The Social Web Incubator Community Group (also known as SocialCG, or SWICG) is the successor of the Social Web Working Group, which ran from 2014 to 2017. The SocialCG provides space to collaborate and coordinate for implementors who are building on any of the specifications published by the Social Web WG, and related technologies. It is also a place to incubate new proposals which build on or complement the Social Web WG recommendations.
Discussions and meeting announcements happen on the SocialHub forum or on project-specific version control repositories.
Meetings are not always weekly, but can be requested or convened by any member of the group. If you have a specific item to discuss, please contact a chair if you need help with meeting logistics, and make a post on the SocialHub forum, ideally with two or more weeks notice.
Apologies in advance to those who can’t make it, let’s continue the discussion on what we can do to accommodate more people (perhaps alternate biweekly calls, one on Fri and one on Saturday, etc).
1) (NON-AGENDA item) Although the common first call agenda tradition is introductions, I’m wondering if we can shortcut the introduction process by doing it elsewhere, such as on the SWICG mailing list, or SocialHub forum. Otherwise there’s a good chance that we’ll take up the whole call with introductions.
2) Overview of the W3C Community Group process (code of conduct, governance, etc) to refresh our memories.
3) Discussion and proposals for:
* What are the goals and current focus of SWICG
* What is SWICG’s relationship with the other centers of community and discussion, such as SocialHub https://socialhub.activitypub.rocks/, Fediverse Enhancement Proposals (FEP) https://codeberg.org/fediverse/fep, the Fedidevs Matrix chat rooms. (My view on this: We can all work together with those communities, without co-opting or interference.)
* Governance process for adopting Work Items. (For a good example of an existing effective Work Item Process, see the Credential Community Group’s process doc: https://w3c-ccg.github.io/workitem-process/ )
We’re planning the first call for the SWICG. This will be on Friday, May 5th of 2017 at 4PM GMT. This will be a loose call, mostly talking about what’s currently happening in the federated social web and discussing what topics we’d like to take on as a group.
The call will be over the Mumble Voice over IP system, but will be transcribed to IRC. (Users unable or unwilling to speak over voice will be represented on the call by dictating their communication over the call.)
Connect on IRC to #social on irc.w3.org
Set up Mumble and connect to: dustycloud.org / port 64738 / password “goblincamp”. Join the Social Web Incubator Community Group channel.
Mumble is easy to use (and there are a couple of mobile clients available) but if this is your first time using it, please connect 15 minutes early to make sure your audio system is working correctly. You’ll need a microphone and to *wear headphones*… otherwise audio will echo and that’s no fun for anyone.
We’re still figuring some things out, but loosely, we’re following the Django Code of Conduct. If you’re unfamiliar, have a read of it!
That’s it… look forward to seeing you at the call!
The purpose of the Social Web Incubator Community Group is to continue and extend the development of vocabularies, formats and protocols to support the distributed / federated social web, as well as related technologies (such as anti-abuse and anti-spam techniques suitable for an open web). This group continues the work of the W3C Social Web Working Group. As proposals gain support and become more stable and mature, they will be considered for migration to a W3C Working Group where they can be put on the Recommendation track with appropriate status and Intellectual Property (IP) considerations.
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