Welcome to CalConnect
Welcome to CalConnectSM, The Calendaring and Scheduling
We are a non-for-profit partnership between vendors of calendaring and scheduling systems and tools, and users of those tools. Our purpose is to improve all aspects of calendaring and scheduling, in particular interoperability. We do this by improving existing standards, developing new standards, offering interoperability testing for calendaring and scheduling systems and tools, collaborating with other organizations with similar goals, and conducting periodic conferences where engineers and customers meet and interact in a collegial atmosphere. Although CalConnect is not a standards development organization, virtually every important calendaring or calendaring-related standard over the last five years has been authored, edited and/or coedited by members of a CalConnect Technical Committee.
We invite you to learn more about CalConnect, and we hope you will become a participating member. If you have any questions, please use the contact form, or e-mail us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CalConnect XXVIII – Roundtable Technical Conference and Interoperability Test Event,
September 23-27, 2013, hosted by DHL Express, Prague, Czech Republic.
What we are working on now – major projects underway in CalConnect Technical Committees – become a member and help make these things happen
- Autodiscovery - One-stop setup for devices and new service providers for calendaring, e-mail, etc. based on internet standard protocols
- CalDAV Alarms - Extend alarm support to allow for cross-device dismissal, proximity triggers based on location, default alarms in CalDAV
- CalDAV Attachments - Extends the calendaring server to manage attachments
- CalDAV/CardDAV Sharing - Sharing calendars and contacts between users
- CalWS-REST and CalWS-SOAP - We need to (finally) provide platform and system-independent calendaring and scheduling operations APIs for web services - it's long past time
- Consensus Scheduling (VPOLL) - TimeTrade, Doodle, WhenisGood do it, it should be interoperable - scheduling driven by the attendees who get to vote on the best times and locations for group events
- Event Publishing Extensions - Calendaring standards need to support the rich environment of Web 2.0 (and beyond) for the publication of public events - rich text, participants and image support
- iSCHEDULE - We need server to server scheduling between dissimilar systems - we have had client to server scheduling for a long time
- jCal - More web 2.0 - We need a standard representation of iCalendar in JSON. It's a natural follow-on to the recently completed xCal (iCalendar in XML)
- Non-Gregorian Calendars - Establish a way for recurrences to work with non-Gregorian calendar systems, in particular lunar/solar calendars
- OASIS WS-Calendar - Working with OASIS to develop their new WS-Calendar standard (scheduling for the Smart Grid), based on xCal, CalWS-REST and CalWS-SOAP
- Tasks (VTODOs) - Extend the functionality of VTODOs to support needs such as project management, smart power grids and business task scheduling.
- Timezone service and registry - Full timezone support via dynamic server calls rather than embedding timezone information in events - no more having event times wrong when timezones change and your software isn't updated
- Use cases Use cases to establish the "holy grail" for scheduling - ad hoc scheduling with anybody
- VAVAILABILITY - New iCalendar component to describe availability, to 'condition' freebusy lookup and scheduling (e.g. you may be 'free' at 3 a.m. but you aren't available for a meeting)
- vCard Resources - Define the vCard representation of calendaring resources to ease the discovery and scheduling of resources between any calendar client and server.
More information about current work
- 21-May-2013 Software AG Joins CalConnect:
CalConnect welcomes SoftwareAG as a member of the consortium.
- 15-May-2013 SchedJoules Joins CalConnect:
CalConnect welcomes SchedJoules as a member of the consortium.
- 07-May-2013 BusyMac Joins CalConnect:
CalConnect welcomes BusyMac as a member of the consortium.
- 15-Apr-2013 CalConnect Announces new Membership Categories and Interoperability Test Event Participation Fees:
CalConnect has established new membership categories for vendors in the less than $5M annual revenue range, and for emergent vendors with less than $1M annual revenue. The Emergent Vendor category has a very low initial membership fee with a 3-year staged fee leading to a full commercial vendor membership, and pays a lower Interoperability Test Event registration fee. Only one member representative is permitted for an Emergent Vendor member. Interoperability Test Event fees have also been adjusted to the nearest $100 to rationalize them, addtional participant fees raised slightly, and non-member interoperability test event fees changed. See Membership Fees and Interoperability Test Event Fees for more information.
- 15-Apr-2013 Registration is open for CalConnect XXVII:
Roundtable Technical Conference and Interoperability Test Event, June 3-7, 2013, hosted by The University of Wisconsin
in Madison, Wisconsin.
- 22-Feb-2013 Reports from CalConnect XXVI:
The Report on Roundtable XXVI and Report on Interoperability Test Event XXVI are now available. The expanded format and content of these reports supercedes CalConnect Minutes, which has been discontinued.
- 19-Feb-2013 CALSCALE Ad Hoc Committee:
CalConnect has established the CALSCALE Ad Hoc Committee to determine changes and extensions necessary to iCalendar to allow recurrences to accommodate non-Gregorian calendar rules, and will develop a draft specification to be submitted to the IETF for broader discussion within the entire IETF community. The Ad Hoc is intended to complete its work and report out at the CalConnect meeting in June.
- 11-Feb-2013 TC TASKS has been established 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."
- 23-Jan-2013 The VPOLL: Consensus Scheduling Component for iCalendar internet draft
has been submitted to the IETF by TC FREEBUSY.
- 10-Jan-2013 CalWS-SOAP SOAP Web Services Protocol for Calendaring V1.0 has been published as a CalConnect Proposal by the XML Technical Committee. This document defines a SOAP protocol implementation of the abstract Web Services API for Calendaring.
- 26-Dec-2012 Version 2.1 of the Calendaring and Scheduling Glossary of Terms has been published: Version 2.1 adds 20 new terms including Autodiscovery, Consensus Scheduling, Event Publication, Managed Attachment, Timezone Service, VAVAILABILITY and VPOLL.
- 13-Dec-2012 Consensus Scheduling Workshop: CalConnect will hold an open workshhop on Consensus Scheduling
at CalConnect XXVI on January 30, 2013, at Oracle in Santa Clara, California. The workshop is open to non-members and
to those who are not registered for the Roundtable.
- 26-Oct-2012 CalConnect Minutes #15: The most recent
issue of the CalConnect Minutes newsletter, covering Roundtable XXV,
has been published.
- 15-Oct-2012 VTODO Ad Hoc Committee:
CalConnect has established an Ad Hoc Committee to review the state of the VTODO component of iCalendar, together with
outstanding requirements and use cases from other current work. The committee is to report out at Roundtable XXVI
and will recommend possible future work in this area to CalConnect.
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