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The Tao of IETF - A Novice's Guide to the Internet Engineering Task Force (RFC3160)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005357D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Aug-31
Document File: 39 page(s) / 98K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Harris: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document describes the inner workings of IETF meetings and Working Groups, discusses organizations related to the IETF, and introduces the standards process.

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Network Working Group S. Harris Request for Comments: 3160 Merit Network FYI: 17 August 2001 Obsoletes: 1718 Category: Informational

The Tao of IETF A Novice's Guide to the Internet Engineering

Task Force

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2001). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This document describes the inner workings of IETF meetings and Working Groups, discusses organizations related to the IETF, and introduces the standards process.

Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Acknowledgements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1. What Is the IETF? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 1.1 Humble Beginnings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1.2 The Hierarchy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1.2.1 ISOC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 1.2.2 IESG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1.2.3 IAB. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 1.2.4 IANA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 1.2.5 RFC Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

1.2.6 IETF Secretariat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

1.3 IETF Mailing Lists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2. IETF Meetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 2.1 Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 2.2 Newcomers' Orientation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 2.3 Dress Code. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 2.4 Seeing Spots Before Your Eyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 2.5 Terminal Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 2.6 Meals and Other Delights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 2.7 Social Event. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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RFC 3160 The Tao of IETF August 2001

2.8 Agenda. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 2.9 Where Do I Fit In?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 2.9.1 IS Managers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 2.9.2 Network Operators and ISPs . . . . . . . . . . . 15 2.9.3 Networking Hardware and Software Vendors . . . . 15 2.9.4 Academics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

2.9.5 Computer Trade Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 2.10 Proceedings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

2.11 Other General Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 3. Working Groups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 3.1 Working Group Chairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 3.2 Getting Things Done in a Working Group. . . . . . . . . 19 3.3 Preparing for Working Group Meetings . . . . . . . . 19 3.4 Working Group Mailing Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

3.5 Interim Working Group Meetings . . . . ...