Schools and colleges rely on scheduling and calendaring software for everything from making personal appointments to propagating class schedules. But as the popularity of these tools has grown, the absence of true interoperability between various proprietary programs has become a major concern, according to a new group called the Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium (CalConnect).

The group has come together to build greater interoperability among calendaring programs, platforms, and technologies. So far, it includes seven commercial software vendors, seven universities, a research center, and two open-source foundations.

The founding members of the consortium include...

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