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Participation Requirements

For some activities, such as editing the wiki, you must formally join the group. See: more on participation.

How-to join - Phone

eGov IG teleconferences information
Day: Wednesdays (every other week)
Time: 9:00-10:30 EST (lookup other timezones)
For project meeting times, see Projects. Other information is the same.
Phone number: +1.617.761.6200 (Boston) or + (Nice) or +44.117.370.6152 (Bristol)
Conference code: 3468 ("EGOV")

Please, remember to dial "#" right after the conference code. If everything goes well, you should hear a beep meaning you've just joined the conference, and could hear other participants.

The teleconference system at W3C is called Zakim. There are more detailed instructions on how to use it. Zakim has an accompanying and useful IRC bot. Please read next section to learn more about it.

How-to join - IRC

In short, IRC is an online chat. IRC is used at W3C in conjunction with phone at meetings.

If you have not used IRC before, there is introductory information, useful tips and tools at: http://www.irchelp.org/ where there's also a FAQ. You can install an IRC client (some at the URLs above) or use a Web interface, such as the one at W3C or Mibbit (read Mibbit's privacy terms). The data needed to configure IRC is below.

eGov IG Teleconference IRC information
Server: irc.w3.org
Port: 6665 (try port 80 if you have trouble)
Channel: #egov

There will be usually some suspects among the channel users that are not actual conference participants. Those are called IRC bots and are kind of software that can run some automated scripts. The three most commonly found are zakim, RRSAgent and trackbot. They react to some commands they identify written on the text. You can learn more about the bots at:

You are also welcome to join the IRC channel at any time. You'll find there from time to time the chairs, group participants and people interested in this work.


Meetings are minuted and minutes are public. Scribe duties rotate among IG participants, so all should be familiar with these instructions.

Scribe duties

  • Taking minutes during the meeting.
  • Cleaning up the minutes after the meeting.
  • Circulating the minutes to the staff contact within 24h after the meeting concludes (staff contact will circulate them to public-egov-ig@w3.org).
  • Adding a link to the Agenda and Minutes from the Past Meetings page.
  • Updating the Scribe List.

Make yourself familiar with the scribing instructions and conventions at:

Tracking Issues, Actions and Resolutions

The group uses a tool called Tracker to track actions, an issue, action and resolution tracking tool for W3C Groups, with Web, IRC and email interfaces; e.g. trackbot is the IRC bot. The Group's tracker Web interface is at:

Please, read more about tracker and its interfaces at: http://www.w3.org/2005/06/tracker/