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X.400(1988) for the Academic and Research Community in Europe (RFC1616)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004215D
Original Publication Date: 1994-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13

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RARE WG-MSG Task Force 88: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The European research and development community, as represented by the member research networks of RARE, has lead the deployment within the global R&D community of X.400 electronic messaging services, as specified in the international recommendations CCITT X.400(1984), for more than five years. As a result of providing such services to the European R&D users it has become clear that there is an existing and ever increasing demand from these users for new and enhanced electronic messaging services and product to be used to communicate within the R&D community but within commercial service providers and organisations as well.

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Network Working Group RARE WG-MSG Task Force 88

Request for Comments: 1616 May 1994

RARE Technical Report: 10

Category: Informational

X.400(1988) for the Academic and Research Community in Europe

A report by the RARE Task Force on X.400(1988)

of the RARE Working Group on Mail & Messaging

Status of this Memo

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does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

1. Abstract

The European research and development community, as represented by

the member research networks of RARE, has lead the deployment within

the global R&D community of X.400 electronic messaging services, as

specified in the international recommendations CCITT X.400(1984), for

more than five years. As a result of providing such services to the

European R&D users it has become clear that there is an existing and

ever increasing demand from these users for new and enhanced

electronic messaging services and product to be used to communicate

within the R&D community but within commercial service providers and

organisations as well.

It is also clear that new services, such as Multimedia messaging and

Secure messaging, and the resulting products promise dramatic

benefits and opportunities, for not only the R&D community but also

for the wider commercial, industrial and public communities, in terms

of facilitating innovative ways of working and living which can only

enhance the missions and goals of the respective communities. Not

least the establishment of globally pervasive messaging services

between all users, R&D and commercial, is facilitated by the early

adoption of such advanced new services. An indication of the

importance of such a messaging service can be appreciated if one

considers that in many organizations (especially commercially based)

messaging may be the only method to communicate between independent

organizations due to security considerations and lower layer network

differences.

The Commission of European Communities (CEC) VALUE subprogram II has

been established to support initiatives relating to the development

and adaptation of R&D networks in member states. Amongst other

initiatives the VALUE program supports X.400 initiatives in certain

countries. VALUE support has so far been limited to X.400(1984)

initiatives, as X.400(1984) has up until now been the dominating OSI

services. However as X.400(1988) implementations have started to

appear a VALUE funded study of the X.400(1988) aspects of messaging

and their impact on the R&D community was felt necessary. This report

is one of the results of that study.

The report documents the results of a task force on X.400(1988)

deployment of the RARE Mails and Messaging Work Group during the

period from November 1992 until October 1993. Open reviews of the

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