The National Association of Webmasters

Press Release

March 18, 1998

For immediate release

Contact:
Bill Cullifer
Executive Director
National Association of Webmasters
[email protected]
(916) 929-6557

WOW: The World Organization of Webmasters
Global Kick-Off at WWW7, Brisbane

In a long-anticipated move to globalization, The National Association of Webmasters announced today that it has expanded its International Association of Webmasters to become The World Organization of Webmasters or WOW (world-webmasters.org). WOW made the announcement at the Seventh International World Wide Web Conference (WWW7), which opened today in Brisbane, Australia.

"We have never acknowledged any boundaries for our mission and vision, and our chapters in Australia, Japan, Singapore, London, Panama, Mexico, Italy, and Germany are in various stages of development," stated Bill Cullifer, Executive Director of the World Organization of Webmasters. "This is a good time to announce our name-change, and we're happy to do it in conjunction with WWW7, a truly global Internet 'gathering place.' Donny Emerick, WOW's Education Coordinator and our WWW7 representative, is carrying on our mission by training Brisbane youngsters as Webmasters, helping them to be successful in the next millennium." WebFair98 Australia for youths 14-18 will take place on April 16th at the Institute of Technical and Further Education (TAFE).

The goal of WebFair98 Australia is to bring the world's young people into a hands-on environment with computers and "mentors." Mentors include technologists, teachers, and employers of web professionals. Web experts will help students develop a high-level understanding of a Webmaster's responsibilities, what opportunities currently exist and what the future holds. WebFair98 Australia will introduce students to skills required for web development and help them decide whether a career in this field is for them. Cullifer calls WebFair98 Australia a "web immersion event." The session will be "a history, technology, product, people, career, and training-oriented event, as well as lots of fun!" he adds. Emerick's keynote address was followed by organized visits with mentors from a variety of economic sectors-commercial, non-profit, education and government-so that attendees can glimpse different ways the web is used and challenges confronted in each sector.

The World Organization of Webmasters was founded as part of The National Association of Webmasters in 1996 by professionals with proven track records in education, data-processing, Internet consulting, telecommunications and marketing. The purpose of the Organization is to support and enhance individuals and organizations across the world who create, manage or market web sites. The Organization is located at 9580 Oak Avenue Parkway, Suite 7-177, Folsom, CA, 95630. Contact them online at world-webmasters.org or by telephone at (916) 929-6557.