CalConnect vCard Workshop
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
M.I.T., Cambridge, Massachusetts
CalConnect invites you to attend an open, one-day workshop on vCard and what to do
about it. The workshop will be held Tuesday, September 18, 2007, from 0830-1730,
on the campus of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Registration in advance is required and will be limited to approximately 45 people.
No fee will be charged. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. There
will be an optional no host (your expense) social event (dinner or reception) after the workshop.
This workshop is intended for and open to both vendors and users of vCard and vCard-based
products, plus other interested parties. You do not need to be a CalConnect
member to attend the workshop.
vCard is a well established standard for representing and transferring
contact information on computer systems and mobile devices. Having been in
use for a while, a number of areas of the specification have been noted as
problematic and in need of revision for fixes or enhancements. To that end,
CalConnect (the Calendaring & Scheduling Consortium) is hosting a one day
vCard-focused workshop event at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts in September with the goal of
bringing together the key players to help move forward vCard revision
Note that an effort is already under way at the IETF (Internet Engineering
Task Force) to develop a personal address book access protocol based on the
CardDAV specification, and since that is based on vCard, a revision of the
vCard specification will be taking place within the IETF. However, bringing together
interested parties in a focused discussion at a workshop can help drive
that effort and provide supporting input to it to ensure the specific needs
of the key players is covered.
The goal of the workshop is two-fold. First to determine the real interest
in revising the vCard specification, and second to determine what needs to
be revised and how to go about doing that.
The workshop will start with a general introduction to vCard and other
related technologies, before moving into detailed discussion of the
problems that people encounter in their use of it. There will be many
opportunities for open discussion of issues beyond those initially
determined, and opportunities for attendees to present their own issues or
solutions (be they vCard based or something else). Hopefully the workshop
will result in a well defined plan for moving forward with this work.
Calconnect's interest in vCard stems from the fact that several members of
its members use vCard in addition to their calendaring products, and since
there is a great deal of similarity between vCard and the iCalendar
calendar data format, Calconnect decided it was the correct host for this
This agenda will be updated as we get nearer to the event.
Welcome, intro to Calconnect, how Calconnect got involved in vCard plus
"goals" for this workshop.
Each participant introduces themselves and explains their interest in
this and what they might like to see as an outcome. Plus comment on other
interested or related parties that may be involved or should be involved
(e.g. any ongoing IETF effort etc). To illustrate the problem we have
perhaps we should ask participants to exchange vCards with each other!
Overview of the problem
Quick statement of what the workshop organizers see as the problem we
are trying to solve, with follow up discussion to see whether anyone has
other approaches to suggest.
Break (Tea/Coffee, etc.)
vCard and OMA DS (formerly SyncML) today
Presentation on the current state of vCard, plus review of issues related
to OMA DS (formerly SyncML), including discussion of
jabber XML variant, IETF & OMA extensions.
IETF vCard Revision Status
Other related standards
Liberty alliance, CardDAV, iCalendar/CalDAV, hCard, LDAP etc.
Open Discussion of current technologies and problems
BOF type session to get feedback on previous two presentations.
Fixing vCard, including synchronization
Presentation on how we might move ahead with fixing vCard - plus
discussion on what others want. We should use this to build a set of
prototype recommendations on what needs to be done to vCard.
Are there other ways to tackle this? e.g. completely new contact data
BOF or additional presentations
Break (Tea/Coffee etc.)
The way forward
- Do people want to move ahead with a concerted effort to deal with these
- How should we proceed?
- Calconnect-like approach of industry/user consortium?
- If so, should Calconnect be the place to do that, or a new consortium,
or some other existing forum (OMA, LibertyAlliance, IETF)?
- What should the goals be?
- What should the timeframe be?
Summary of decisions or follow-up action items.
Optional Social Event (Dinner or Reception)
There is no fee for attending the workshop but you must register in
advance so we know who and how many are coming. Registration will be limited
by the size of the room to approximately 45 people. To register for the workshop,
please go to vCard Workshop Registration.
To help us prepare for this workshop, we have developed a small questionnaire which
we would appreicate your taking a few minutes to respond to. Responses are not
limited to workshop participants, but are especially encouraged from those who
plan (or hope to) attend the workshop. To complete the questionnaire, please go to
vCard Workshop Questionnaire.
CalConnect has established a public discussion list to allow workshop
participants and others to discuss the topics in advance of the workshop. Please
go to CalConnect vCard Workshop Discussion List
for more information and to sign up for the discussion list.
Invitation to the CalConnect Event at M.I.T.
CalConnect will be holding its tenth membership meeting, Roundtable X, at
M.I.T. on Wednesday-Friday, September 19-21, 2007. If you plan to attend the
vCard Workshop and your organization is not a member of CalConnect, this would
be a great opportunity for you to attend the Roundtable as an observer to
determine if your organization is interested in CalConnect membership. To find
out more about Roundtable X and being an observer, please go to
Roundtable X. If your organization IS a
member of CalConnect, please plan on staying over for the Roundtable.
(Note that CalConnect will also be conducting its CalConnect Interoperability
Test Event on September 17-19 at M.I.T. If you are planning to participate in
that event you are welcome to try and participate in the vCard Workshop as well,
but you may find scheduling your time complicated - so plan on having a person
available to fill in for you.) For more information about the interoperability
test event, please see C.I.T.E. September 2007.
Logistics information for the vCard Workshop including transportation, hotel and
meeting location, may be found on the
vCard Workshop Logistics page.
We hope you will be able to join us at the vCard workshop, and if you do,
please accept our invitation to stay on for the CalConnect Roundtable.