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Network Working Group Richard Hovey Network Working Group Richard Hovey
Internet Draft Digital Equipment Corporation Internet Draft Digital Equipment Corporation
Scott Bradner Scott Bradner
Harvard University Harvard University
February 1996
The Organizations Involved in the IETF Standards Process The Organizations Involved in the IETF Standards Process
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Status of this Memo Status of this Memo
This document is an Internet-Draft. Internet-Drafts are working This document is an Internet-Draft. Internet-Drafts are working
documents of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), its areas, documents of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), its areas,
and its working groups. Note that other groups may also distribute and its working groups. Note that other groups may also distribute
working documents as Internet-Drafts. working documents as Internet-Drafts.
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Abstract Abstract
This document describes the organizations involved in the IETF. This This document describes the organizations involved in the IETF. This
includes descriptions of the IESG and Working Groups and the includes descriptions of the IESG and Working Groups and the
relationship with the Internet Society. relationship with the Internet Society.
1. Internet Standards Organizations and Roles 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. Internet Standards Organizations and Roles
The following organizations and organizational roles are involved in The following organizations and organizational roles are involved in
the Internet standards process. Contact information is contained in the Internet standards process. Contact information is contained in
Appendix A. Appendix A.
1.1 Internet Engineering Task Force 2.1 Internet Engineering Task Force
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is an open international The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is an open international
community of network designers, operators, vendors and researchers community of network designers, operators, vendors and researchers
concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the
smooth operation of the Internet. It is the principal body engaged smooth operation of the Internet. It is the principal body engaged
in the development of new Internet Standard specifications. in the development of new Internet Standard specifications.
1.2 IETF Working Groups 2.2 IETF Working Groups
The technical work of the IETF is done in its Working Groups, which The technical work of the IETF is done in its Working Groups, which
are organized by topics into several Areas (e.g., routing, network are organized by topics into several Areas (e.g., routing, network
management, security, etc.) under the coordination of Area Directors. management, security, etc.) under the coordination of Area Directors.
Working Groups typically have a narrow focus and a lifetime bounded Working Groups typically have a narrow focus and a lifetime bounded
by completion of a specific task. by completion of a specific task.
IETF Working Groups display a spirit of cooperation as well as a high
degree of technical maturity because IETF participants recognize that
the greatest benefit for all members of the Internet community
results from cooperative development of technically superior
protocols and services.
For all purposes relevant to the Internet Standards development For all purposes relevant to the Internet Standards development
process, membership in the IETF and its Working Groups is defined to process, membership in the IETF and its Working Groups is defined to
be established solely and entirely by individual participation in be established solely and entirely by individual participation in
IETF and Working Group activities. Participation in the IETF and its IETF and Working Group activities. Participation in the IETF and its
Working Groups is by individual technical contributors rather than by Working Groups is by individual technical contributors rather than by
formal representatives of organizations. formal representatives of organizations.
Anyone with the time and interest to do so is entitled and urged to Anyone with the time and interest to do so is entitled and urged to
participate actively in one or more IETF Working Groups and to attend participate actively in one or more IETF Working Groups and to attend
IETF meetings which are held three times a year. In most cases IETF meetings which are held three times a year. In most cases
active Working Group participation is possible through electronic active Working Group participation is possible through electronic
mail alone. Internet video conferencing is also being used to allow mail alone. Internet video conferencing is also being used to allow
for remote participation. for remote participation.
To ensure a fair and open process, a participant in the IETF and its To ensure a fair and open process, participants in the IETF and its
Working Groups must be able to disclose, and must disclose to the Working Groups must be able to disclose, and must disclose to the
Working Group chair, any current or pending intellectual property or Working Group chairs any relevant current or pending intellectual
other rights which are relevant to the technical specifications under property rights that are reasonably and personally known to the
development by the Working Group. Such disclosures are restricted to participant if they participate in discussions about a specific
intellectual property rights which are reasonably and personally technology.
known to the participant.
New Working Groups are established within the IETF by explicit
charter. The guidelines and procedures for the formation and
operation of IETF working groups are described in detail in [A].
A Working Group is managed by one or more Working Group chairs (see A Working Group is managed by one or more Working Group chairs (see
section 1.9) and may also include editors of documents that record section 2.9). It may also include editors of documents that record
the group's work (see section 1.10). New Working Groups are the group's work (see section 2.10). Further details of Working Group
established within the IETF by explicit charter. The guidelines and operation are contained in [A]
procedures for the formation and operation of IETF working groups are
described in more detail in [A].
