[uf-discuss] CalConnect vCard Workshop - September 18, 2007 - Cambridge, Massachusetts

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Tue Jul 10 00:02:52 PDT 2007

FYI; note on-line questionnaire.

I would suggest that the microformat "community" is a "key player", and 
that this is our opportunity to lobby for the inclusion of 
date-of-death, gender and perhaps place-of-birth/death (also useful in 
genealogy & biography).

In message <4692C6A2.2020000 at calconnect.org>, Dave Thewlis 
<Dave.Thewlis at calconnect.org> writes

>CalConnect invites you to a a one-day open workshop on vCard and what 
>should be done about it on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, at M.I.T. in 
>Cambridge, Massachusetts. This event is _open_ to vendors, customers, 
>CalConnect members and non-members alike. There is no fee, but you 
>_must_ register in advance and numbers are limited. Please see
>http://www.calconnect.org/vcardworkshop.shtml for more information and 
>links to the registration <http://www.calconnect.org/vcardreg.shtml> 
>and logistics <http://www.calconnect.org/vcardworkshoplogistics.shtml> 
>pages, a general discussion list 
><http://www.calconnect.org/vcardworkshoplist.shtml> about the workshop, 
>and a questionnaire 
><http://www.calconnect.org/vcardquestionnaire.shtml> to give us more 
>guidance to make the workshop as productive as possible.
>>From the workshop introduction page:
>vCard is a well established standard for representing and transferring 
>contact information on computer systems and mobile devices. Having been 
>in use for a while, a number of areas of the specification have been 
>noted as problematic and in need of revision for fixes or enhancements. 
>To that end, CalConnect (the Calendaring & Scheduling Consortium) is 
>hosting a one day vCard-focused workshop event at M.I.T. in Cambridge, 
>Massachusetts in September with the goal of bringing together the key 
>players to help move forward vCard revision efforts.
>Note that an effort is already under way at the IETF (Internet 
>Engineering Task Force) to develop a personal address book access 
>protocol based on the CardDAV specification, and since that is based on 
>vCard, a revision of the vCard specification will be taking place 
>within the IETF. However, bringing together interested parties in a 
>focused discussion at a workshop can help drive that effort and provide 
>supporting input to it to ensure the specific needs of the key players 
>is covered.
>The goal of the workshop is two-fold. First to determine the real 
>interest in revising the vCard specification, and second to determine 
>what needs to be revised and how to go about doing that.
>If you are not a CalConnect member, this is also an opportunity to stay 
>on for Roundtable X <http://www.calconnect.org/roundtable10.shtml> as 
>an observer, and we'd be delighted to have you; you will have to 
>register separately for the Roundtable.
>Regardless of whether or not you are interested in attending the 
>workshop, we would appreciate it very much if you would take a few 
>minutes to fill out the questionnaire 
><http://www.calconnect.org/vcardquestionnaire.shtml>, as this will help 
>provide the workshop participants with guidance as to the directions 
>any progression on vCard should take.
>*Dave Thewlis, Executive Director
>Calconnect - The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium*
>+1 707 840 9391 (voice) · +1 707 498 2238 (mobile)
>http://www.calconnect.org · Dave.Thewlis at calconnect.org 
><mailto:Dave.Thewlis at calconnect.org>

Andy Mabbett

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