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

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 at the same time. She was our host for CalConnect XX in February of 2011, and she hosted the Board Strategic Planning meeting in October of 2012.

Mimi has attended every CalConnect event in North America since becoming the UC representative, and has been active on TC USECASE, and on the User SIG, which she was instrumental in starting and Chaired. She has twice served as Chair of the Steering Committee, from 2008-2010, and again from 2012-present. As Chair, she has led by building consensus in the Steering Committee, and she continuously has worked towards establishing, and furthering, a strategic direction for CalConnect and for the Steering Committee. Also as Chair of the Steering Committee, she has represented the Steering Committee to the Board of Directors, and participated at Board meetings, and at the Board Strategic Planning meeting. Mimi has been instrumental in realigning the Steering Committee structure, and working with the Steering Committee Ad Hoc on Restructuring in 2013-2014.

Mimi truly exemplifies the spirit of the award as we conceived it – commitment, collegiality, leadership and consensus building,representation of the calendaring community, and stewardship of CalConnect as an organization. We could not be more pleased to recognize and share Mimi’s contributions and accomplishments in front of her peers at our 30th CalConnect conference.

Starter List of CalDAV and CardDAV Standards and Specifications

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 a short description indicating what it is and what it is used for in this context.

This page may be found in the RESOURCES section of the CalConnect website; see the Developer Resources entry in the sidebar.

We are planning to publish a comprehensive CalDAV and CardDAV Protocol Reference List in the near future as a complement to this Getting Started list; the Index to Calendaring and Scheduling Standards may also be of use.

Note: The page was originally called “Getting Started with CalDAV and CardDAV” but we changed the name to more accurately reflect the content. The old Getting Started link is aliased to the Starter List page.

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

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 focused on calendaring and scheduling.

We are using the recent VA Scheduling System Contest as a jump point to explore importance of open calendaring & scheduling standards with respect to healthcare IT, and what changes/additions to these same standards would facilitate healthcare IT for patients, providers, and software developers.

Please note that this information is current as of Monday 12 May 2014. We expect that there may be additions and changes to the participant list and possibly to the presenters or panelists.

The workshop is open to the public by advance registration. To register please see CalConnect Workshop Registration. Lunch will be served at 1230; the CalConnect Conference will open at 13:30 and the workshop will begin at 14:15 as noted below. For more information about the location and other details please see CalConnect Conference.

Agenda and Schedule (Workshop Only)

1415-1530 Workshop on VA Scheduling System: Part 1 – Presentations

1415–1430 Gary Schwartz Welcome and Contextualizing the workshop

1430–1450 Wes Turner Intro to Vista and OSEHRA’s role in the VA Scheduling contest

1450–1530 Dr. William Smith Intro to Medred; How+why they got involved in the VA Scheduling Contest; the Health e-Time contest entry

1530-1600 Break and Refreshments

1600-1800 Workshop on VA Scheduling System: Part 2 – Panel Discussion

Panelists – Dr. William Smith (Medred); Mike Henderson (OSEHRA); William Cox (Cox Software Architects); Toby Considine (TC9); Ken Rubin (HP Enterprise Services); Doug Golub (MediSked); Wilfredo Sánchez Vega (CalConnect)

Moderator – Scott Mace (CalConnect director, Senior Editor – Technology at HealthLeaders Media)

The purpose of the panel discussion is to engage the CalConnect membership with the panelists in a meaningful discussion of healthcare scheduling needs and requirements in the context of calendaring and scheduling standards and interoperability. Out of this discussion we are hoping to learn, at a functional level, what does Healthcare have today in C&S, and what does HealthCare need in C&S that they do not have today, and what Healthcare will need tomorrow.

In turn, out of that discussion should come better understanding, and hopefully some C&S collaborations between CalConnect members, CalConnect TC’s, and the Healthcare industry. In particular we hope to identify needs well enough to determine whether to initiate work in this area, and hopefully additional organizations to participate in the work and in CalConnect.

1800-2000 Welcome Reception

The scheduling of the reception immediately after the Workshop is not accidental. It is intended as an informal, and more social opportunity to continue the engaged interaction and participation we anticipate that the Workshop will engender. We are investigating the options for demos of recent CalConnect work in scheduling.

Panelists (as of Monday 12 May 2014)

William K. Smith, MD, Leader of the winning team, Health e-Time, Chairman and CEO MedRed

Founded in 2004, MedRed, LLC is a medical informatics software company with offices in Washington, DC and Frederick, MD. MedRed’s patent pending Balto Smart form system allows patients and healthcare providers to capture and access the most accurate and up-to-date medical information and knowledge. MedRed clinical tools are used to help manage everyday and emergency healthcare needs. MedRed accomplishes this by employing state of the art technologies to ensure patient confidentiality, providing timely and accurate medical information and state-of-the-art clinical decision support at the point of care. Medred is a corporate member of OSEHRA.