1.3 IETF Secretariat IETF Working Groups display a spirit of cooperation as well as a high
degree of technical maturity; IETF participants recognize that the
greatest benefit for all members of the Internet community results
from cooperative development of technically superior protocols and
services.
2.3 IETF Secretariat
The administrative functions necessary to support the activities of The administrative functions necessary to support the activities of
the IETF are performed by a Secretariat consisting of the IESG the IETF are performed by a Secretariat consisting of the IESG
Secretary and his or her staff. The IESG Secretary is the formal Secretary and his or her staff. The IESG Secretary is the formal
point of contact for matters concerning any and all aspects of the point of contact for matters concerning any and all aspects of the
Internet standards process, and is responsible for maintaining the Internet standards process, and is responsible for maintaining the
formal public record of the Internet standards process [B]. formal public record of the Internet standards process [B].
1.4 Internet Society 2.4 Internet Society
The Internet Society (ISOC) is an international organization The Internet Society (ISOC) is an international organization
concerned with the growth and evolution of the worldwide Internet and concerned with the growth and evolution of the worldwide Internet and
with the social, political, and technical issues that arise from its with the social, political, and technical issues that arise from its
use. The ISOC is an organization with individual and organizational use. The ISOC is an organization with individual and organizational
members. The ISOC is managed by a Board of Trustees elected by the members. The ISOC is managed by a Board of Trustees elected by the
worldwide individual membership. worldwide individual membership.
The ISOC exercises oversight of Internet standardization though the Internet standardization is an organized activity of the ISOC, with
Board of Trustees, which is responsible for ratifying the procedures the Board of Trustees being responsible for ratifying the procedures
and rules of the Internet standards process. and rules of the Internet standards process [B].
The way in which the members of the ISOC Board of Trustees are The way in which the members of the ISOC Board of Trustees are
selected, and other matters concerning the operation of the Internet selected, and other matters concerning the operation of the Internet
Society, are described in the ISOC By Laws [C]. Society, are described in the ISOC By Laws [C].
1.5 Internet Engineering Steering Group 2.5 Internet Engineering Steering Group
The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) is chartered by the The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) is the part of the
Internet Society with responsiblty for the management of the IETF Internet Society responsible for the management of the IETF technical
technical activities. It administers the Internet Standards process activities. It administers the Internet Standards process according
according to the rules and procedures defined in [B]. The IESG is to the rules and procedures defined in [B]. The IESG is responsible
responsible for the actions associated with the progression of for the actions associated with the progression of technical
technical specification along the "standards track" including the specification along the "standards track" including the initial
initial approval of new Working Groups and the final approval of approval of new Working Groups and the final approval of
specifications as Internet Standards. The IESG is composed of the specifications as Internet Standards. The IESG is composed of the
IETF Area Directors and the chair of the IETF, who also serves as the IETF Area Directors and the chair of the IETF, who also serves as the
chair of the IESG. chair of the IESG.
The members of the IESG are nominated by a nominations committee (the The members of the IESG are nominated by a nominations committee (the
Nomcom) and are approved by the IAB. See [E] for a detailed Nomcom), and are approved by the IAB. See [E] for a detailed
description of the Nomcom procedures. Other matters concerning the description of the Nomcom procedures. Other matters concerning its
IESG organization and operation are described in the IESG charter organization and operation, are described in the IESG charter [does
[does not yet exist]. not yet exist].
1.6 Internet Architecture Board 2.6 Internet Architecture Board
The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) is chartered by the Internet The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) is chartered by the Internet
Society to provide oversight of the architecture of the Internet and Society Trustees to provide oversight of the architecture of the
its protocols. Internet and its protocols. The IAB appoints the IETF chair and is
responsible for approving other IESG candidates put forward by the
IETF nominating committee. The IAB is also responsible for reviewing
and approving the charters of new Working Groups that are proposed
for the IETF.
The IAB approves the IETF chair and is responsible for approving The IAB provides oversight of the process used to create Internet
other IESG candidates put forward by the Nomcom. The IAB assists in
the IESG review of the charters of new Working Groups that are
proposed for the IETF. The IAB oversees the creation of Internet
Standards and serves as an appeal board for complaints of improper Standards and serves as an appeal board for complaints of improper
execution of the standards process [B]. In general it acts as source execution of the standards process [B]. In general it acts as source
of advice to the IETF, the ISOC and the ISOC Board of Trustees of advice to the IETF, the ISOC and the ISOC Board of Trustees
concerning technical, architectural, procedural, and policy matters concerning technical, architectural, procedural, and policy matters
pertaining to the Internet and its enabling technologies. pertaining to the Internet and its enabling technologies.
