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Some Network Information Center policies on handling documents (RFC0115) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004867D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-10
Document File: 8 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R.W. Watson: AUTHOR [+1]

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC0115: DOI

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Network Working Group R. Watson Request for Comments: 115 J. North NIC 5822 Stanford Research Institute (ARC) 16 April 1971



The Network Information Center (NIC) seeks to facilitate the flow of information between sites on the Network and to and from other stations whose work makes them valuable as participants in the Network dialog. The NIC is concerned both with the techniques for the flow and with optimizing the content of the information itself. Some aspects of the work of the NIC in support of information flow are described here, and some suggestions made to Network participants of ways they can help this work.

All information handled by the NIC is available to any Network participant. All information generated by the NIC is unclassified and is without distribution limitation except as dictated by staff and budget size. Any information sent by an originating party to the NIC for recording or distribution is presumed to be unclassified and without distribution limitations as well. Any statement carried by a document thus submitted which seems to imply a limitation on distribution, quotation, or citation is presumed not to apply to its handling by the Network Information Center.


One important function of the Network Information Center is to make records of the existence of RFC’s, formal NIC-related manuals and reports, Network memos, other Network informational items, and other informational items of interest to Network participants, and to index these records so that such items can be recalled when needed.

To tag the informational items a serial number is assigned by NIC. The serial number has no intrinsic meaning, not even necessarily an indication of sequence of issue. It is a unique identifier and can be used to refer to the item in further communications, to facilitate indexing, and to allow numeric filing of documents.

Watson & North [Page 1]

RFC 115 Policies on Handling Documents 16 April 1971

Use of the NIC number has advantages in online dialog which are not yet demonstrable around the Network, but the cooperation of Network participants in applying one when a document is originated is important.


Items of information relevant to the Network appear in many forms, including technical reports, RFC’s, brief network memos, journal articles, and letters. Reference to these is simplified by assignment of a NIC number to each. To record the item to which the NIC number refers, a description of each item, using a set of standard data elements, i.e, author, title, etc., is coded and entered as an online system (NLS) statement into a machine file.

An example of a statement with typical coded data elements:

(A5480) *a1 James E. White #2 org *b2 University of California at Santa Barbara #3 Computer Research Laboratory #5 Santa Barbara, California *c1 An NCP for the ARPA Network #6 142p. *d1 21 December 1970 *f1 r *f2 o *rl UCSB CRL 12 *31 ARPA...