- It can inspect messages containing calendar objects and extract availability information for sharing and publication. You and your users decide exactly which kind of messages it will inspect, whose messages it will inspect, and for whom no inspection or sharing will occur at all.
It can provide a Web-based interface to calendar information for users who cannot or choose not to use mail software with calendaring support. This is optional and your users can choose to adjust, ignore or disable this functionality.
It supports autonomous entities such as meeting rooms and resources, automatically accepting or declining invitations according to their schedules. You can adjust this behaviour to implement your own policies.
It is Free Software, giving you the freedom to see what the software does, as well as the freedom to modify and share the software with others.
Unlike some monolithic groupware solutions...
It does not require your users to change their mail client software.
- It does not insist that everybody must store their schedules on a single server in order to collaboratively schedule events.
- Instead, imip-agent takes advantage of the decentralized nature of the iCalendar and iMIP Internet standards.
- It allows people in your organisation to collaborate with people outside your organisation without insisting that they join your infrastructure or that everybody join some cloud service that keeps everyone's information within a single, typically proprietary, remote service (that may also be potentially vulnerable to intrusion and surveillance).
The role of imip-agent is to bridge the gap between plain e-mail and "full-stack" groupware solutions, thus allowing organisations and individuals to augment their existing infrastructure instead of being compelled to perform costly and unnecessary migrations and infrastructure transformations.
Adding Calendaring to E-Mail
Starting with an e-mail system, imip-agent can be used to add further support for calendaring:
|Your users probably want to know when other people are available and when they are busy.||Although iMIP supports this, most mail programs do not, so imip-agent will gather information about events and publish it for retrieval via HTTP. It will also respond to any iMIP requests for free/busy information via mail.|
|Organisations may want to coordinate access to resources using calendaring.||Here, imip-agent can provide autonomous agents that can respond to event invitations, allowing users to book resources and to see published availability information for those resources.|
|Some users may not be using mail programs that understand calendars and events.||Here, imip-agent can provide a Web interface to let them respond to invitations and to create and schedule their own events.|
According to your requirements, any or all of the above solutions can be implemented, providing as much of a groupware solution as you need.
Deploying the Software
Using the Software
Some topics related to development:
Details of the mechanisms employed by imip-agent are described in the following documents: