Publicity and Press Releases

Please note that CalConnect ceased issuing Press Releases in 2012, finding that the CalConnect News was a better vehicle for reaching our intended audience. At the same time the CalConnect Minutes newsletter was discontinued in favor of a commbination of expanded event reports and blog entries.

August 6, 2012
CalConnect Announces New Diverse Technical Leadership: 20120806 Steering Committee.pdf.

August 18, 2011
CalConnect will hold its First Ruropean Interoperability Test Event and Conference in Prague: CalConnect Prague Release.pdf.

October 5, 2010
Tungle Corp. Joins CalConnect: The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium has announced that Tungle Corporation has joined CalConnect: Tungle Joins The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium.

September 13, 2010
CalConnect, OASIS Team Up on Key Smart-Grid Project: CalConnect and OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Systems, have been tasked jointly by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to produce one of the standards that will make it possible to monitor, predict and manage power consumption: see CalConnect, OASIS, Team Up on Key Smart-Grid Project. For a PDF version see: CalConnect, OASIS, Team Up on Key Smart-Grid Project.

July 2, 2009
CalConnect Minutes to replace some press releases: The CalConnect Minutes newsletter, published following each CalConnect event three times a year, includes information about CalConnect status and activities, such as new members, major initiatives, work status. The newsletter is announced upon publication of each edition, and is available by subscription by sending a request to minutes-subscribe@calconnect.org. In the future CalConnect will use this newsletter, plus the CalConnect Blog, to announce new members, upcoming events, and regular publication of event reports, and issue specific press releases for individually newsworthy items.

April 30, 2009
ZideOne Joins CalConnect: The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium has announced that IceWarp has joined the Consoritum: ZideOne Joins CalConnect.

February 11, 2009
IceWarp Joins CalConnect: The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium has announced that IceWarp has joined the Consortium: IcwWarp Joins CalConnect.

December 18, 2008
Timezone Workshop at Microsoft: The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium has announced a one-day workshop on Timezones to be held on February 3, 2009, at Microsofot in Redmond, Washington, during CalConnect week: Timezone Workshop at Microsoft.

December 11, 2008
neutralSpace Joins CalConnect: The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium has announced that neutralSpace has joined the Consortium: neutralSpace joins CalConnect.

November 24, 2008
CalConnect Holds Second Mobile Calendaring and Scheduling Interoperability Test Event: CalConnect's Second Mobile Calendaring and Scheduling Interoperability Test Event was hosted by Kerio Technologies in Plzen, Czech Republic, on November 4-6, 2008: CalConnect Holds Second Mobile Calendaring and Scheduling Interoperability Test Event.

July 28, 2008
CalConnect Announces Second Mobile Calendaring Interoperability Test Event: The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (www.calconnect.org) announced that its second Mobile Calendaring Interoperabilty Test Event will occur on November 4-6, 2008, in the Czech Republic, hosted by Kerio Technologies: CalConnect Mobile Interoperabiilty Test Event.

May 30, 2008
CalConnect initiates CalConnect Minutes Newsletter: CalConnect has initiated publication of a regular newsletter to be published thrice yearly, after each CalConnect event. The newsletter will contain information from the last CalConnect event and the period leading up to it, including new members, major initiatives, and the status of ongoing work: CalConnectMinutes.

February 19, 2008
CalConnect Stages Largest Interoperability Test Event: The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (www.calconnect.org) announced that its most recent CalConnect Interoperability Test Event, February 4-5, 2008, was its largest IOP test event ever, and incorporated the first ever CalConnect Mobile Calendaring Interoperabilty Test Event: CalConnect Stages Largest Interoperabiity Test Event.

December 10, 2007
Stockholm University Joins CalConnect: The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (www.CalConnect.org) has announced that Stockholm University has joined the membership, bringing the total number of participating organizations to 40: Stockholm University Joins CalConnect

November 1, 2007
Microsoft Joins CalConnect: The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (www.CalConnect.org) has announced that Microsoft has joined the membership, bringing the total number of participating organizations to 39: Microsoft Joins CalConnect.doc

October 16, 2007
The University of Pennsylvania Joins CalConnect: The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (www.CalConnect.org) has announced that the University of Pennsylvania has joined the membership: Penn Joins CalConnect.doc

May 21, 2007
Four More Open-Standards Companies, One University Join CalConnect: The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (www.CalConnect.org) has announced that Princeton University, Scalix Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Synchronica Plc, and Zimbra, Inc. have joined the membership, bringing the young organization to 35 companies, universities, and research facilities: CalConnect May Release.

March 20, 2007
CalConnect applauds publication of RFC 4791, CalDAV, by the IETF: The IETF has published http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc4791.txt, Calendaring Extensions to WebDAV (CalDAV). The Consortium has issued a press release concerning the significance of CalDAV and its relationship to the Consortium at CalConnect CalDAV Release.

February 8, 2007
CalConnect Gives Guidance to IT Staff on Impact of DST Change: CalConnect has implemented advisory and vendor information about the potential impact of the DST change and how to deal with it at http://www.calconnect.org/dstdocs.shtml. The CalConnect press release is at DST Guidance.

January 2007
Interview with Gary Schwartz of R.P.I. about Bedework: CNI and Educause recently interviewed Gary Schwartz, the Director of Communications and Middleware Technologies at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, about their Bedework open source calendar project. Listen to the podcast at: Gary Schwartz Interview.

