Welcome to the Social Web Working Group (SocialWG) home page (https://www.w3.org/Social/WG)!
Social Web Working Group
- 1 Social Web Working Group
- 2 Participation
- 3 Discussion
- 4 Documentation
- 5 Implementations
- 6 Process
- 7 Media
- 8 Related Organizations
- 9 Applied for Membership
- 10 Invited Expert Approval
- 11 FAQ
- 12 Background
- 13 See Also
How to participate
To join this group
- W3C Members: If you are affiliated with a W3C member organization:
- Invited Experts: The chairs and staff may permit additional people with experience creating, building, and deploying social web implementations (especially on their own personal site) to join as "invited experts"; to pursue this option:
- Fill out the Invited Expert Application;
- Please indicate, in the form's "Additional information" field:
- Why you are interested in this group, AND
- Why you qualify to be an Invited Expert.
- Add your name to Applied Membership section below, and the chairs will contact you in about a week.
- Send any questions about this process to Harry Halpin.
If you are officially added to the group, you will automatically receive group email and your w3.org login and password will work on this wiki.
We currently use IRC, email, telcons, and face-to-face meetings for discussion:
- One-click to join web interface: http://irc.w3.org/?channels=social
- Logs: http://socialwg.indiewebcamp.com/irc/social/today
The IRC channel is logged on the publicly-visible URL above. You can bookmark the URL and it will redirect to the current day.
You can get your photo to appear next to your name in the logs by adding yourself to the IRC-people page.
- Dedicated to Social Web Working Group discussions. See public-socialweb archive. Read-write for WG members. Read-only for non-members.
- For Social Web public discussions. See public-socialweb-comments archive. Read-write for all, WG members and non-members alike.
- https://www.facebook.com/social.w3.org (UNOFFICIAL, run by WG participant elf Pavlik)
- https://twitter.com/SocialWebWG (UNOFFICIAL, was run by Erik Wilde, WG participant til 2015-07-07)
Our three chairpersons -- Tantek, Arnaud, and Evan -- rotate through chairing the telecons in that order. Agenda items for a telecon should be posted to its wiki page by the Friday before, no guarantee of getting to anything posted after that. If the scheduled chair is unavailable when telcon time happens, the backup chair steps in. Rotation continues normally, though chairs may swap back to make up for missing their turn.
Dial-in and Conference Code
IRC is a key element of how W3C teleconferences are run, please join the IRC channel (#social) before dialing in!
- Join IRC (#social) before dialing in
- Join WebEx meeting
- Or, dial: 1-617-324-0000 and follow prompts
- Meeting number: 642 112 960
- Meeting password: SOCL (7625)
- For your ID number, just press pound and leave it blank.
- (In case you need to actually see the WebEx meeting URI, it is:
Once you are connected to WebEx, select "Call Using Computer" (large 'button' on left), to have WebEx make the audio connection to you
- Choices: WebEx can call you, or you can call in.
- (Note: when using "Test Audio Connection", you will be muted).
If you cannot use WebEx, the host can initiate a call to you.
- The Chairs have a "host key". When one of them starts the WebEx session, they should enter that number, to be identified as the host.
- If anyone else is chairing, get host key from Tantek, Evan, Arnaud, Harry, Sandro, or Ann
- In "Participant" menu (top left), choose "Reclaim host role"
- Once you are the host, the "Invite and Remind" button becomes available (in middle of WebEx session screen)
- In the "Invite and Remind" window, select the tab for "Phone"
- Enter the person's name and phone number, and click "Call"
- That person will be called, and needs to follow the prompt ("press 1") to enter the meeting
Note we are no longer using Zakim for dialing-in, but we are still using IRC for meetings.
Teleconferences (telcons) are every week, except during summertime we are doing them every other week. Next Social Web WG telcon:
- chair: Arnaud
Next Social Web WG f2f:
- .. Fourth Social Web F2F meeting at TPAC in Sapporo, Japan
Next f2f is TBD. Meeting at TPAC canceled as of 2015-09-08 due to insufficient attendance commitments from WG members.
Teleconferences (telcons) are every week, except during summertime we are doing them every other week.
Liaison TF Events list - additional opportunities for spontaneous meetups
In case you can not participate in next meeting, please add your name to Regrets section on Agenda page of next telecon. If you sending last minute regrets and don't have possibility to edit wiki page, please reply over mailing list on agenda thread already started by chair of this meeting. 
For record keeping it is important that everyone attending our teleconference is identified. W3C's IRC bot, Zakim, which helps facilitate meetings using IRC in conjunction with the W3C's audio teleconference bridge, can help identify you but there are cases when Zakim needs your input. It is therefore important that before you call in, you first join the IRC channel (#social) and monitor it. For more info on this refer to Zakim's page.
