These days we’re working on a cross-domain group protocol. Currently under the nick-name VOOT.
Foodle is one of the showcase applications for cross-domain groups, and we’re adding a few group releated features to Foodle to show how cross-domain groups can be useful.
I’ve also spend some time working on calendaring; and obviously scheduling things are one of the core features of Foodle, so we added a aggregated freebusy view for cross-domain groups.
Here it is:
The screenshot above shows you a group (eduGAIN) that can be accessed in any application supporting VOOT, and the view shows freebusy information from people from 6 different organisations, each with it owns calendar systems.
The default resolution is looking for 1 hour time slots of availability, but this can be set by the user. Here is a view where we look for 5 hours consecutive availability:
In the group management view, we’ve included a freebusy icon showing the current freebusy status of the group participants. Here from the UNINETT group (automatically populated based upon attributes from the federation):
Freebusy feed information has mostly been autoconfigured based on a template system per organisation – the intension is that the user should not really have to deal with that.
That said, the user may very well setup his/her own calendar feeds – people often have private and custom calendars.