RE: ISSN for RFC Series under Consideration

"David Harrington" <ietfdbh@comcast.net> Wed, 21 May 2008 18:17 UTC

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From: "David Harrington" <ietfdbh@comcast.net>
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Subject: RE: ISSN for RFC Series under Consideration
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 14:17:25 -0400
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Hi,

The Trust has analyzed the advantages, and you included the advantages
in your post.
Has the Trust also analyzed any potential disadvantages? Can you tell
us those as well?

David Harrington
dbharrington@comcast.net
ietfdbh@comcast.net
dharrington@huawei.com
 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: wgchairs-bounces@ietf.org 
> [mailto:wgchairs-bounces@ietf.org] On Behalf Of Ray Pelletier
> Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 1:52 PM
> To: IETF Discussion; IAOC; The IESG; RFC Editor; IAB; Working 
> Group Chairs
> Subject: ISSN for RFC Series under Consideration
> 
> The IETF Trust is considering applying to the U.S. Library of 
> Congress 
> to obtain an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) for the RFC

> Series and would like community input to inform its decision. 
>  The Trust 
> may take up this matter on June 11th.  
> 
> An ISSN is applied to serials - print or non-print 
> publications issued 
> in parts.  A serial is  expected to continue indefinitely. Serials 
> include magazines, newspapers, annuals, journals, proceedings, 
> transactions of societies, and monographic series. Other 
> SDOs, such as 
> the IEEE, have obtained ISSNs for their publications.  A single ISSN

> uniquely identifies a title regardless of language or country 
> in which 
> published, without the burden of a complex bibliographic
description. 
> The ISSN itself has no significance other than the unique 
> identification 
> of a serial.
> 
> The Trust believes there are advantages to indentifying the 
> RFC Series 
> with an ISSN.  Among them,
> 1. Make reference to the series compact and globally unique;
> 2. Make the series, and individual RFCs, easier to reference in some

> contexts;
> 3. Results in accurate citing of serials by scholars, researchers, 
> abstracters, and librarians;
> 4. ISSN registrations are maintained in an international data 
> base and 
> are made available in the ISSN Register online
> 
> According to the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/issn/, for serials

> available only in online versions, the ISSN should appear on 
> the title 
> screen or home page and/or in the masthead or other areas where 
> information about publisher, frequency, subscribing, 
> copyright, etc. is 
> given.
> 
> There is no cost associated with obtaining ISSNs.
> 
> Ray Pelletier
> IAD
> Trustee
> 
> 

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