Special Focus

CalConnect Establishes TC TASKS Technical Committee

CalConnect has established a new Technical Committee, TC TASKS, following the report-out of the VTODO Ad Hoc Committee. The TC’s Charter is to “Extend the functionality of the iCalendar and specifically VTODO object model to provide enhanced support for tasks including needs such as project management, smart power grids and business task scheduling, in a way that allows a calendaring system to manage the data and calendaring clients to display and change it.”

Interoperable Calendaring means never, never, ever having to enter an appointment on more than one machine

In the context of CalConnect’s mission, to advance interoperable calendaring & scheduling in practical and useful ways, one of our major activities is to promote open-standards based calendaring and scheduling to the general public as well as the information technology industry.

Interoperability Testing at CalConnect XXVI, January 28-30, 2013

The Interoperability Test Event will take place all day Monday and Tuesday, January 28-29, and Wednesday morning January 30th during CalConnect XXVI, hosted by Oracle in Santa Clara, California. For information about event logistics please see http://www.calconnect.org/calconnect26.shtml.

At this point we are planning testing in the following areas (Updated 30 November 2012):

Interoperability Testing at CalConnect XXV in Zurich

This was a relatively large session with 22 on-site participants, 14 from Europe, representing the following organizations/implementations:

  • Apple (iCal Server, iCal Client, iCloud Server, iCloud Outlook Client, IOS 6)
  • Bedework
  • CalDAV-Sync and CardDAV-Sync
  • Evolution plugin
  • EGroupware
  • emClient
  • Google
  • Kerio Technologies
  • Mozilla Lightning
  • SabreDAV
  • Zimbra

In addition we had the following participate externally:

Symposia at CalConnect XXV in Zurich

Please note that the Thursday and Friday 1030-1200 sessions have been exchanged; Calendaring Futures is now on Thursday and Best Practices on Friday.

In addition to our regular Roundtable Technical Conference sessions, CalConnect is offering special Symposia/Workshops Thursday and Friday mornings October 4th and 5th. These sessions are covered by the Roundtable Conference registration fee and are open to all registered participants.

Calling All Calendaring Clients – particularly those in Europe

We would like to send a special invitation to folks with calendaring and scheduling clients to attend CalConnect XXV in Zurich on October 1-5, 2012, and participate in the Interoperability Testing. There will be a number of CalDAV servers begin tested at the event, and this is a unique opportunity for European organizations (or inidividuals) to test with iCal server, Bedework, Kerio, Google, SabreDAV, and so forth.

CalConnect Leadership Changes to Board of Directors and Steering Committee

CalConnect announces new members on its Board of Directors, and on its Steering Committee (charged with the technical direction of the consortium).

On the Board of Directors, Ciny Joy (Oracle) and Scott Mace (HealthLeaders Media) join Gary Schwartz (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Pam Taylor (Sterling Commerce) and Dave Thewlis (DCTA Inc.). Mr. Mace is also known as the author of The Calendar Swamp blog.