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A Format for E-mailing Bibliographic Records (RFC1357)

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Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 11 page(s) / 23K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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D. Cohen: AUTHOR

Abstract

This memo defines a format for E-mailing bibliographic records of technical reports. It is intended to accelerate the dissemination of information about new Computer Science Technical Reports (CS-TR).

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Network Working Group D. Cohen

Request For Comments: 1357 Editor

ISI

July 1992

A Format for E-mailing Bibliographic Records

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community.

It does not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This memo defines a format for E-mailing bibliographic records of

technical reports. It is intended to accelerate the dissemination

of information about new Computer Science Technical Reports (CS-TR).

INTRODUCTION

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Many Computer Science R&D organizations routinely announce new

technical reports by mailing (via the postal services) the

bibliographic records of these reports.

These mailings have non-trivial cost and delay. In addition, their

recipients cannot conveniently file them, electronically, for later

retrieval and searches.

Therefore, it is suggested that the publishing organizations would

e-mail these announcements by using the following format.

Organizations may automate to any degree (or not at all) both the

creation of these records (about their own publications) and the

handling of the records received from other organizations.

This format is designed to be simple, for people and for machines,

to be easy to read ("human readable") and create without any special

programs, and to be compatible with E-mail.

This format defines how bibliographic records are to be transmitted.

It does not define what to do with them when received.

This format is a "tagged" format with self-explaining alphabetic

tags. It should be possible to prepare and to read bibliographic

records using any text editor, without any special programs.

This format was developed with considerable help and involvement of

Computer Science and Library personnel from several organizations,

including CMU, CNRI, Cornell, ISI, Meridian, MIT, Stanford, and UC.

Key contributions were provided by Jerry Saltzer of MIT, and Larry

Lannom of Meridian. The initial draft was prepared by Danny Cohen

and Larry Miller of ISI.

The use of this format is encouraged. There are no limitations on

its use.

THE INFORMATION FIELDS

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The various fields should follow the format described below.

means Mandatory; a record without it is invalid.

means Optional.

The tags (aka Field-IDs) are shown in upper case.

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