W3C is an international consortium where member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. The consortium’s mission is to lead the Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth. Since 1994, W3C has published more than 100 such standards, called W3C recommendations. The organization also engages in education and outreach, develops software, and serves as an open forum for discussions about the Web.

A founding member of W3C, CommerceNet participates in both the Web Security Context and Health Care Life Sciences working groups. The Web Security Context group gives users a better understanding of the context in which they’re operating when making trust decisions on the Web; and the Health Care Life Sciences group enables and accelerates medical research by developing and promulgating common standards for biological and medical knowledge.