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The Organizations Involved in the IETF Standards Process (RFC2028)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002582D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 6 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Hovey: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This document describes the individuals and organizations involved in the IETF. This includes descriptions of the IESG, the IETF Working Groups and the relationship between the IETF and the Internet Society.

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Network Working Group R. Hovey

Request for Comments: 2028 Digital Equipment Corporation

BCP: 11 S. Bradner

Category: Best Current Practice Harvard University

October 1996

The Organizations Involved in the IETF Standards Process

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the

Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This document describes the individuals and organizations involved in

the IETF. This includes descriptions of the IESG, the IETF Working

Groups and the relationship between the IETF and the Internet

Society.

1. Documents controlling the process

1.1 The IETF Standards Process

The process used by the Internet community for the standardization of

protocols and procedures is described in [B]. That document defines

the stages in the standardization process, the requirements for

moving a document between stages and the types of documents used

during this process. It also addresses the intellectual property

rights and copyright issues associated with the standards process.

2. Key individuals in the Process

2.1 The Request for Comments Editor

The RFC publication series [B] is managed by an Editor (which may in

practice be one or more individuals) responsible both for the

mechanics of RFC publication and for upholding the traditionally high

technical and editorial standards of the RFC series.

The functions of the RFC Editor are performed by one or more

individuals or organizations selected in accordance with the

procedures defined by the RFC Editor charter [G].

2.2 The Working Group Chair

Each IETF Working Group is headed by a chair (or by co-chairs) with

the responsibility for directing the group's activities, presiding

over the group's meetings, and ensuring that the commitments of the

group with respect to its role in the Internet standards process are

met. In particular, the WG chair is the formal point of contact

between the WG and the IESG, via the Area Director of the area to

which the WG is assigned.

The details on the selection and responsibilites of an IETF Working

Group chair can be found in [A].

2.3 The Document Editor

Most IETF Working Groups focus their efforts on a document, or set of

documents, that capture the results of the group's work. A Working

Group generally designates a person or persons to serve as the Editor

for a particular document. The Document Editor is responsible for

ensuring that the contents of the document accurately reflect the

decisions that have been made by the working group.

As a general practice, the Working Group Chair and Document Editor

positions are filled by different individuals to help ensure that the

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