- 2015-09-29 Telecon, Minutes (not approved yet)
- 2015-09-22 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-09-15 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-09-08 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-08-25 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-08-11 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-07-28 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-07-14 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-07-07 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-06-30 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-06-23 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-06-16 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-06-09 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-06-02 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-05-26 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-05-19 Telecon canceled due to telephone bridge issues
- 2015-05-12 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-05-04&05 Third Social Web F2F meeting at INRIA, Paris, Minutes for 04, Minutes for 05
- 2015-04-28 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-04-21 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-04-14 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-04-07 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-03-31 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-03-24 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-03-17&18 F2F (MIT), Minutes for 17, Minutes for 18 (not approved yet)
- 2015-03-10 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-03-03 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-02-24 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-02-17 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-02-10 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-02-03 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-01-27 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-01-20 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-01-13 Telecon, Minutes
- 2015-01-06 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-12-16 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-12-09 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-12-02 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-11-25 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-11-18 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-11-11 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-11-04 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-10-27&28 F2F (at TPAC), List of registrants
- 2014-10-21 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-10-14 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-10-07 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-09-30 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-09-23 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-09-16 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-09-09 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-09-02 Telecon, Minutes
- 2014-08-26 Telecon, IRC log - First formal WG call
- 2014-08-19 Telecon, IRC log - Informal call
- 2014-08-12 Telecon, IRC log - Informal call
- 2014-08-05 Telecon, IRC log - Informal call
- 2014-07-29 Telecon, IRC log - Informal call
- 2014-07-09 IRC log - Chairs meeting
- 2014-05-14 IRC log - Chairs meeting
- Scribes list - who's next? If it's you, you may want to check Scribe 101 and Common Scribe Manual and keep in mind key scribing prefixes:
- Scribe: Topic: subtopic: PROPOSED: RESOLVED:
As a scribe, after you're done minuting into IRC for a given date, e.g. 2014-10-14:
- Get the source of http://www.w3.org/2014/10/14-social-minutes.html (should have been generated by RRSAgent after chair asked for "trackbot, end meeting" in IRC)
- Convert from HTML to Mediawiki syntax, either:
- Use Socialwg/2014-10-07-minutes as a template to create Socialwg/2014-10-14-minutes
To document proposals, ideas, even specifications that are social web related, please create pages for them on this wiki and add a link to them from here.
You may preface your page names with "socialwg/" if you pick a particularly generic name and/or wish to indicate the scope in the name.
Social Web Glossary - precise definitions for terms we use in specs and documentation
So far WG adopted only one use case from previous work in this field: SWAT0
Main effort moved to Task Force in Interest Group - Socialig/Use_Case_TF
Social Data Syntax
- Social syntax
- Collection Comparison
- Online Identity
- User Stories
Main effort moved to Task Force in Interest Group - Socialig/Vocabulary_TF
Inputs Into SocialWG
Inputs into SocialWG, including specs from External Groups explicitly listed in the Charter.
- 2.0 Editor's Draft (Issues, Repo)
- 2.0 - Vocabulary Editor's Draft (Issues, Repo)
- Action Handlers Editor's Draft (Issues, Repo)
- List of github aliases of contributors to AS: Socialwg/Github
Documentation which is abstract (i.e. lacking documented real world use-cases).
Work we don't expect to accomplish as part of this charter but which we need to keep in mind while making decisions about the architecture. This includes both work that is already partly defined, and work that isn't but falls outside of our charter.
The Social Web Working Group workmode is roughly as follows, and may be iterated based on group experience:
- #Discussion - use IRC, telcons, email for discussion only
- #Documentation - capture proposals and conclusions here on the wiki
Issues and Actions related to this WG are managed via the W3C Tracker. See Social Web WG Tracker.
resolutions will be highlighted in minutes, and people not at meeting can bring up their concerns within the following week
A rough schedule for the work of the WG, originally based on Social Web WG Charter Milestones.
Social data syntax
- Review: Jul-Sep 2014
- Commit: Oct 2014
- First public working draft: Oct 2014
- LC: likely late 2015/early 2016 (charter v1 says Q3 2015)
- CR: likely early 2016 (charter v1 said Q4 2015)
- PR: likely late 2016 (charter v1 said Q2 2016)
- REC: (charter v1 said Q3 2016)
- 2016-12-31 Charter period ends.
- Review: Nov 2014 - ongoing (original review end date was Mar 2015)
- Commit: unknown
- First public working draft: unknown (charter v1 said Q3 2014)
- LC: unknown (charter v1 said Q3 2015)
- CR: unknown (charter v1 said Q4 2015)
- PR: Q2 2016 (charter v1)
- REC:Q3 2016 (charter v1)
- 2016-12-31 Charter period ends.
