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Charter for ARPANET Users Interest Working Group (RFC0584) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003664D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 3K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J. Iseli: AUTHOR [+2]

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC0584: DOI

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Network Working Group J. Iseli (MITRE-TIP) Request for Comments: 584 D. Crocker (UCLA-NMC) NIC 19025 and 20049 N. Neigus (BBN-NET) USING Note 6 6 November 1973 Categories: Users

Charter for Arpanet Users Interest Working Group


The ARPANET Users Interest Working Group (NIC Ident = USING) was formed at a meeting of 15 network people on May 23, 1973 in an attempt to improve the Network user’s working environment. USING will attempt to represent the interests and needs of users in the Network community, so as to increase awareness of user requirements and encourage better provision of the neeed services. The group believes that the network is moving beyond a concentration of resources in self-perpetuating research and development; the Network is becoming a service and its viability as such is dependent on user satisfaction.

A second group, the ARPANET Users Group (NIC Ident = USERS) is organized as a forum for users to express their desires and complaints. Acting as a steering committee and lobby for this group, USING will forward their ideas to the appropriate centers.


Group membership, in USING, is open to individuals interested in working to improve Network user support and able and willing to make meaningful contributions to USING’s activities.

Membership, in USERS, is open to any interested person.


USING has set as its scope those facets of Network activity that affect the provision of services to users. This includes the availability of resources, their reliability and ease of use.


USING’s overall goal is to ensure that the ARPANET becomes a coherent system in which users can regulate their own working environment according to their level of experience and the degree of transparency (of specific...