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RALEIGH, N.C. – Leaders from around the world of the Web are converging on Raleigh this week for the at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Kathy Green, the chief administrative officer and admissions coordinator for North Carolina State University’s Institute for Advanced Analytics, led a local group who convinced conference organizers to choose Raleigh as the location of the 19th annual conference, where visionaries often swap ideas about how to improve the Web.

“This is a big get. Last year’s conference was in Madrid. The one before that was in Beijing,” Green said Monday. “For Raleigh to be on that list, we consider it a real honor.”

The group approached conference officials a few years ago, touting the Triangle’s concentration of high-powered thinkers and high-tech companies. They also pointed out the new convention center.

“Usually you have to wait six moths to get a decision. They told us the next morning,” Green said.

Dame Wendy Hall is a professor at the University of Southampton in England and a founding director of the Web Science Trust, a group that studies how society can better use the Web. In town for the conference, Hall said on Monday that Raleigh was a good choice for this year’s gathering.

“This is a fantastic conference venue. We are really, really happy with the facilities here,” she said.

More than a thousand people representing 42 countries are expected to attend this week’s conference. Events began on Monday and will run through Friday.

N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill are serving as hosts. is a media sponsor of the conference and will be providing coverage throughout the week. Log on to for daily conference reports and exclusive interviews with Web movers and shakers. Track the conference sessions via