PURPOSE AND SCOPE
We propose a trade group of social software developers and other interested parties who work together to create and promote open standards for the social software community. Social software blends tools and modes for richer online social environments and experiences. Some examples of social software are weblogs, wikis, forums, chat environments, or instant messaging, and related tools and data structures for identity, integration, interchange and analysis.
Social software is a dynamic and constantly evolving environment, rich with possibilities to create better connections between people. With a growing number of active developers, we need a central nexus to help drive the process of coordination and interoperability between different developers' products.
The alliance will:
- aid discovery of developers working on synergistic projects and standards
- assist in shaping open standards that mesh well with other alliance and Internet standards
- help promote each standard to gain wider adoption
The fast-paced nature of the social software space now argues for developing light-weight, easy-to-implement standards, following the Internet tradition of rough consensus and running code, but perhaps moving faster than the larger standards bodies. It is expected that those standards promulgated by the alliance which become widely adopted will be proposed to the appropriate general standards body or bodies: W3C, IETF, ISO, etc.
- First CFD published: April 16, 2003
- SSA Happening (voice/online meeting): April 18, 2003 (time TBD based on participants' time zones)
- BoF at Etech conference: April 22-25, 2003
- SSA Happening (voice/online meeting): May 2, 2003 (time TBD based on participants' time zones)
- Alliance announced with founding members: May 15, 2003
There is an email list and a wiki set up for the purpose of discussing the formation of an alliance.
list subscribe: blank email to email@example.com
unsubscribe: see List-Unsubscribe header in any list email
help with list server: firstname.lastname@example.org
registration for editing: http://www.socialtext.net/ssa-registration/
It is expected that similar and/or additional discussion and collaboration tools will be migrated to the alliance's web presence, once it is created.
President, Ludicorp Research & Development Ltd.
Chairman, CEO Broadband Mechanics Inc.
Cunningham & Cunningham, Inc.
VP of Technology, iVillage
Co-founder & Director, The Lafayette Project
CTO, Socialtext Inc.
Asst. Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
CEO, Polycot Consulting
CEO, Socialtext Inc.
President, Internet/Media Strategies Inc.
Co-Founder & CTO, Six Apart Ltd.
Co-Founder & CEO, Six Apart Ltd.
Online facilitator, Full Circle Associates