Wednesday, December 15, 2004 Consortium Tackles Calendar Sharing

[Update to Calendar Federation and Syndication at UC Berkeley post]  From Brian Dear comes word of, a new consortium to promote IETF's calendar sharing standards.  From the press release:

"This isn’t simply about calendar programs," noted Patricia Egen, Interop manager and member of the Board of Directors, who originated the idea of the Consortium. "This is about seamlessly connecting your calendar with others so that your professional and personal life runs more smoothly."

Infoworld notes, "members of the consortium include Duke
University, MIT, Stanford University, the University of Washington, the
University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California,
Berkeley. The group also includes NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the
Mozilla Foundation, the Open Source Application Foundation and IT
vendors Oracle Corp., Novell Inc., Meeting Maker Inc., Symbian Ltd. and
Yahoo Inc."  No Microsoft or IBM...

I applaud this effort and know the consortium has comprehensive and important goals, but there's still a burning question in my mind: given their stated 3-5 year time frame, what kind of ad-hoc, bottom-up, microformat (eg., hCalendar) type "standard" might emerge?  I guess we'll just wait and see... (eg., EVDB)

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