Group

  • Web of Things Working Group

  • Web of Things Interest Group

  • Machine Learning for the Web Community Group

  • Open Data Spain Community Group

  • Blockchain Community Group

  • Credentials Community Group

  • Web History Community Group

  • CoVid- Remote Meet, Work, Class Community Group

  • Web fights covid Community Group

Making a web for everyone

Since the origin of this Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the W3C, CTIC has been an active part of the different groups that make it up , from those dedicated to defining basic development guidelines, to high-level groups where the requirements and implications of W3C work for society are analyzed. An example of this is the Web Accessibility Initiative Interest Group, whose mission is to analyze problems of accessibility to content on the Web and seek solutions. This group works jointly with several Working Groups on accessibility, who provide lower-level technical forums to review and debate the high-level topics presented by the interest group.

Web Accessibility seeks to ensure that all people, regardless of their degree of functional diversity or disability, can can access the contents of the Web, promoting the creation of an egalitarian society.



CTIC has participated in the creation of the Blockchain Community Group and, since then, has followed the progress and collaborated in the search for new challenges to bring this series of technologies closer to standardization on the Web.

The main mission of this group is to generate Blockchain standards based on the ISO20022 standard. The group participants develop guides for their use and application and study the latest developments and technical applications of these technologies.

The Blockchain is a type of data structure based on the division of information into blocks that contain another block, so through cryptography you can only access information if you have all the blocks in the chain.


A Semantic Web

For more than a decade, the W3C Semantic Web Interest Group has been studying the application of semantic technologies and their incorporation into the Web, in the context of the social, legal and technological problems surrounding selection, filtering, labeling, signing, quality assurance, etc.

The Semantic Web is a type of technology that, through the incorporation metadata makes Web content understandable for machines, a necessary basis to advance in advanced data processing and that allows greater efficiency and effectiveness of artificial intelligence algorithms.

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Standards for Open Data in Athletics

Since its creation, CTIC has led the W3C OpenTrack Community Group. This group aims to develop an open standard for data exchange for the world of athletics, running and related disciplines, which would allow the development of software that would make the organization of events more efficient, saving time for volunteers and consequently improving the experience of participants and fans.

The OpenTrack standards and tools will allow the storage and distribution of data related to athletes and sports events, such as results, partial times, etc., with a common format that facilitates their processing, thanks to its open formats and vocabularies.


Shaping data

CTIC researchers have developed the first standards to evaluate and validate the quality of semantic data represented on the Web. Currently, the Shape Expressions Community Group promotes and expands the validation language ShEx which uses a syntactic representation to describe the shape of an RDF graph. The ShEx language is used to communicate data structures associated with some process or interface, to generate or validate data, or to manage user interfaces.


Dar sentido a los datos

El Grupo de la Comunidad proporciona un foro de discusión sobre cambios, contribuciones y extensiones al popular, permitiendo la gestión diaria del proyecto y la creación de un punto común para los desarrolladores relacionados con él. ofrece un vocabulario común para facilitar su uso en la web semántica, permitiendo definir objetos, personas, acciones u otras entidades que hacen que el contenido web sea comprensible para las máquinas de la misma forma que lo es para las personas.


Improving Electronic Commerce

CTIC promotes and works in the Interest Group on Web Commerce at the W3C. The mission of this newly created group is to improve electronic commerce on the Web for users, merchants, and other industry members by encouraging discussion within W3C and with other organizations on how to make improvements to address the needs of markets, public administrations and the community in general.

The aim is to identify all the requirements related to Web Commerce and the opportunities for standardization by the W3C.


The Web of Things

As an evolution within the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm, the W3C has created the Web of Things Group , which seeks to allow the interconnection of all Internet of Things platforms, avoiding the fragmentation that exists at this time, due to different manufacturers and diverse technologies.

The union between the W3C, the industry and organizations for standardization allows a reduction in start-up costs, greater interoperability of elements and an increase in their security against third parties. The Internet of Things refers to the objects of our daily lives that are connected to Internet.


Immersive Web

CTIC experts in computer vision, virtual reality and augmented reality have promoted the Immersive Web Community Group, whose goal is to create specifications that bring high-performance Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to the Web platform, thus correcting the current situation, in which it focuses on specific systems that do not allow interaction between them. This will allow access to a greater number of developers, which would increase its use and applications, since the Web is present on any device today.

Virtual Reality allows us to interact with virtually created spaces, while Augmented Reality mixes real spaces with virtual ones, improving our interaction with the former.


Voice and vote in the Advisory Committee

CTIC, like the rest of the W3C Member organizations, has representation within the Advisory Committee (AC). This committee is made up of the official representatives of each of the Members of the W3C Organization ( /Consortium/Member/List), and is the one who makes the main technical decisions within the organization (creation of new activities, management of standards in their most formal process, review of accounts, etc.). Through regular meetings, this committee defines the organization's future plans, and reviews formal proposals from Director, Tim Berners-Lee.

Another of the powers of this committee is the election of the Advisory Board ( /ab/), made up of nine members, who provide help and guidance regarding strategic definition, administration, legal issues, internal processes and conflict resolution.