General Information and Participation in
CalConnect Interoperability Test Events
What is a CalConnect Interoperability Test Event?
A CalConnect Interoperability Test Event (informally sometimes called an "interop" or "IOP") is
an interoperability testing event for developers of calendaring and acheduling
implementations, in particular those are based upon calendaring and acheduling standards and
specifications, e.g. iCalendar, iMIP, iTIP, CalDAV, and so forth. At the event,
implementers test their implementations for accuracy in implementing
the standards and specifications, and test interoperability
with other implementations. Goals of the event include
assessing the standards, assessing the implementations, and
determining interoperability. A CalConnect Interoperability Test Event normally lasts
2.5 days and is scheduled Monday morning through Wednesday noon of a CalConnect event week.
In-Person and Remote Participation
A Calconnect Interoperability Test Event is intended to be participants from each participating member (or non-member) gathered in the same location to conduct interoperability testing of their
products and implementations. CalConnect provides the
location, internet connectivity, and the on-site test manager who
will manage the actual interoperability testing and ensure that all participants are
able to participate in and complete the testing. CalConnect also produces a public report
and members-only reports of each event.
CalConnect Interoperability Test Events are held in conjunction with a
CalConnect Conference, with the test event Monday morning through Wednesday noon, and the Conference
Wednesday noon through Friday afernoon.
is available for CalConnect members only, when a participant cannot attend in person and therefore
participates from a remote location, generally communicating via Jabber
Conference and Etherpads. This option is open to a member participating in the
test event at the discretion of the Interoperability Test Manager.
Remote participation is not allowed for non-members.
Although we strongly encourage
in-person participation as it is far more valuable for everyone involved, we will attempt
to allow remote participation for overseas participants, for
non-commercial vendors with extremely limited budgets, and on a
case-by-case basis given special circumstances.
CalConnect does not currently charge for remote participation in Interoperability
Test Events by CalConnect members who regularly participate in person. However
as we are incurring all of the expenses for
the in-person event even if a participant is not there in
person, we reserve the right to charge for remote participation in the future.
We cannot guarantee that remote participation will be
possible at any particular event, so participants who need this capability
should bring it to our attention as early as possible.
CalConnect Interoperability Test Event Confidentiality Agreement
All participants and observers at a CalConnect Interoperability Test Event
must explicitly agree to and be bound by the
CalConnect Intereoperability Test Event Confidentiality Agreement.
Planning for a CalConnect Interoperability Test Event
We recommend registering for the event as soon as you have decided to
participate. Also, since space is limited, we request that
organizations which are considering participating but have not fully
decided give us a "heads-up" in advance. This will help us with
logistics arrangements for the event and allow us to warn undecided
organizations if the event is becoming fully subscribed. Please
note that registration for an event is not confirmed until you have
paid your registration fee. The base registration covers two
participants from your organization; you may have additional
participants by paying a small additional fee per participant.
Participants must supply their own hardware. Wired connectivity will be offered unless it cannot be arranged; we will indicate whether the site will be wired or wireless in advance if possible, but we strongly
recommend you come prepared for either contingency, and bring your ethernet cable and any other
hardware you might need. If you have special requirements be sure and let us know in advance.
If you or your organization have not attended a CalConnect Interoperability
Test Event before, we strongly urge you to read Getting
Started at the CalConnect Interoperability Test Event, an introduction and briefing
for first-time participants.
CalConnect's TC IOPTEST is the ongoing committee responsible for
interoperability testing and holds conference calls between events to prepare for coming events. If
you are not on the mailing list for this committee we suggest you join it so you receive the minutes
from the calls and if possible participate in them yourself.
During the Event
Attendance at a CalConnect Interoperability Test Event is limited to personnel from participating
organizations and Consortium support personnel (i.e. the test manager), and to Observers at a single test event.
In general, attendance is limited to technical staff; journalists, marketing staff,
etc. are not allowed at the events.
The activities of the CalConnect Interoperability Test Event will be managed by the Interoperability
who will provide scripts, monitor and note the achievements and
problems encountered by the implementers, and ultimately report on the
results (see below). All participants in and any observers of the event agree to act
in accordance with the confidentiality agreement presented above.
CalConnect Interoperability Test Event Reports
The Interoperability Test Event Manager will produce a public report on
the test event published on the CalConnect website at
CalConnect Interoperability Test Events. The public report will be written in such a way as to
identify the participants and report on the results experienced by each
implementation, but will not identify any participating organization
with any particular set of results.
Additionally, information reported during the test
event by individual participants will be collected on a test event internal etherpad available to
CalConnect members. The contents of the test event etherpads is logged to the document repository
after each event and available to CalConnect members.