The membership of the IAB consists of members selected by the Nomcom The members of the IAB are nominated by a nominations committee (the
process [A] and the IETF chair sitting as an ex-officio member. The Nomcom), and are approved by the ISOC board. See [E] for a detailed
members of the IAB are approved by the ISOC Board of Trustees. Other description of the Nomcom procedures. The membership of the IAB
matters concerning IAB organization and operation are described in consists of members selected by the Nomcom process and the IETF chair
the IAB charter [D]. sitting as a ex-officio member. Other matters concerning its
organization and operation, are described in the IAB charter [D].
1.7 Internet Assigned Numbers Authority 2.7 Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
Many protocol specifications include numbers, keywords, and other Many protocol specifications include numbers, keywords, and other
parameters that must be uniquely assigned. Examples include version parameters that must be uniquely assigned. Examples include version
numbers, protocol numbers, port numbers, and MIB numbers. The numbers, protocol numbers, port numbers, and MIB numbers. The
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is responsible for Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is responsible for
assigning the values of these protocol parameters for the Internet. assigning the values of these protocol parameters for the Internet.
The IANA publishes tables of all currently assigned numbers and The IANA publishes tables of all currently assigned numbers and
parameters in RFCs entitled "Assigned Numbers" [E]. The IANA parameters in RFCs entitled "Assigned Numbers" [E]. The IANA
functions as the "top of the pyramid" for DNS and Internet Address functions as the "top of the pyramid" for DNS and Internet Address
assignment establishing policies for these functions. assignment establishing policies for these functions.
The functions of the IANA are performed by one or more individuals or The functions of the IANA are performed by one or more individuals or
organizations selected in accordance with the procedures defined by organizations selected in accordance with the procedures defined by
the IANA charter [F]. the IANA charter [F].
1.8 Request for Comments Editor 2.8 Request for Comments Editor
The RFC publication series [B] is managed by an Editor (which may in The RFC publication series [B] is managed by an Editor (which may in
practice be one or more individuals) responsible both for the practice be one or more individuals) responsible both for the
mechanics of RFC publication and for upholding the traditionally high mechanics of RFC publication and for upholding the traditionally high
technical and editorial standards of the RFC series. technical and editorial standards of the RFC series.
The functions of the RFC Editor are performed by one or more The functions of the RFC Editor are performed by one or more
individuals or organizations selected in accordance with the individuals or organizations selected in accordance with the
procedures defined by the RFC Editor charter [G]. procedures defined by the RFC Editor charter [G].
1.9 Working Group Chair 2.9 Working Group Chair
Each IETF Working Group is headed by a chair (or by co-chairs if a WG Each IETF Working Group is headed by a chair (or by co-chairs) with
so decides) with the responsibility for directing the group's the responsibility for directing the group's activities, presiding
activities, presiding over the group's meetings, and ensuring that over the group's meetings, and ensuring that the commitments of the
the commitments of the group with respect to its role in the Internet group with respect to its role in the Internet standards process are
standards process are met. In particular, the WG chair is the formal met. In particular, the WG chair is the formal point of contact
point of contact between the WG and the IESG, via the Area Director between the WG and the IESG, via the Area Director of the area to
of the area to which the WG is assigned. which the WG is assigned.
The proposed chair(s) of a new Working Group is (are) identified in The details on the selection and responsibilites of an IETF Working
the proposed WG charter when it is submitted to the IESG for review. Group chair can be found in [A].
The IESG, with advice from the IAB, is responsible for approving the
appointment of the WG chair(s) in conjunction with its approval of
the proposed WG charter. The IESG may remove a WG chair if and when
the IESG determines that the Working Group would benefit
significantly from the appointment of a different chair (or chairs).
1.10 Document Editor Most IETF Working Groups focus their efforts on a 2.10 Document Editor Most IETF Working Groups focus their efforts on a
document, or set of documents, that capture the results of the document, or set of documents, that capture the results of the
group's work. A Working Group generally designates a person or group's work. A Working Group generally designates a person or
persons to serve as the Editor for a particular document. The persons to serve as the Editor for a particular document. The
Document Editor is responsible for ensuring that the contents of the Document Editor is responsible for ensuring that the contents of the
document accurately reflect the decisions that have been made by the document accurately reflect the decisions that have been made by the
working group. working group.
