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I am now chairman of the board of directors of CalConnect

Calendar Swamp - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 13:38
As of this month, I've been elected chairman of the board of directors of CalConnect. My additional duties consist primarily of running the organization's conference calls, which include twice-a-month strategic planning calls. Readers of Calendar Swamp know I am in the third year of a three-year term on CalConnect's board of directors.

I am always happy to answer questions here or offline about what CalConnect is doing to promote calendar and schedule interoperability, or better yet, visit the CalConnect Web site, consider joining the organization, and participating in its conferences. Registration for CalConnect XXXI, September 29-October 3 in Bedford, England, is now open.
Categories: news, opinion

CalConnect – The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium – is returning to Europe this autumn

calConnect - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:39
Our first three European conferences, in 2011, 2012, and 2013, were very successful, and our European colleagues encouraged us to return again this autumn. Therefore, CalConnect XXXI will take place in Bedford, United Kingdom, on September 29 – October 3, 2014, hosted by We encourage our European colleagues and others interested in Calendaring and […]
Categories: standards

Year 10 of the Calendar Swamp

Calendar Swamp - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:43
As this Calendar Swamp blog enters its tenth year, I continue to see Web sites and apps strive to reinvent calendaring, scheduling and meetings, but scant little real progress toward connecting the calendars we already have on our personal devices. As the Internet of Things rolls out, interoperability remains a crying need. Too often, the answer is to enter the Apple silo or the Google silo or the Microsoft silo and try to work things out in there. But more than ever, no one platform dominates. Open source doesn't appear to offer any near-term or long-term solutions. Standards, such as those promoted by CalConnect (full disclosure: I am entering the third year of a three-year term serving on the organization's board) offer some help, but without the active adoption of those standards by all important stakeholders (I'm talking to you, Microsoft), our calendars remain the roach motel of information: data goes in but doesn't come out.

Nevertheless, I shall maintain this blog as long as it is necessary. Given the recent scandal that shook the Department of Veterans Affairs, it is evident that calendaring and scheduling is, for some, a matter of life and death. That is reason enough to press on.
Categories: news, opinion

Observations from CalConnect XXX in Dulles, Virginia

calConnect - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:49
CalConnect held its thirtieth Interoperability Test Event and Conference (formerly “Roundtable”) the week of May 19-23, hosted by AOL at their facility in Dulles, Virginia. The week led off with the Interoperability test Event on Monday, which had 12 participants from 9 organizations onsite. On Wednesday afternoon, the Conference opened with a very productive workshop […]
Categories: standards

RRULES and RSCALE examples for Non-Gregorian Recurring Events in iCalendar

calConnect - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 10:12
CalConnect has just published a set of example RRULEs and the expected expansion set for ensuring compliance of calendar servers with the new RSCALE component that supports recurrences in non-Gregorian calendars (see for the RSCALE component, and for the example set). The examples are reasonably comprehensive for testing RSCALE and the implicit SKIP=YES […]
Categories: standards

CalConnect Welcomes 1&1

calConnect - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:19
CalConnect welcomes 1&1 Internet AG as a member of The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium. 1&1, based in Montbaur, Germany, offers internet and portal services to customers in Europe and elsewhere. 1&1 is a member of United Internet.
Categories: standards

Developers’ Guides for CalDAV and CardDAV clients

calConnect - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:37
SabreDAV have provided links to two new documents on creating a CalDAV client and creating a CardDAV client. While they reference SabreDAV they are general enough to be readily applicable to the server of your choice. You can find the links, and other useful links, at our Developers Page in the RESOURCES section of the […]
Categories: standards

CalConnect welcomes MedRed

calConnect - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 09:30
CalConnect welcomes MedRed LLC as a member of the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium. MedRed, based in Washington, DC, makes innovative, high quality informatics software for healthcare providers and patients. MedRed led the winning proposal for the Veterans Administration Scheduling System Challenge, and was the primary presenter at the VA Scheduling System Challenge Workshop held at […]
Categories: standards

Mimi Mugler of the University of California, Berkeley, Fourth Recipient of CalConnect Distinguished Service Award

calConnect - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:18
CalConnect is honored to announce that Mimi Mugler of the University of California, Berkeley, is the fourth recipient of the CalConnect Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented at CalConnect XXX on May 22, 2014. Mimi became the University of California representative to CalConnect in early 2007, and the UC representative to the Steering Committee […]
Categories: standards

Starter List of CalDAV and CardDAV Standards and Specifications

calConnect - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:07
CalConnect recently published a Starter List of CalDAV and CardDAV Standards and Specifications, a list of specifications and protocols recommended to people getting started with developing a CalDAV and/or CardDAV server but not yet fully conversant with the specs. The list is divided by major topic (HTTP, CalDAV, etc.) and each spec is identified by […]
Categories: standards

CalConnect XXX Workshop Preview

Calendar Swamp - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 12:35

William Smith, CEO of MedRed, and I discuss the upcoming May 21 workshop at AOL in Reston, Virginia organized by CalConnect, the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium, of which I am a board member. The topic of the workshop, and this conversation, is the VA's effort to improve patient scheduling. Last year, Medred led a team that won a VA contest to develop technology to achieve this. The implications go far beyond the walls of the VA and can enhance healthcare delivery throughout the industry. The May 21 workshop is open to the public, but registration is required.
Categories: news, opinion

Workshop on VA Scheduling System contest, May 21, 2014 in Reston, Virginia

Calendar Swamp - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 09:35
As a follow-on to the column I wrote last year about the Department of Veterans Affairs and its recent contest to improve scheduling in its VistA electronic health record system, I am participating in a CalConnect workshop on this effort, to be held on May 21. I will lead a panel discussion featuring stakeholders from government, software development, the open source community, CalConnect, and possibly others. There is no charge to attend the workshop, although registration is required. Please join me in Reston, Virginia on May 21 for what should be a memorable workshop and a milestone in calendar and schedule interoperability and the role it can play in improving the nation's healthcare.
Categories: news, opinion

Workshop on Veterans Administration Scheduling System at CalConnect XXX on May 21, 2014 – Agenda & Participants

calConnect - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 09:24
CalConnect was founded almost 10 years ago as a collaboration between calendaring and scheduling vendors and users, to further interoperability between calendaring and scheduling implementations, and work towards this purpose by driving the evolution of calendaring and scheduling standards through technical committee work, holding regular interoperability testing events, and hosting regular conferences, workshops and symposia […]
Categories: standards

CalConnect Workshop on the Veterans Administration Scheduling System – background and update

calConnect - Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:16
The Workshop will be Wednesday afternoon May 21st at CalConnect XXX at AOL in Dulles, Virginia CalConnect was founded almost 10 years ago as a collaboration between calendaring and scheduling vendors and users, to further interoperability between calendaring and scheduling implementations, and work towards this purpose by driving the evolution of calendaring and scheduling standards […]
Categories: standards
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