Domenico LaforenzaDomenico Laforenza has been appointed as the representative of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) on the ERCIM Board of Directors, following the resignation of Professor Francesco Beltrame. Dr Laforenza is the Director of the "Istituto di Informatica e Telematica" (IIT-CNR) in Pisa. He is also head of the Registry for domain names for Italy (, and member of the Board of Directors of EURid, the European Registry of Internet Domain Names. In March 2009 Dr. Laforenza was appointed as Italian representative to the European Union “Future Internet Forum of the Member States” by the Italian Ministry of Research, Education and University. From 2006-2009, he was member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the CNR Department for Information and Communication Technologies. and is currently member of the Scientific Council of the Institute de Grilles of the French CNRS

The European Commission (EC) recently highlighted, in an Expert Group’s Report on the Future of Cloud Computing, the need for coordinated open source deployments between Research and Industry. This is to promote the use of flexible commercial Cloud-based services infrastructure offerings. The RESERVOIR (Resources and Services Virtualization without Barriers) European Framework Programme (FP7) project, now in its third year, has developed open architecture and interfaces, and open source software. These are available as downloadable specifications and tools encompassed under “the RESERVOIR Framework” which presents a blueprint to help businesses build on-demand infrastructure services, at competitive costs, across disparate administrative domains, while assuring quality of service.

Jeffrey JaffeW3C named Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe its new Chief Executive Officer. "Web technologies continue to be the vehicle for every industry to incorporate the rapid pace of change into their way of doing business," said Dr. Jaffe.

"I'm excited to join W3C at this time of increased innovation, since W3C is the place where the industry comes together to set standards for the Web in an open and collaborative fashion." As W3C CEO, Dr. Jaffe will work with Director Tim Berners-Lee, staff, Membership, and the public to evolve and communicate W3C's organizational vision. The CEO is responsible for W3C's global operations, for maintaining the interests of all of the W3C’s stakeholders, and for sustaining a culture of cooperation and transparency, so that W3C continues to be the leading forum for the technical development and stewardship of the Web.

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