Since a lot of new participants have joined since Adam sent this mail, and some folks have reported difficulties finding it, I am reposting the following as a blog entry.
It is also archived in the archive of the public mailing list.
From: Abramski, Adam M Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 01:29:47 +0000 To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" CC: "Abramski, Adam M" Message-ID: Hi all, I wanted to welcome everyone to the Automotive and Web Platform Business Group! Looks like we have a great start from both individuals and companies looking to participate in this group! I believe there are probably other companies looking to participate as well but since many companies in the automotive industry have no experience with the W3C and have not participated before I'm expecting that they are running the CLA through their legal departments as well as getting some funding together. Since these activities can take 30 days or more for many companies, I'm thinking that we should hold off in having a conference call for at least another 2 to 3 weeks. I thought maybe I should take some time to give a bit of background about the formation of this group. In the summer of 2012, the W3C was looking for an organization to sponsor a workshop on Automotive and Web (http://www.w3..org/2012/08/web-and-automotive/). Since I work on the Tizen IVI team and since Tizen's main development environment is the web it made a lot of since for Intel to get involved and to sponsor the workshop. During the workshop there were many topics covered as you might guess including exposing vehicle data thru Web APIs which seems to have a center of gravity in a variety of projects including GENIVI Alliance (http://www.genivi.org/), Webinos (http://www.webinos.org/about-webinos/) and Tizen (https://wiki.tizen.org/wiki/IVI). Each of these projects have been working on very similar API specs. Initially, this will be the main focus for the group as can be seen in the charter (http://www.w3.org/community/autowebplatform/automotive-and-web-platform-business-group-charter/) of the group. Since mid to late December, I've been working on getting all the proper approvals here at Intel to propose and participate in this group. Now here we are! One last thought to leave the group with. I'm thinking of organizing a F2F meeting on Monday, April 22nd (which is the day before the start of the GENIVI All Members Meeting) in Barcelona, Spain. I would like to hear your thoughts on this proposal either over this email list or send me a personal email to the address below. I look forward to starting the collaboration on this project with you all. Sincerely, Adam Adam M Abramski Product Planner Intel Software & Services Group email@example.com