As a general practice, the Working Group Chair and Document Editor As a general practice, the Working Group Chair and Document Editor
positions are filled by different individuals to help ensure that the positions are filled by different individuals to help ensure that the
resulting documents accurately reflect the consensus of the Working resulting documents accurately reflect the consensus of the Working
Group and that all processes are followed. Group and that all processes are followed.
1.11 Internet Research Task Force The Internet Research Task Force 2.11 Internet Research Task Force The Internet Research Task Force
(IRTF) is not directly involved in the Internet standards process. (IRTF) is not directly involved in the Internet standards process.
It investigates topics considered to be too uncertain, too advanced, It investigates topics considered to be too uncertain, too advanced,
or insufficiently well-understood to be the subject of Internet or insufficiently well-understood to be the subject of Internet
standardization. When an IRTF activity generates a specification standardization. When an IRTF activity generates a specification
that is sufficiently stable to be considered for Internet that is sufficiently stable to be considered for Internet
standardization, the specification is processed through the IETF standardization, the specification is processed through the IETF
using the rules in this document. using the rules in this document.
The IRTF is composed of individual Working Groups, but its structure The IRTF is composed of individual Working Groups, but its structure
and mode of operation is much less formal than that of the IETF, due and mode of operation is much less formal than that of the IETF, due
in part to the fact that it does not participate directly in the in part to the fact that it does not participate directly in the
Internet standards process. The organization and program of work of Internet standards process. The organization and program of work of
the IRTF is overseen by the Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG), the IRTF is overseen by the Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG),
which consists of the chairs of the IRTF Working Groups. which consists of the chairs of the IRTF Working Groups. Details of
the organization and operation of the IRTF and its Working Groups may
be found in [H].
1.12. Nominations Committee (Nomcom) 3. Security Considerations
Security is not addressed in this memo
The members of the IESG and IAB are nominated by a nominations 4. References
committee (the Nomcom) and are approved by the IAB and ISOC Board of
Trustees respectively. See [E] for a detailed description of the
Nomcom procedures.
2. The IETF Standards Process [A] Huizer,E. and D. Crocker, "IETF Working Group Guidelines and
Procedures", 03/24/1994. RFC 1603
The process used by the Internet community for the standardization of [B] Bradner, S. (Ed) "The Internet Standards Process -- Revision 3",
protocols and procedures are described in [B]. That document defines x/y/96, RFC 1602bis
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.
3. Security Considerations [C] By - Laws for the Internet Society, as amended:
gopher://info.isoc.org/00/isoc/basic_docs/bylaws.txt
Security is not addressed in this memo [D] Huitema, C. and the IAB, "Charter of the Internet Architecture
Board (IAB)", 3/22/94, RFC1601
4. References [E] Galvin, J (Ed.), "IAB and IESG Selection, Confirmation, and
Recall Process: Operation of the Nominating and Recall Committees",
x/y/96, nomcom RFC
[A] Huizer, E., D. Crocker, "IETF Working Group Guidelines and [F] IANA Charter
[B] Bradner, S. (Ed.), "The Internet Standards Process -- Revision
3", RFC 1602bis (in prep)
[C] ISOC By Laws [G] RFC Editor Charter
[D] Huitema, C., and IAB, "Charter of the Internet Architecture Board [H] IRTF charter
[E] nomcom RFC - in prep
5. Author's Addresses: 5. Author's Addresses:
Richard Hovey Richard Hovey
Digital Equipment Corporation Digital Equipment Corporation
1401 H Street NW 1401 H Street NW
Washington DC 20005 Washington DC 20005
email: hovey@wnpv01.enet.dec.com email: hovey@wnpv01.enet.dec.com
phone: +1 202 383 5615 phone: +1 202 383 5615
Scott Bradner Scott Bradner
Harvard University Harvard University
1350 Mass Ave. Rm 813 1350 Mass Ave. Rm 813
Cambridge MA 02138 Cambridge MA 02138
email: sob@harvard.edu email: sob@harvard.edu
phone: +1 617 495 3864 phone: +1 617 495 3864
Appendix A - contact information Appendix A - contact information
IETF - ietf@cnri.reston.va.us
IESG - iesg@cnri.reston.va.us IETF - ietf@ietf.org, http://www.ietf.org
IESG - iesg@ietf.org
IAB - iab@isi.edu IAB - iab@ietf.org
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