Mike Henderson, Director, Open Source Product Management for OSEHRA

OSEHRA, the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in electronic health record software and related technology. Founded in 2011, the organization supports an open, collaborative community of users, developers, and researchers engaged in advancing electronic health record software and related health information technology. OSEHRA hosts software repositories for numerous open source software applications including the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VistA electronic health record.

William Cox, Principal, Cox Software Architects LLC

Bill is a leader in smart grid interoperability and in commercial and open source software definition, specification, design and development, and has done significant work in OASIS, ebXML, the Java Community Process, the Obect Management Group, and the IEEE, and is active in the OASIS WS-Calendar committee

Toby Considine, President, TC9

Toby is the Chair of the OASIS WS-Calendar and oBIX committees and the editor of the EMIX and ENergyInteoperation Technical Committees. He is active in smart grid interoperability and the GridWise Architectural Council and heavily involved in energy management and smart buildings. Toby was a member of the teams that developed the national smart grid roadmap and are expediting its development.

Doug Golub, MediSked

MediSked, LLC provides human service software solutions specifically for non-medical home- and community-based provider agencies funded through Medicaid Waivers.

Ken Rubin, HP Enterprise Services

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

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 through technical committee work, holding regular interoperability testing events, and hosting conferences each year.

Over the last few years, in the spirit of influencing and being influenced by the world, CalConnect has held open workshops on topics that the CalConnect membership was considering working in but were not necessarily themselves the subject matter experts, areas which perhaps medieval cartographers might have labeled terra incognita or mare incognitum. Healthcare is one such area for us.

In late 2012, The U.S. Veterans Administration announced a “prize contest” to “…encourage creation of systems that help Veterans make appointments to receive outpatient and ambulatory care from the Veterans Health Administration” and ultimately “…to replace the current Medical Scheduling Package (MSP) with a scheduling product which is a standards-based, modular, extensible and scalable …”

Recently, when the winning proposals were announced, we decided to use the VA Scheduling Contest as a jump point to explore the importance of open calendaring and scheduling standards with respect to Healthcare IT, and what changes/additions to these same standards would facilitate healthcare IT for patients, providers, and software developers. Out of this discussion we are hoping to learn, at a functional level, what does Healthcare have today in C&S, what does HealthCare need in C&S that they do not have today, and what Healthcare will need tomorrow. We anticipate that CalConnect, in partnership with Healthcare IT, will undertake work in this area if needs are identified.

With only two weeks to go before the Workshop (and CalConnect Conference), we are very pleased with the response the workshop has engendered. We have participants and attendees from Industry, the VA, and Non-profits coming together with the CalConnect membership.

The program consists of some brief presentations to introduce and contextualize healthcare scheduling, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Scott Mace, Senior Editor – Technology at HealthLeaders Media and a member of the CalConnect board of directors. Following the panel discussion is the conference reception, intended as an informal and more social opportunity to continue the engaged interaction and participation we anticipate that the Workshop will engender.

It is not too late to register for the workshop. If you would like to join us, please see CalConnect Workshop Registration.

Registration Opens for CalConnect XXX at AOL in Dulles, Virginia – May 19-23 2014

Registration is now open and hotel reservations are available for CalConnect XXX in Dulles, Virginia, May 19-23, 2014. The logistics page is located at http://www.calconnect.org/calconnect30.shtml and contains hotel booking information, locations, meeting venue, travel information, etc.

Our meeting venue is AOL’s Steve Crane Center at 22000 AOL Way, about 2 miles from Dulles International Airport.

The Doubletree Sterling/Dulles Airport is our Conference Hotel. The hotel is about 4 miles from the airport, and runs a 24-hour shuttle between the airport and the hotel which also stops at AOL. Booking at our rate is done through AOL Travel Services; information is available via the logistics page links above.

As always, the first half of the week will be an Interoperability Test Event and the last half, starting Wednesday with lunch, will be the CalConnect Conference. In addition to the regular Technical Committee sessions and possible BOFs we expect to have report-outs from the Contacts Sharing Provisional Committee and the FSC (Federated Shared Calendar) Ad Hoc/Provisional Committee.

We are pleased to announce that there will be a special Workshop on the VA Scheduling System on Wednesday afternoon during the Conference, open to the public by registration and to all participants at the Interoperability Test Event and the Conference.

In late 2012, The U.S. Veterans Administration announced a “prize contest” to “…encourage creation of systems that help Veterans make appointments to receive outpatient and ambulatory care from the Veterans Health Administration.” and to ultimately “…to replace the current Medical Scheduling Package (MSP) with a scheduling product which is a standards-based, modular, extensible and scalable, …”

Recently, the winning proposals were announced. One of the winning teams has accepted our invitation to attend, and to present at, the workshop.

The workshop is to discuss health care scheduling requirements, especially in the context of the Veterans’ Administration Scheduling System challenge, to examine possible changes or additions to the standards and drafts to better support the scheduling for health care.

