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Welcome to the Social Web Working Group (SocialWG) home page!

Social Web Working Group

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Home Page
Tantek Çelik (Mozilla)
Arnaud Le Hors (IBM)
Evan Prodromou (e14N)
Staff Contact
Harry Halpin (W3C/MIT)



How to participate

To join this group

If you are officially added to the group, you will automatically receive group email and your login and password will work on this wiki.


We currently use IRC, email, telcons, and face-to-face meetings for discussion:


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.

Social Media


Next telecon: 2015-03-31 - Weekly W3C Social WG call

Weekly telecons take place on Tuesdays at 1PM US/Eastern (10AM US/Pacific, 19:00 Paris, etc, see time converter for more options), as determined by poll.


IRC is a key element of how teleconferences are run, please join the IRC channel (#social) before dialing in!

Dial-in and Conference Code
1-617-761-6200 or (SIP Instructions), SOCL (7625) #

Our three chairpersons -- Tantek, Arnaud, and Evan -- rotate through chairing the telecons in that order. The scheduled chair for the week posts the agenda for the week by the Friday before; if the scheduled chair hasn't published the agenda by Friday, the next chair steps in, and the rotation continues from there.


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. [1]

Identifying yourself

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.

Face to face Meetings

Liaison TF Events list - additional opportunities for spontaneous meetups

Past Telecons & Meetings


As a scribe, after you're done minuting into IRC for a given date, e.g. 2014-10-14:

  1. Get the source of (should have been generated by RRSAgent after chair asked for "trackbot, end meeting" in IRC)
  2. Convert from HTML to Mediawiki syntax, either:
    • Locally run it through pandoc with command: pandoc -f html -t mediawiki -o input-minutes.html
    • or try this online converter (experimental! Comments/bug reports to rhiaro).
  3. 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

Use Cases

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 Vocabulary

Main effort moved to Task Force in Interest Group - Socialig/Vocabulary_TF

Social API

API research

API candidates


Federation candidates

Inputs Into SocialWG

Inputs into SocialWG, including specs from External Groups explicitly listed in the Charter.

Activity Streams

Main article: Activity Streams



Documentation which is abstract (i.e. lacking documented real world use-cases).

Dependent Work

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.


Activity Streams 2.0



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.

Social data syntax

  • Review: Jul-Sep 2014
  • Commit: Oct 2014
  • First public working draft: Oct 2014

Social API

  • Review: Nov 2014 - Jan 2015
  • Commit: Feb 2015
  • First public working draft: Mar 2015

Federation protocol

  • Review: Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
  • Commit: Jul 2015
  • First public working draft: Aug 2015


Related Organizations

For more details see Socialwg/Related

Socialig/Liaison_TF takes care of coordination

The following organizations are also working on Social Web technologies:

W3C Groups

mentioned in Charter

not mentioned in Charter

Independent Organizations

mentioned in Charter

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

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:


Tantek Çelik:

  • 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


Evan Prodromou

  • 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. )

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.[2] 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.




See Also