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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
The Organizations Involved in the IETF Standards Process The Organizations Involved in the IETF Standards Process
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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 rela-
relationship with the Internet Society. tionship with the Internet Society.
1. The IETF Standards Process 1. The IETF Standards Process
The process used by the Internet community for the standardization of The process used by the Internet community for the standardization of
protocols and procedures is described in [B]. That document defines protocols and procedures is described in [B]. That document defines
the stages in the standardization process, the requirements for the stages in the standardization process, the requirements for mov-
moving a document between stages and the types of documents used ing a document between stages and the types of documents used during
during this process. It also addresses the intellectual property this process. It also addresses the intellectual property rights and
rights and copyright issues associated with the standards process. copyright issues associated with the standards process.
2. Internet Standards Organizations and Roles 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.
2.1 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
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in the development of new Internet Standard specifications. in the development of new Internet Standard specifications.
2.2 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.
For all purposes relevant to the Internet Standards development For all purposes relevant to the Internet Standards development pro-
process, membership in the IETF and its Working Groups is defined to cess, membership in the IETF and its Working Groups is defined to be
be established solely and entirely by individual participation in established solely and entirely by individual participation in IETF
IETF and Working Group activities. Participation in the IETF and its and Working Group activities. Participation in the IETF and its Work-
Working Groups is by individual technical contributors rather than by ing 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, participants 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 chairs any relevant current or pending intellectual Working Group chairs any relevant current or pending intellectual
property rights that are reasonably and personally known to the property rights that are reasonably and personally known to the par-
participant if they participate in discussions about a specific ticipant if they participate in discussions about a specific technol-
technology. ogy.
New Working Groups are established within the IETF by explicit New Working Groups are established within the IETF by explicit char-
charter. The guidelines and procedures for the formation and ter. The guidelines and procedures for the formation and operation
operation of IETF working groups are described in detail in [A]. 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 2.9). It 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 2.10). Further details of Working Group the group's work (see section 2.10). Further details of Working Group
operation are contained in [A] operation are contained in [A]
IETF Working Groups display a spirit of cooperation as well as a high IETF Working Groups display a spirit of cooperation as well as a high
degree of technical maturity; IETF participants recognize that the degree of technical maturity; IETF participants recognize that the
greatest benefit for all members of the Internet community results greatest benefit for all members of the Internet community results
from cooperative development of technically superior protocols and from cooperative development of technically superior protocols and
services. services.
2.3 IETF Secretariat 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 IETF Execu-
Secretary and his or her staff. The IESG Secretary is the formal tive Director and his or her staff. The IETF Executive Director is
point of contact for matters concerning any and all aspects of the the formal point of contact for matters concerning any and all
Internet standards process, and is responsible for maintaining the aspects of the Internet standards process, and is responsible for
formal public record of the Internet standards process [B]. maintaining the formal public record of the Internet standards pro-
cess [B].
2.4 Internet Society 2.4 Internet Society
The Internet Society (ISOC) is an international organization The Internet Society (ISOC) is an international organization con-
concerned with the growth and evolution of the worldwide Internet and cerned 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.
Internet standardization is an organized activity of the ISOC, with Internet standardization is an organized activity of the ISOC, with
the Board of Trustees being responsible for ratifying the procedures the Board of Trustees being responsible for ratifying the procedures
and rules of the Internet standards process [B]. 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].
2.5 Internet Engineering Steering Group 2.5 Internet Engineering Steering Group
The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) is the part of the The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) is the part of the
Internet Society responsible for the management of the IETF technical Internet Society responsible for the management of the IETF technical
activities. It administers the Internet Standards process according activities. It administers the Internet Standards process according
to the rules and procedures defined in [B]. The IESG is responsible to the rules and procedures defined in [B]. The IESG is responsible
for the actions associated with the progression of technical for the actions associated with the progression of technical specifi-
specification along the "standards track" including the initial cation along the "standards track" including the initial approval of
approval of new Working Groups and the final approval of new Working Groups and the final approval of specifications as Inter-
specifications as Internet Standards. The IESG is composed of the net Standards. The IESG is composed of the IETF Area Directors and
IETF Area Directors and the chair of the IETF, who also serves as the 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 its description of the Nomcom procedures. Other matters concerning its
organization and operation, are described in the IESG charter [does organization and operation, are described in the IESG charter [does
not yet exist]. not yet exist].
