Responding to user needs (RFC0462)
Original Publication Date: 1973-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
J. Iseli: AUTHOR [+1]
Network Working Group Jean Iseli (MITRE) RFC # 462 Dave Crocker (UCLA-NMC) NIC # 14434 February 22, 1973
Responding to User Needs
The ARPANET is currently undergoing a transition to an environment in which network resources will be made available to a larger user base. This emergent user base already contains a significant number of terminal users not associated with a server site. Information relative to network host services and access characteristics is needed to encourage and assist new users.
To date, the Resources Notebook has been the primary outlet for efforts to provide users with Network-wide information. A separate RFC, from the NIC, discusses the past and current history more completely. In this RFC, we would like to second the NIC’s suggestion for the formation of a Working Group concerned with User Information and Services, and we would like to offer a specific suggestion for consideration at the NIC’s proposed meeting.
Many of the problems associated with the lack of adequate Network information are caused by the many compilation steps. Too many resources (most of them human) are required. In addition to delay, errors are introduced. Part of the solution is to place the acquisition of basic information closer to the source and make the source responsible for the acquisition and maintenance.
The "source" is distributed around the Network and, therefore, the proposal is to develop and implement a distributed and extensible network data-base...