IAFA Working Groupof the IETF
Co-Chairs: Peter Deutsch March 18, 1992
1) The Minutes of the previous meeting in Santa Fe were reviewed and
accepted and the agenda for the current meeting was approved.
2) The group considered the question of whether a User Document for
Anonymous FTP was still needed, given the publication of several new
user guides in recent months. The general consensus was that it was
since there is no current Internet RFC (FYI) covering the topic.
April Marine (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ellen Hoffman (email@example.com) and
John Curran (firstname.lastname@example.org) have agreed to continue working on
3) A detailed discussion of the Site Administrator's Document draft was
held and its general ideas and focus approved. The following points
- The additional information for the archive suggested in the
documentation should not reside in fixed locations. While recognizing
that this places additional burdens on the information tool designers,
it was thought that having fixed locations for this information would
reduce its usability. Files with special names should be able to be
deposited at any place in the archive and be retrieved for their
- Some mechanism for a Time To Live (TTL) should be associated with
the additional information being asked for in the archives to help
control the problem of outdated information.
- Investigations should be made into Universal Document Serial Numbers
and Universal Document Identifiers and contact maintained with those
working on these in the IRTF and other IETF areas.
- A section should be included describing and summarizing existing
projects which would be of use to site administrators, however care
must be taken not endorse any specific project as "required".
- Contact should be made and maintained with those doing work in this
area: OSI (X.500) and CNI projects. The OSI document "Representing
Public Archives in the Directory" was mentioned as one source of
information for IAFA. It was recognized that the Library community is
also very much involved in similar work.
- Facilities should be included for the case where multiple logical
archives are being maintained on one physical archive.
- Possibility for a "Quality of Service" index to be included in the
additional information. Problems with this were also noted since we do
not want to be seen to be "endorsing" specific archives, but an
approach that rates archives as "hobby", "official regional or
midlevel archive", "university campus-wide archive" etc. may be of use.
- A cross reference mechanism should be included for users to locate
other related information.
It was agreed that the authors would work to incorporate these changes
and submit a followup draft to the IAFA mailing list as soon as possible.
No new business was presented.
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