W3C Apply for W3C Membership

1. Complete and Print the Application

Fill out the Application form. Your Application and Member Agreement will be emailed to you in a few minutes. Print the Application and four copies of the Member Agreement. If you need assistance send email to team-app-processing@w3.org.

2. Sign the Agreement

Have one copy of the Application and four copies of the Member Agreement signed and dated by an appropriate individual authorized to sign contracts for your organization. One copy will be returned to you when it is fully executed by all three W3C Hosts.

3. Fax or Mail the Application

Fax the Application to Susan Westhaver, W3C Head of Administration at MIT, at +1-617-258-5999. Your Membership will only be activated when a complete Application has been received by W3C.

If you wish not to fax, you can alternatively send the Application by postal mail or express mail or other carrier or an image of the signed page by email to:

Attn: Susan Westhaver
W3C Administration
MIT/CSAIL, Room 32-G514
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
Phone: +1-617-253-2613
Fax: +1-617-258-5999
Email: susan@w3.org

Our receipt of the signed Application initiates access for your organization to the W3C Member site and mailing lists. Your access begins within three business days of the effective date of your contract, and is based on your agreement in the Application to W3C intellectual property policy in paragraph 7 of the Member Agreement and confidentiality agreements in section 4.1 of the W3C Process Document.

4. Arrange Payment Method

W3C offers two classes of Membership: Full and Affiliate. Full Membership is offered to all prospective Members. Affiliate Membership is offered only to organizations meeting any of three criteria and is designed for not-for-profit organizations, governmental departments and agencies, and for-profit organizations with annual gross revenue of less than USD 50,000,000. In 2002, Membership fees were fixed to the hosts' local currencies at the same value to help protect Members and hosts from exchange rate fluctuations.

Class Annual Fee
Full MIT: USD 57,500.00
ERCIM: EUR 60,540.00
Keio: JPY 7,076,460.00
Affiliate MIT: USD 5,750.00
ERCIM: EUR 6,054.00
Keio: JPY 707,646.00

W3C Members are assigned, for financial processing purposes, to one of its three Hosts: MIT, ERCIM, or Keio, based on the country of the Member's headquarters. Members based in Europe, Africa or the Middle East are assigned to ERCIM; those in Japan or Korea to Keio; and all others to MIT.

Payment, in Host currency (USD, EUR or JPY), must arrive at your W3C Host within 30 days of the faxed Application, along with the Membership Agreements or Membership access will be disabled. If an invoice is required, payment must be received within 45 days of our invoice or Membership access will be disabled.

Make checks payable to the W3C Host with whom you are dealing. While not required, prepayment of multiple years is accepted. You may also pay by wire transfer (preferred for Europe).

5. Send Us the Application and Member Agreements

Send the Application, all four original signed Agreements, and your check (if possible), via traceable mail, to the appropriate person from the list below:

For Europe, Africa, and Middle East

Alexandra Lavirotte
Membership department
2004, route des Lucioles
BP 93
06902 Sophia-Antipolis Cedex
Phone: +33 4 92 38 50 76
Fax: +33 4 92 38 78 22

For Japan and Korea

Michiko Takano
Keio Research Institute at SFC
Keio University, Shonan Fujisawa Campus
5322 Endo, Fujisawa 252-8520
Phone: +81 466-49-1170
Fax: +81 466-49-1171

For the Americas, Australia, and Elsewhere

Maria Karatzas
Senior Contract Administrator
Office of Sponsored Programs, E19-750
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: +1 617-253-2921
Fax: +1 617-253-4734

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