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Introduction to CalConnect
The Consortium's major activities are:
Under the auspices of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) significant work has been done on Calendaring and Scheduling standards in recent years, in particular iCalendar (RFC 2445), iTIP (RFC 2446), and iMIP (RFC 2447), together with work on the Calendaring Access Protocol (CAP) draft and the the CalDAV Calendar Server draft. The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium will build upon this work by promoting the widespread adoption and implementation of these and future Calendaring and Scheduling standards and the general acceptance and use of interoperable Calendaring and Scheduling among the internet-using community.
Membership in the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium is open to any organization interested in furthering the goals of the Consortium upon submission and acceptance of a membership application and payment of the appropriate dues. The Consortium invites members from
Steering Committee and Technical Committees
The technical affairs and direction of the Consortium will be directed by a Steering Committee made up of representatives chosen from Consortium members. In addition, the Consortium will establish Technical Committees as necessary, open to all members of the Consortium and headed by chairs from Consortium members. Technical Committees will have a well-focused charter and a specific timeframe in which to accomplish their work. Among the topics suggested for Technical Committees are:
Interoperability Testing Events
The primary external events held by the Consortium are "Interops" -- Interoperability Testing Events where developers of Calendaring and Scheduling products and applications gather to test their code's interoperability and conformance to the Calendaring and Scheduling Standards. The Consortium expects to hold between three and four Interops each year. Interops are open to both members and non-members of the Consortium; however members of the Consortium receive a significant discount on the participation fees.
Consortium Roundtable meetings may include physical meetings of Technical Committees if they desire, a Steering Committee meeting if needed, and an all-hands meeting of Consortium members to review ongoing work and develop new initiatives. Consortium Roundtables may be co-located with Interops but are members-only.
Work in progress is restricted to Consortium member participants. However, all completed work products of the Consortium are intended to be publicly and freely available and posted on the Consortium website.
The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium does not intend to be a standards-setting organization itself. Instead it intends to provide direction and influence in the calendaring and scheduling community by identifying and stating needs and requirements and progressing that information into the appropriate standards-setting organizations for development as standards. The Consortium believes that participation in the requirements identification and development process by a broad range of interests including developers, customers, and academic interests will allow the development of requirements and related statements with a very high degree of credibility and content.