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Active X3D Working Groups: Public Pages

X3D Working Group

  • The X3D Working Group (executive summary) is the main forum for coordinating all X3D specification activities, including other working groups.
  • This group also performs future X3D design, resolution of X3D specification comments, and review of X3D implementation resources.
  • Working group teleconferences are every Wednesday at 08-0900 Pacific time, 16-1700 UK time, on the Web3D teleconference line.
  • Co-chairs: Roy Walmsley and Don Brutzman
  • ISO Convener: Dick Puk

Current activities: JSON, Binary Compression, X3D v3.4, v4.0 and v4.1, etc.

  • X3D JSON Encoding
  • X3D Binary Compression Capabilities and Plans for a new Efficient Binary Encoding
  • X3D Development Public Plans (contains public statements and links for the items below)
    • X3D version 3.3 has been finalized as an ISO International Standard (IS). The text has been sent to ISO/IEC for final ballot.
    • X3D version 3.4 Development efforts are evolutionary improvements to the proven X3D Graphics architecture.
      • Working groups and individual contributions helped to define future goals and requirements.
      • The version 3.4 effort is now integrated into version 4.0 and is no longer being pursued as a separate activity.
    • X3D version 4.0 Development efforts are considering major evolutionary changes to the baseline X3D architecture.
      • Major technology under consideration: HTML5/DOM/Declarative 3D with X3DOM and Cobweb implementations.
    • X3D version 4.1 development supports AR, VR devices
      • Major technology under consideration: ISO Mixed and Augmented Reality (MAR) Reference Model
    • Please contact Web3D Consortium or contact X3D co-chairs if you think additional technologies need to be considered.
      • X3D futures planning is currently a Web3D Consortium member-only activity.
  • X3D MIME-Type in X3D Working Group to get official IETF MIME-Type recognition for X3D
    • This has been completed. The IETF listing is at [1]

Access and Participation

Many Web3D technical efforts are visible to the public. Some are restricted to Web3D Consortium members. Membership has value.

  • Web3D Consortium members are allowed to decide on specification priorities and whether new technology is accepted for our royalty-free X3D International Standard.
  • The general public is allowed to observe and comment at various stages of development.
  • Some working group activities are fully open, some activities are performed by Web3D Consortium members only.
  • Web3D Consortium members have agreed to the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy which effectively prevents any royalty-based technology from being adopted by X3D.
  • This approach provides great value to the public, and also allows both companies and individual professionals to contribute to X3D directly as Web3D Consortium members.
  • Meanwhile, each working group can still decide to place some work in the open and some with restricted access. For example, HTML5/DOM work is open.
  • For private member-only communications, Web3D Members can also use the Web3D Members-Only Wiki.

X3D and Augmented Reality Continuum (ARC) Working Group: AR Extensions for X3D

  • The Augmented Reality (AR) Working Group was formed to address the needs of projecting computer generated information into the real world. The Working Group focuses on utilizing and extending X3D capabilities to support augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) applications.
  • X3D and Augmented Reality working group summary
  • X3D and Augmented Reality wiki
  • Members are also participating in efforts by the ISO SC24 Working Group 9 for Augmented Reality Continuum (ARC)

X3D CAD Working Group: Computer Aided Design (CAD) Extensions for X3D

X3D Earth Working Group for geospatial representations

  • The X3D Earth Working Group uses the Web architecture, XML languages, and open protocols to build a standards-based X3D Earth specification usable by governments, industry, scientists, academia, and the general public. X3D-Earth efforts encompass client-side, server-side, authoring, and conversion technologies.

Vision: Make it easier to create and use 3D spatial data. Mission. Promote spatial data use within X3D via open architectures.

X3D H-Anim Working Group: Humanoid Animation (H-Anim)

X3D Medical Working Group: Volume visualization and Medical uses

  • The Medical Working Group is developing an open interoperable standard for the representation of human anatomy based on input from a wide variety of imaging modalities.
  • X3D Medical working group summary
  • X3D Medical wiki

Heritage Working Group: Cultural Heritage and Natural History

  • Initial efforts are following up on really interesting keynote presentation and workshop discussions at the Web3D 2014 Symposium.

X3D Special Interest Groups: Public Pages

X3D Special Interest groups are open to anyone interested in participating. This open approach provides great value to the public to explore new technologies and applications for X3D. It also allows both companies and individuals to contribute some technologies towards moving the X3D standard forward.

Xj3D Evolution

Renewed open-source community effort.

X3D and HTML5 design efforts and Declarative 3D Community Group

Numerous efforts are working to establish a solid foundation for proper X3D graphics support in HTML5.

X3D and E-Learning

Special Interest Group efforts are discussed on the X3D mailing list.

About X3D

X3D Community Information

Technology Contributions

The Web3D Consortium is always happy to receive proposals for Technology Contributions that might help to advance 3D graphics on the Web.

X3D Resources

Web3D Chapters

Official Chapters (geographically oriented) of the Web3D Consortium

About the Public and Members-Only X3D Wiki

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  • Because of some reported abuse to existing members, creation of all new accounts have been disabled. This state will continue until a better means of identifying members has been established.
  • SysAdmin Note: WikiMedia software upgraded to latest version (9 Jan 2013).