A Format for E-mailing Bibliographic Records (RFC1357)
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This memo defines a format for E-mailing bibliographic records of technical reports. It is intended to accelerate the dissemination of information about new Computer Science Technical Reports (CS-TR).
Network Working Group D. Cohen
Request For Comments: 1357 Editor
A Format for E-mailing Bibliographic Records
Status of this Memo
This memo provides information for the Internet community.
It does not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of
this memo is unlimited.
This memo defines a format for E-mailing bibliographic records of
technical reports. It is intended to accelerate the dissemination
of information about new Computer Science Technical Reports (CS-TR).
Many Computer Science R&D organizations routinely announce new
technical reports by mailing (via the postal services) the
bibliographic records of these reports.
These mailings have non-trivial cost and delay. In addition, their
recipients cannot conveniently file them, electronically, for later
retrieval and searches.
Therefore, it is suggested that the publishing organizations would
e-mail these announcements by using the following format.
Organizations may automate to any degree (or not at all) both the
creation of these records (about their own publications) and the
handling of the records received from other organizations.
This format is designed to be simple, for people and for machines,
to be easy to read ("human readable") and create without any special
programs, and to be compatible with E-mail.
This format defines how bibliographic records are to be transmitted.
It does not define what to do with them when received.
This format is a "tagged" format with self-explaining alphabetic
tags. It should be possible to prepare and to read bibliographic
records using any text editor, without any special programs.
This format was developed with considerable help and involvement of
Computer Science and Library personnel from several organizations,
including CMU, CNRI, Cornell, ISI, Meridian, MIT, Stanford, and UC.
Key contributions were provided by Jerry Saltzer of MIT, and Larry
Lannom of Meridian. The initial draft was prepared by Danny Cohen
and Larry Miller of ISI.
The use of this format is encouraged. There are no limitations on
THE INFORMATION FIELDS
The various fields should follow the format described below.
The tags (aka Field-IDs) are shown in upper case.