The mission of the Social Interest Group, part of the Social Activity, is to co-ordinate messaging around social at the W3C and to formulate a broad strategy to enable social business and federation.
|End date||31 December 2016|
|Confidentiality||Proceedings are Public|
|Co-chairs||Mark Crawford (SAP)|
Harry Halpin (FTE %: 10)
|Usual Meeting Schedule||Teleconferences: Bi-weekly, with additional topic-specific calls may be held on as needed basis.
Face-to-face: Once a year at minimum, three times a year maximum. The Interest Group may meet during the W3C's annual Technical Plenary week; other additional F2F meetings may be scheduled as needed.
The Social Interest Group is a forum that can formulate and steer standardization in social across the W3C (both in Working Groups and Community Groups) and work in co-ordination with other standards bodies, as well as community-led efforts. For definitions of terms such as "social" and "activity", please see the W3C Social XG report A Standards-based, Open and Privacy-aware Social Web.
The interest group should harvest use-cases that produce concrete actions for social standards and review standards in light of those use-cases. In particular, there will be a focus on the discussion of requirements of social technologies that enable both a federated social web and social business. Federation includes the creation of distributed and decentralized social software. Social business is the use of such federated social software to help the development and delivery of competitive products and services. It is intended that the forum not only focus on the use of social technologies within the enterprise and other organizations, but also identify interoperability with user-facing social software.
The forum is intended to include businesses, users, designers, developers, equipment manufacturers, social platform vendors, browser vendors, network operators, advertising, and other relevant participants in the value chains that require social software.
The group will deliver the following to fulfill its goals as an Interest Group Note, subject to discussion in the Interest Group:
The production of any Interest Group deliverables depends upon the resources available, and will change as new information, adoption, and implementation experience is reported to the group. As the deliverables are in general non-normative, they can be changed and maintained throughout the lifetime of the Interest Group to reflect the current landscape of social technologies. The group should work with other groups of experts to make sure issues of security, privacy, accessibility, and data protection are taken into consideration.
The following is a tentative list of external bodies the Working Group should coordinate with:
Participation is open to W3C Members and invited experts. The Chairs are expected to contribute one to two days per week towards the group.
In order to make rapid progress, the group MAY form several task forces, each working on a separate topic. The group members may participate in one or more task forces.
The Chair may call meetings consistent with the W3C Process requirements for meetings.
This group conducts its substantive work exclusively on the public mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org (archive) for Interest Group discussion and encourages non-member contributions on that list. Administrative tasks may be conducted Member-only communications. Task forces may use separate public mailing lists to conduct their work.
Information about the group (deliverables, participants, face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, etc.) is available from the Social Interest Group home page.
The Social Interest Group provides an opportunity to share perspectives on the topic addressed by this charter. W3C reminds Interest Group participants of their obligation to comply with patent disclosure obligations as set out in Section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy. While the Interest Group does not produce Recommendation-track documents, when Interest Group participants review Recommendation-track specifications from Working Groups, the patent disclosure obligations do apply.
For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Implementation.
This charter for the Social Interest Group has been created according to section 6.2 of the Process Document. In the event of a conflict between this document or the provisions of any charter and the W3C Process, the W3C Process shall take precedence.