- Review: unknown in 2015
- Commit: unknown (was Jul 2015)
- First public working draft: unknown (charter v1 was Q4 2014, then Aug 2015)
- LC: Q4 2015 (charter v1)
- CR: Q1 2016 (charter v1)
- PR: Q3 2016 (charter v1)
- REC: Q4 2016 (charter v1)
- 2016-12-31 Charter period ends.
For more details see Socialwg/Related
Socialig/Liaison_TF takes care of coordination
The following organizations are also working on Social Web technologies:
mentioned in Charter
- Social IG
- HTML Working Group
- Web Applications Working Group
- WebAppSec Working Group and Web Security Interest Group
- Linked Data Platform WG
- Privacy Interest Group
- Protocols and Formats Working Group
- Web and Mobile Interest Group
- Federated Social Web CG
- Social Business Community Group
not mentioned in Charter
- JSON for Linking Data CG / JSON-LD
- Hydra CG represented by Markus Lanthaler
- Web Schemas / schema.org
- Web Annotation
- Credentials CG
- Data Shapes WG
- RWW CG
- WebID CG
- Unhosted Web CG
- ActivityPub CG
- PubSubHubBub CG
- Microposts CG
- Ostatus CG
- ODRL Policy CG - Web Usage/Privacy Permissions - represented by Renato Iannella
mentioned in Charter
- IndieWebCamp Community
- Internet Engineering Task Force
- ActivityStreams Community
- Open Mobile Alliance (Social Network Web)
- OpenSocial Foundation
not mentioned in Charter
Applied for Membership
Tantek Çelik has encouraged people who have applied for invited expert membership to list themselves here.
- Tibor KatelbachGitGit Open source Citizen Network with Semantic Web and Linked Data, we're a group developing Common Goods
- Rene Peinl has applied. More information needed.
Invited Expert Approval
To be approved as an invited expert, one or more of the chairs and/or W3C staff contact and/or their management have to vouch for you. They likely have different criteria for vouching, and may or may not document (all of) their criteria publicly. E.g. chairs & staff contacts:
- For me, an expert on the social web MUST be actively publishing social content on their own website. Merely sharecropping on silos or contributing to open source projects only makes you a hobbyist, not an "expert". -Tantek
- For me, an invited expert should be implementing social software, or represent a company implementing social software.
Arnaud Le Hors
- Given the applicability of this technology behind the firewall of an enterprise, I don't share Tantek's view on what constitutes an expert in the matter.
- In keeping with the W3C Process I will consider applications for Invited Expert status on a case by case basis. It's fair to say that I'm rather conservative in that matter, which means that by default requests will be declined. Invited Experts are typically well known to the community through participation in different forums, conferences, etc. When that's not the case, applicants have the burden of convincing the chairs and Team that they should still be granted this status by explaining why. Invited Expert status is a privilege, not a right.
W3C Staff Contact Harry Halpin:
- Temporary Invited Expert status is the most that can be offered to those whose organisation W3C believes should be able to join the W3C, but nonetheless a 6 month "test-run" of the WG was viewed as appropriate.
- For those organisations,there should be evidence that they have a working or planned product.
- For independents without an organisation (including universities and small non-profits), a public URL with working code and real users is necessary.
- A "vocabulary" does not count as working code unless it is actively used by working code with real users.
- Requests that do not fit these criteria will be redirected to the Social Interest Group.
- We revisit all accepted IEs, giving them until TPAC to prove their work.
Note also his management chain may have opinions:
- Wendy Seltzer (his manager)
- Tim Berners-Lee (her manager)
Please add questions which have been answered in IRC by the chairs here:
Am I Relevant To This WG
Q: Am I important or relevant to this working group?
A: Do you:
- implement social web technologies?
- or publish social content on a website you control? (social content, from you to others, regarding yourself and/or others, blogrolls (e.g. using XFN for social relationships, e.g. http://schepers.cc/ )
Or both? In either case, the working group can use your input relating to your personal experience with doing so.
Q: Will the teleconference call audio be made public after the meeting?
A: No. However, they will be annotated by a scribe and minutes will be made publicly available shortly after a working group meeting. For example socialwg/2014-09-02-minutes.
What is the role of the WG IG CG
Q: We should clarifiy the role of Social Web WG & IG and Federated Social Web CG?
A: Community groups are free form, can produce documents but binding only to members of that community group. Working groups are in charge of producing actual specifications and have set time to deliver. The Social Web Working Group (WG) has a charter with fairly specific deliverables (syntax, API, protocol) that it is focusing on. The Social Web Interest Group also has a charter which is focused on the research and documentation of social web use-cases.
- 2012-10-26 Federated Social Web Summit (notes, etherpad)
- 2012-10-31 TPAC Plenary breakout session: "Social Web" (minutes, IRC log)