Please contact us with any questions. We welcome observers and please note that you may register for the Workshop on Wednesday afternoon with no charge.

Observations from CalConnect XXIX in San Francisco

CalConnect held its twenty-ninth interoperability test event and Roundtable Technical Conference the week of February 3-7 in San Francisco, California. The event was hosted by CalConnect founding member Mozilla, which did a great job with not only the event logistics, but also making everyone feel very welcome, which was reflected in the very strong attendance at these events.

36 people, representing 21 CalConnect member organizations and one observer, participated during the week. Almost a quarter of the attendees traveled internationally to come to CalConnect XXIX, from the Czech Republic, England, France, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand and Switzerland. Attendance at CalConnect events is growing, international membership and participation are bringing new energy and perspectives to CalConnect.

We have just published the first architectural diagrams for Tasks from TC TASKS and for Calendaring and Scheduling from TC API.

Here’s what’s trending from CalConnect XXIX:

Trending – Membership

Six of the seven new “Emergent Vendor” members (a new membership category for small vendors and startups) were represented at CalConnect XXIX, including milton.io, our newest member.

Trending – Technical Committees (TC’s) and Provisional Committees (PC’s)

  • TC PUSH (PUSH protocol for CalDAV and CardDAV)
  • TC ISCHEDULE (intersystem iTIP scheduling via HTTP)
  • TC TASKS (VTODO extensions for new scheduling areas such as logistics, project and energy management)
  • TC API (Abstract API for Calendaring and Scheduling) was established from the provisional committee of the same name
  • TC FREEBUSY Demo-ed a prototype web client supporting VPOLL
  • A Contacts Sharing Provisional Committee was established to look at developing a single standard for Contacts Sharing

Trending – Interoperability testing

The interoperability testing was very successful, with 23 participants from 13 organizations. The CalDAV Test Suite is rapidly being evolved into a really useful general testing tool for CalDAV servers. A more detailed accounting of the interoperability testing will be available at CalConnect Interoperability Test Event Reports.

Trending – Documents/Standards

Much of the work in CalConnect is focused on specifications to become internet draft submissions to the IETF and ultimately be progressed to become RFCs (Proposed Standards), rather than be directly published by CalConnect itself.

Recently published CalConnect documents:

Calendaring Service Architecture
Task Architecture V0.4
Report on Roundtable XXIX
Report on Interoperability Test Event XXIX
7 Things You Should Know About Digital Travel Itineraries
7 Things You Should Know About Tasks

Recently updated internet drafts and published RFCs:

jCard: The JSON Format for vCard (RFC 7095)
Non-Gregorian Recurrence Rules in iCalendar
Support for iCalendar Relationships
jCal: The JSON format for iCalendar
Use of the Prefer Header Field in Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV)
CalDAV Managed Attachments
New Properties for iCalendar
Timezone Service Protocol
Calendar Availability (VAVAILABILITY)
Event Publishing Extensions to iCalendar

Trending – Organizationally

To facilitate broader understanding, CalConnect has retired the name “Roundtable” as used for its thrice-yearly conference and members’ meeting and will use the term “CalConnect Conference” or “Conference” going forward. The term “Ad Hoc” to describe a short-term exploratory committee has been retired, and will be replaced by “Provisional Committee”.

Wrapping it all together

CalConnect wishes to again thank Mozilla for helping to make CalConnect XXIX such a productive and enjoyable week.

At our next event, CalConnect XXX, to be hosted by AOL in Dulles, Virginia in May, we are planning to hold a public workshop on the Medical Appointment Scheduling System Contest sponsored by the Veterans Administration, with participation from the VA and from the winning team in the contest. We expect this will be a half-day workshop available to the public (by registration) and will be publishing more information as it becomes available.

A chance to observe – CalConnect in San Francisco next week

If you’re based or currently in the Bay Area and are interested in calendaring, next week is your chance to be an observer at the 29th CalConnect event at Mozilla, February 3-7 2014. The week is divided in half – the first half is an interoperability test event; the second half (Wednesday afternoon to Friday afternoon) is the technical conference and members’ meeting.

Non-members may always participate or observe at the interoperability test event – and we have a provision for non-members to come to a single technical conference as observers to find out more about CalConnect and what’s going on.

If you want to find out more check out the event web page at http://www.calconnect.org/calconnect29.shtml and the schedule for the week. You can find the registration information at http://www.calconnect.org/regtypes.shtml. Observing at the interoperability test event is only $350, and attending the technical conference as an Observer is now $395 (includes breakfast, lunch, a Wednesday reception and Thursday dinner).

There’s lot’s going on this time; check out the Schedule and Topical Agendas. The meeting is at Mozilla, Harrison Street at The Embarcadero. Come check us out!

If you have any questions drop me a note: Dave Thewlis or call +1 707 840 9391.

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