2.6 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 Trustees to provide oversight of the architecture of the Society Trustees to provide oversight of the architecture of the
Internet and its protocols. The IAB appoints the IETF chair and is Internet and its protocols. The IAB appoints the IETF chair and is
responsible for approving other IESG candidates put forward by the responsible for approving other IESG candidates put forward by the
IETF nominating committee. The IAB is also responsible for reviewing IETF nominating committee. The IAB is also responsible for reviewing
and approving the charters of new Working Groups that are proposed and approving the charters of new Working Groups that are proposed
for the IETF. for the IETF.
The IAB provides oversight of the process used to create Internet The IAB provides oversight of the process used to create 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 con-
concerning technical, architectural, procedural, and policy matters cerning technical, architectural, procedural, and policy matters per-
pertaining to the Internet and its enabling technologies. taining to the Internet and its enabling technologies.
The members of the IAB are nominated by a nominations committee (the The members of the IAB are nominated by a nominations committee (the
Nomcom), and are approved by the ISOC board. See [E] for a detailed Nomcom), and are approved by the ISOC board. See [E] for a detailed
description of the Nomcom procedures. The membership of the IAB description of the Nomcom procedures. The membership of the IAB con-
consists of members selected by the Nomcom process and the IETF chair sists of members selected by the Nomcom process and the IETF chair
sitting as a ex-officio member. Other matters concerning its sitting as a ex-officio member. Other matters concerning its organi-
organization and operation, are described in the IAB charter [D]. zation and operation, are described in the IAB charter [D].
2.7 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 Inter-
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is responsible for net Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is responsible for assigning
assigning the values of these protocol parameters for the Internet. the values of these protocol parameters for the Internet. The IANA
The IANA publishes tables of all currently assigned numbers and publishes tables of all currently assigned numbers and parameters in
parameters in RFCs entitled "Assigned Numbers" [E]. The IANA RFCs entitled "Assigned Numbers" [E]. The IANA functions as the "top
functions as the "top of the pyramid" for DNS and Internet Address of the pyramid" for DNS and Internet Address assignment establishing
assignment establishing policies for these functions. 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].
2.8 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 mechan-
mechanics of RFC publication and for upholding the traditionally high ics of RFC publication and for upholding the traditionally high tech-
technical and editorial standards of the RFC series. nical 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 proce-
procedures defined by the RFC Editor charter [G]. dures defined by the RFC Editor charter [G].
2.9 Working Group Chair 2.9 Working Group Chair
Each IETF Working Group is headed by a chair (or by co-chairs) with Each IETF Working Group is headed by a chair (or by co-chairs) with
the responsibility for directing the group's activities, presiding the responsibility for directing the group's activities, presiding
over the group's meetings, and ensuring that the commitments of the over the group's meetings, and ensuring that the commitments of the
group with respect to its role in the Internet standards process are group with respect to its role in the Internet standards process are
met. In particular, the WG chair is the formal point of contact 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 between the WG and the IESG, via the Area Director of the area to
which the WG is assigned. which the WG is assigned.
The details on the selection and responsibilites of an IETF Working The details on the selection and responsibilites of an IETF Working
Group chair can be found in [A]. Group chair can be found in [A].
2.10 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 per-
persons to serve as the Editor for a particular document. The sons to serve as the Editor for a particular document. The Document
Document Editor is responsible for ensuring that the contents of the Editor is responsible for ensuring that the contents of the document
document accurately reflect the decisions that have been made by the accurately reflect the decisions that have been made by the working
working group. 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.
2.11 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 stan-
standardization. When an IRTF activity generates a specification dardization. When an IRTF activity generates a specification that is
that is sufficiently stable to be considered for Internet sufficiently stable to be considered for Internet standardization,
standardization, the specification is processed through the IETF the specification is processed through the IETF using the rules in
using the rules in this document. 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. Details of which consists of the chairs of the IRTF Working Groups. Details of
the organization and operation of the IRTF and its Working Groups may the organization and operation of the IRTF and its Working Groups may
be found in [H]. be found in [H].
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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@ietf.org, http://www.ietf.org IETF - ietf@ietf.org, http://www.ietf.org
IESG - iesg@ietf.org IESG - iesg@ietf.org
IAB - iab@ietf.org IAB - iab@ietf.org
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