OGC and W3C invite web developers to series of map workshops – ABOUT MAG 2020

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O Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) invite interested parties to participate in a Joint W3C / OGC Web Map Workshop Seriesin September and October 2020.

Collaborators are needed to help create new web standards for maps in the browser. What are the risks? What are the potentials? What do we need to standardize? Help us define the next generation of web mapping. Proposals for present or main sessions are due on June 30, 2020.

These workshops will bring together experts in browser development, web standards and web mapping client tools and applications to explore the potential of standardized maps for the web. The series will form a virtual meeting of developers, cartographers, policy makers and others with an interest in the future of web standards related to the display and use of maps on the web.

Organizers are now issuing a call for submissions interested participants and presenters. Participation is free and open to the public, regardless of membership in the W3C or OGC.

The scope of the series of workshops is the standardization of maps that are presented to end users – usually in an interactive and exploitable viewer – on websites and applications created using the web platform. Within this scope, the workshops will include discussions on accessibility, internationalization, security , privacy, technology and performance.

All participants are encouraged to contribute to the workshop’s discussions. Besides, besides, we welcome proposals interested in the following contributions:

  • Making a presentation (15 minutes) or lightning conversation (<5 minutes).
  • Leading a hack session around a web mapping tool or map data source.
  • Submitting a writing position statement before the workshops (as an individual or on behalf of an organization).
  • Sponsorship the series of workshops.

Proposals to present or lead sessions are due by June 30, 2020. The programming committee will review proposals to select the most relevant topics and diverse perspectives and will generate an agenda of workshop thematic sessions based on the suggested topics.

Presentations, demos and panel sessions will be conducted as videoconferences (or, optionally, pre-recorded video presentations), published online for asynchronous viewing. Presentations will be grouped into themes, with a theme published online for two weeks each day. Participants will be asked to contribute to the online discussion of the presentations and the problems they raised. Collaboration and hacking sessions will also be scheduled, using video or text chat. The conclusions of the workshop discussions will be summarized in a report and published publicly.

Paula Fonseca