December 14, 2006
The Benefits of iCalendar for the Mobile Industry: The Mobile Technical Committee of the Consortium has released a paper documenting the benefits to the Mobile industry of adopting the iCalendar specification in place of the obsolete vCalendar specification currently in use. The paper may be found at The Benefits of iCalendar for the Mobile Industry and the press release is at Consortium Paper specifies how and why of iCalendar.

August 7, 2006
Apple Computer Announces Membership in CalConnect: Apple Computer has announced its membership in the Consortium. A member since January 2006, Apple has been strongly involved in the development of CalDAV and other calendaring standards, and today announced its CalDAV-based iCAL calendar server and an open source implementation of the server. The CalConnect press release is at Apple Computer Joins CalConnect.

July 24, 2006
Federated Freebusy Demo: Members of the Consortium succssfully demonstrated a proof-of-concept application which aggregated and displayed Free/Busy information for multiple individuals across seven different calendaring systems. The demo was conducted at The Open Group's meeting in Miami on Monday, July 17th in response to The Open Group's Federated Freebusy Challenge. The joint press release from CalConnect and The Open Group is at Federated Freebusy Demo Press Release. The presentation discussing the Freebusy challenge and how it was met is at Federated Freebusy Demo Presentation. The aggregation technnology is based on the Bedework CalDAV implementation, and the intent of the Consortium is to make the freebusy aggregator, the connectors to non-CalDAV-based calendaring systems, and the web interface publicly available as open source.

May 21, 2006
Media Alert for May 2006 Roundtable VI and Interoperability Testing Event: The media alert for the May 2006 Roundtable and IOP testing event was issued at the beginning of May: May 2006 Media Alert.

December 8, 2005
Media Alert for Roundtable and CalConnect Interoperability Event: The media alert for the January 2006 Roundtable and CalConnect Interoperability Event was issued on 8 December: Roundtable V Media Alert.

November 14, 2005
Harvard Arts & Sciences Computing Services and New York University have joined the Consortium: Harvard ASCS/NYU.

October 24, 2005
IBM and Trumba Join the Consortium: IBM has joined the Consortium, and Trumba has joined the Consortium

August 7, 2005
Media Coverage on the Consortium and the Energy Policy Act of 2005: Following the signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 by the President, the Associated Press interviewed Dave Thewlis, the Executive Director of the Consortium, for an article that received wide distribution including USA Today and many other local and national newspapers. Dave Thewlis was also interviewed on several radio talk shows and a podcast on Dr. Dobb's Journal.

June 30, 2005
Roundtable III Publicity Release: The publicity release issued by the Consortium following Roundtable III at Duke University, 1-3 June, 2005: Roundtable/CalConnect Interoperability Event Publicity Release.

June 29, 2005
DST and the Energy Policy Act of 2005: The Consortium issued a pair of Advisory Notices regarding the provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (House version) changing the start and end times of Daylight Savings Time as of March 2005. The Congressional Advisory is intended to alert Congress as to the implications of the act with respect to potential changes in calendaring software. The DST Advisory Notice is an more in-depth consideration of the issues.

The Consortium also issued a press release on its concerns about the lack of time being suggested before the extended DST change might occur. The CalConnect press release is at EDST Change Untimely

May 24, 2005
Media Alerts for Roundtable III: Two media alerts were issued prior to the Roundtable and CalConnect Interoperability Event at Duke University on 1-3 Jone 2005: Roundtable III Registration and Roundtable III Attendance.

May 23, 2005
Wall Street Journal Articles: Article in the WSJ Career Journal: WSJ Career Journal Article. This was preceeded on May 20th by a Wall Street Journal Online Article: WSJ Online Article; be aware that you have to have a login to WSJ Online to access this article.

May 9, 2005
Posting about Calendaring and Scheduling, and the Consortium, on the Ferris Research blog: Ferris Research blog posting.

April, 2005
IEEE Article on CalDAV: Article on CalDAV which also talks about the Consortium: IEEE CalDAV Article.

February 7, 2005
e-Pro Magazine on Roundtable II and CalConnect Interoperability Event: An article from e-Pro magazine on the just-completed CalConnect Interoperability Event and the Consortium Roundtable II in January. Calendaring Consortium Builds Momentum.

February 2, 2005
eSchool News: A fairly in-depth article with comments from interviews of several Members explaining the Consortium, and the issues we are trying to address. CalConnect aims for better electronic calendars.

January 18, 2005
Roundtable II and CalConnect Interoperability Event Publicity Release: The publicity release issued by the Consortium following its second Roundtable, 11-13 January 2005, hosted by the University of Washington, and the companion January 11-12 2005 Interop. Roundtable II Publicity Release.

January 9, 2005
SymbianOne Newsletter: Symbian, a Founding Member of the Consortium, issued its own press release on the public launch of the Consortium. Top Vendors (including Symbian), Users Launch Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium.

Linux Business Week: A pick-up of the Consortium public launch release. Oracle, Yahoo, Novell, Symbian, Mozilla...Yet Another Consortium.

December 14, 2004
Public Launch Release: The publicity release issued by the Consortium to mark its public launch. Public Launch Release.

October 5, 2004
Roundtable Publicity Release: The publicity release issued by the Consortium following the 23-24 September 2004 Roundtable on the Future of Interoperable Calendaring and Scheduling sponsored by the Consortium and hosted by Oracle. Roundtable Publicity Release.

August 20, 2004
CalConnect Interopability Event Publicity Release: The first publicity release issued by the Consortium following the July 29-30 2004 Event. CalConnect Interoperability Event Publicity Release.