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About IW3C2

The IW3C2 was formed in August 1994 and formally incorporated in May 1996 as a non-profit Association under Swiss law. It is a professional organization which promotes Web research and development by organizing and supporting high quality international conferences that cover all aspects of the World Wide Web.


  • To ensure the overall quality of the conference.
  • To select future WWW conference sites.
  • To help the local organizers of the conference.
  • To promote the spirit of the conference series.

Our Services

The IW3C2 may endorse regional Web conferences or conferences devoted to a special topic of the Web. We work with endorsed conferences on cross-promotion, publicity and programs (see our logo in different presentations).

This website provides easy access to the past conference websites.

Copyright Policy

The IW3C2 will routinely grant permission for copying paragraphs and figures in its proceedings. Details of our copyright policy.

The purposes of the IW3C2 are reproduced here from the By-Laws:

The purposes of the IW3C2 are:

  • to set up the organisation of international technical and scientific conferences of excellence regarding the World-Wide Web in order to maintain and extend research and collaboration in the development and evolution of an open World-Wide Web
  • to ensure a balance of conference sites over the world
  • to make information arising from these conferences and forums permanently and openly available on the widest possible scale
  • to preserve the history of the conferences
  • to encourage the global development of the World-Wide Web
  • to provide a permanent, broad-based international body to achieve these purposes

Legal Status and By-Laws

The IW3C2 is governed by the Laws of the Swiss Confederation (article 60ff of the Swiss Civil Code) and the By-Laws with details as registered at the Registre de Commerce (the official Geneva/Swiss Registry of Associations).


The IW3C2 selects academic institutes to host the Conferences. This is done by examining proposals made by institutes, with concern for reasonable representation of all areas on the globe.

Currently, we hold one conference per year.

We hold regular meetings in which we determine the direction of the conference contents. Since the organisers of a conference are ex-officio members of the Committee, they have full influence on this process.

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