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Resource notebook framework (RFC0464) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003613D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Feb-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
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The purpose of this RFC is to present a framework for coordinating all the surveys and data gathering efforts concerned with "resource notebook" type of information.

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Network Working Group Michael D. Kudlick


NIC # 14738 February 27, 1973

Resource Notebook Framework


The purpose of this RFC is to present a framework for coordinating all

the surveys and data gathering efforts concerned with "resource

notebook" type of information.

We have obtained agreement from ARPA with the framework, which is

described below.

The scheme is designed with two purposes:

a) to avoid a proliferation of data gathering efforts, which

would overwhelm the sites and persons supplying the much-needed


b) to give the responsibility to the NIC for coordinating the

tasks associated with the resource notebook.

Two companion documents, NIC 14514 and NIC 14515 provide supplementary

information to this RFC.

NIC 14514 describes the history of the Resource Notebook from 1971

to the present.

NIC 14515 contains the questionnaire that the NIC is currently

sending to server sites for data on Network Resources.

A recent RFC by John Iseli and Dave Crocker (NWG/RFC #462, NIC 14434)

also addresses the same problem area.

The proposed framework for data collection suggested by John and

Dave is different from the framework outlined in this RFC.


The Network Information Center will coordinate the task of collecting,

verifying, and disseminating information of a "resource notebook"


a) Collecting and verifying the data.

Because of the magnitude of this task, regional data collectors

would provide assistance both to the NIC and to the sites

supplying the information.

We think that initially there should be five regions:

Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Mid-


The regional agent would collect the information from the sites

in their region and forward it to NIC for inclusion in the

Resource Notebook data base.

The NIC would work closely with the regional agents to ensure

that the data is accurate and up-to-date.

b) Disseminating data.

There is presently a need to prepare different subsets or

"views" of the resource notebook information.

Regardless of which groups on the Network are given

responsibility for preparing different views of the complete

resource notebook data base, these views should be available for

use on-line as the NIC as well as off-line.

A working group of persons interested in the needs and problems of a

resource notebook would meet periodically to review the situation, and

to make concrete proposals for improvements.


We welcome discussion on this RFC.

I you think it is desirable, a meeting could be held at SRI-ARC to

discuss the whole problem area.

If a meeting is desirable, we suggest it be held soon, say on Monday

March 19, 1973, at ...