The Organizations Involved in the IETF Standards Process (RFC2028)
Original Publication Date: 1996-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
R. Hovey: AUTHOR [+2]
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.
Network Working Group R. Hovey
Request for Comments: 2028 Digital Equipment Corporation
BCP: 11 S. Bradner
Category: Best Current Practice Harvard University
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.
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
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