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Welcome to the Social Interest Group (SocialIG) home page!

Social Interest Group

NOTE on September 22, 2016: Ann Bassetti (chair) sent a note to Wendy Seltzer (W3C management sponsor), asking her to formally close this group. For the last year, there was very little interest from the community to continue, and the bulk of the work had migrated to the Social Working Group.

It is possible, but not yet decided, that some group of interested people will start a new Social Web Community Group (CG) to explore additional technical ideas in this space. Benefits of moving to a CG are a) they are easy to start, and more relaxed to run; b) one does not need to be a W3C Member nor Invited Expert to participate. Once the Working Group finishes its current work, and the charter expires at the end of 2016, a CG may be a useful way in which to explore potential "Next Steps".

All of the work in this wiki will be preserved for future reference. Thanks so much to all participants for your contributions! -- Ann Bassetti''


Deliverables (from Charter)

Mandatory Deliverables
The group will deliver the following to fulfill its goals as an Interest Group Note, subject to discussion in the Interest Group:
* Use-case and Requirements Report
This report will document the use cases to drive social standards for both businesses and consumers. These use-cases can include personalization based on context, including location, activities, and connected devices.
Possible Deliverables
The group may propose additional standards work to the W3C, and may publish Interest Group Notes as needed. Examples of possible Interest Group Notes are:
* Social Architecture Report:
This document takes a broad look at all the social technologies and specifications under development, including summarizing their contribution and tracking their adoption. The document will then demonstrate how a subset of these can be used as a unified architecture. An overview report has been produced by the Social Web XG in 2010.
* Social Vocabularies:
Various standards such as ActivityStreams and RDF allow various items of shared interest, such as products and actions ("likes"), to be named with a URI for reasons of interoperability. Vocabularies are sets of these related URIs around particular activities (business processes, sharing, shopping). The Interest Group may maintain a list of shared URIs relevant for the use of social standards.
The production of any Interest Group deliverables depends upon the resources available, and will change as new information, adoption, and implementation experience is reported to the group. As the deliverables are in general non-normative, they can be changed and maintained throughout the lifetime of the Interest Group to reflect the current landscape of social technologies. The group should work with other groups of experts to make sure issues of security, privacy, accessibility, and data protection are taken into consideration.



Ann Bassetti (Boeing) -- new chair, with help from teammates

Mark Crawford (SAP) -- former chair

We are looking for at least one additional chair. If interested, please contact Ann Bassetti or Sandro Hawke.

Staff Contact

Sandro Hawke (W3C/MIT)
Harry Halpin (W3C/MIT)



How to participate

To join this group, if you are affiliated with a W3C member organization:

  1. Use the form for getting a W3C account or recovering an old one
  1. Have your AC representative nominate you using the form for joining this group

The chairs and staff may permit people to join as "invited experts"; to pursue this option, fill out the Invited Expert Application and the chairs will contact you in about a week. Send any questions about this process to Harry Halpin.

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


We currently use IRC, a mailing list, telecons, and face-to-face meetings for discussion.


NOTE June 2015: This group used to use the #socialig IRC channel. We decided to stop using the IG channel, and all use the WG channel (#social).


NOTE June 2015: Now that we are merging the "social" and "socialig" IRC channels, I presume we will have only one log:

Link for historical logs:

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 Interest Group discussions. See public-social-interest archive. Please preface the subject of any emails with either #Admin, #(name of the TF), or #(Relevant topic keyword(s)) to help manage us manage the discussions.


All Interest Group meetings are at 15:00 UTC on Wednesdays. The meetings alternate between an all-group telecon one week and a Task Force meeting (Use Case TF or Vocabulary TF) the next week.

(That is equivalent to 17:00 Central Europe, 11:00 US/Eastern, 8:00 AM US/Pacific. See time converter for more options. Not sure about daylight savings and other variations.)

NOTE: If someone located in Asia or Australia (time zones for which the current time is too late) wants to participate, we will work out a new meeting time. We want your participation! Please contact the Chair or Staff Contact.

Dial-in and Conference Code

(NOTE June 2015: Henceforth, the W3C will use MIT's WebEx implementation for the audio portion of all telecons. We will continue to use IRC for chat and real-time scribing of minutes.)

  • Join IRC (#social) before dialing in
  • Join WebEx meeting
    • Meeting number: 641 665 287
    • Meeting password: social
    • (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. If anyone other than Sandro or Ann is chairing the meeting, s/he needs to get the "host key" from one of us. Process:

  1. Get host key
  2. In "Participant" menu (top left), choose "Reclaim host role"
  3. Once you are the host, the "Invite and Remind" button becomes available (in middle of WebEx session screen)
  4. In the "Invite and Remind" window, select the tab for "Phone"
  5. Enter the person's name and phone number, and click "Call"
  6. That person will be called, and need to follow the prompt ("press 1") to enter the meeting

Next Meeting

If this is your first W3C telecon, please join the IRC channel at [[1]]. We can help talk you through how to dial in.

Face to Face Meetings

Next F2F meeting will with the Social WG at W3C Technical Plenary in Sapporo, Japan on 29-30 October 2015.

Past Telecons & Meetings



Process will be in accordance with W3C Process.


The Social Interest Group will meet bi-weekly for coordination amongst the various Task Forces. Individual Task Forces will meet at the discretion of the TF as necessary to progress their work.


Issues and Actions related to this IG are managed using issue trackers in repositories on Github:

Task Forces

Four task forces have been established to focus on various aspects of the IG responsibilities. these are:

  • Socialig/Use Case TF - Chair: Larry Hawes. Will define technical and business driven use cases around social
  • Socialig/Vocabulary TF Chair: elf Pavlik. Will identify social syntax/vocabularies and determine missing components.

Please visit their respective pages to track their efforts and to provide relevant input (see Documentation)

We experimented with two other task forces and archived them after long time of little to no activity [2] Socialig/Liaison TF & Socialig/Architecture TF


To document proposals, ideas, even specifications that are social web related, please create pages for them from the relevant Task Force wiki if so related, otherwise create and link to them from here.

Social IG TPAC Update Presentation (PDF)


You may preface your page names with "socialig/" if you pick a particularly generic name and/or wish to indicate the scope in the name.

Related Organizations

The following organizations are also working on Social Web technologies:

Longer list available at Socialwg#Related_Organizations

Patent Policy

This Working Group operates under the W3C Patent Policy (5 February 2004 Version). To promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented, according to this policy, on a Royalty-Free basis.

For more information about disclosure obligations for this group, please see the W3C Patent Policy Status Page.

See Also