By Noah | May 2, 2013
A few minutes ago, Tim Berners-Lee announced that as of June 1, Daniel Appelquist and Peter Linss will take over as chairs of the W3C Technical Architecture Group. I have been a member of the TAG since 2004 and chair since early 2009. Serving on and chairing the TAG has been one of the most exciting and rewarding things I’ve done, and I’m extraordinarily grateful that Tim and the TAG have given me the opportunity.
My current appointment would have run for a few more months, but the TAG is in the process of resetting its agenda and priorities for the next two years. Bringing in Peter and Dan now gives them opportunity to help the TAG plan as well as deliver this work. To free space for our new chairs, I will resign my position on the day they join. I will attend the TAG’s upcoming meeting in London and I expect to continue to work informally with the TAG and the new chairs over the next few months.
This is a particularly exciting time for the TAG and if we had not needed “my” slot for our new chairs, I would have been happy to continue. I have particularly enjoyed working with and learning from our new members, many of whom play key roles in the development of the most important new Web technologies such as HTML5, AJAX-style Web Apps, mobile Web apps, etc. Nonetheless, I am delighted that this change is happening. My teaching responsibilities are increasingly taking time that would otherwise go to the TAG, and have prevented me from traveling to some overseas W3C meetings. More important, Tim’s choice of Peter and Dan to replace me is in my opinion brilliant. We are very lucky to have them, and now is the perfect time for them to take over.
My warm thanks to all the TAG members past and present who have made my time on the TAG such a pleasure. I look forward to working informally with the W3C and the TAG in the future.