The Organizations Involved in the IETF Standards Process (RFC2028)
Original Publication Date: 1996-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-16
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
R. Hovey: AUTHOR [+1]
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. This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements.
Network Working Group R. Hovey Request for Comments: 2028 Digital Equipment Corporation BCP: 11 S. Bradner Category: Best Current Practice Harvard University October 1996
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 Society.
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].
Hovey & Bradner Best Current Practice [Page 1]
RFC 2028 IETF Organizations October 1996
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 resulting documents accurately reflect the consensus of the Working Group and that all processes are followed.
3. Key organizations in the Process
The following organizations and organiz...