Re: [dsii] Potential IETF Work Items

Melinda Shore <> Tue, 14 August 2012 18:28 UTC

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On 8/14/12 10:13 AM, Leif Johansson wrote:
> I'd agree but for one thing: libraries are increasingly (operated by)
> content providers which to mind mind increases the likelihood that we'd
> have the right people at the table.

I'm still not buying it.  If you're thinking of things like the Internet
Archive I'm not convinced that they aren't well-served by current
technologies.  If they've got some problems they need to have solved
it would be far better for them to describe their problems and provide
requirements than it is for us to show up on their doorstep and say
"Hi, we're the IETF, and we've got technology we want you to use."

It seems to me that to the extent there are issues in this space it's
in what the proponents of the work (and others) are calling "big
data."  In the US we're seeing requirements from funding agencies for
PIs to share their data, and I know that at the University of Alaska
(my previous couple of gigs) they've got some very, very large
collections of satellite data, climate data, GIS data, and so on that
they're trying to either share for free or sell for $$$.  They probably
have problems around those.  But.  They didn't come to the IETF,
and for all I know they're not even on this mailing list (I did send
pointers to some people involved in the data repository work up there).

Personally, I think this is an enormously interesting area but if
there's something in here that's appropriate for the IETF (other than
fiddly stuff like internationalization of metadata strings) I'm not
quite seeing it yet.


Melinda Shore
No Mountain Software

"Software longa, hardware brevis."