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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION -- SECOND INTEROP TESTING EVENT - 11-12 January 2005
The second Interop of The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (CALCONNECT.ORG) will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, January 11-12, 2005. It will be hosted by the University of Washington and the venue will be on the UW Campus in Seattle, Washington.
This event will feature three separate Interop testing scenarios. Participating organizations are welcome to test against one, two, or all three scenarios. Please note however that these scenarios will be going on simultaneously so you will probably need a team for each scenario you participate in.
Space will be limited so early notification and registration is advised.
(a) Full scale interop: against iCal, iMIP, iTIP, essentially the same scenario as the one done in July 2004. The goal is to get results from testing by more implementations to augment the data from July -- at the July event Oracle and IBM tested; it would be very useful to have results from other vendors to augment the understanding of the RFCs gained from the July (and earlier) Interops.
(b) Min-IOP Interop: The Min-IOP Technical Committee of the Consortium was formed to identify and define the "Minimum Interoperable Subset" for iCalendar as part of the work towards the Calsify effort in the IETF. This Interop scenario is for implementations to test against that subset. The goal is to help define baseline requirements for the CALSIFY effort and to determine what the real world common subset actually is, so the more implementations tested against this common subset the more realistic and useful the results will be.
(c) CalDAV Interop: Oracle Corporation will provide a prototype CalDAV server for client testing, and work is progressing on the definition of the test cases for the scenario. Some vendors have expressed interest in being able to do a CalDAV Interop as soon as possible. This will provide early feedback to the server implementors, the CalDAV specification authors, and the client implementors.
WHO MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE INTEROPS
Any vendor or organization wishing to test a calendaring and scheduling implementation is welcome to attend whether or not they are a Consortium member. Note that Consortium members do receive a substantial discount on their Interop participation fee (see below).
CONSORTIUM ROUNDTABLE II
Technical committee meetings of the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium are also planned for 11-12 January at the same location, followed by an all-hands Consortium Roundtable on Thursday 13 January. Interop participants who are not Consortium members will not be able to participate in the other Consortium activities as they are reserved to members. However, a non-member Interop Participant can join the Consortium at the event and become a member immediately and be able to participate in the technical committee and roundtable meetings.
The registration fee for the Interop is $1500 for Consortium members and $2500 for non-members. The registration fee covers two individuals; additional individuals are $150 each for members or non-members. (If you are planning to participate in more than one Interop scenario you may need more than two people.)
Members: Please note that the Interop Registration Fee for Members also covers the registration fee for participation in the Consortium events for the interop participants.
HOW TO REGISTER AND FURTHER INFORMATION
Detailed information including logistics will be posted on the Consortium website as as it becomes available; go to http://www.calconnect.org and select "Interops Future". You may also register online on the website by selecting "Interops Registration".
For questions or more information, or to inform us of your plan to participate in the Interop, please contact me at the Consortium.
The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium