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Suggested update to charter. To be discussed at the meeting. Jill

Networked Information Retrieval (nir)

     Jill Foster  <>
     George Brett  <>
User Services Area Director(s) 
     Joyce Reynolds  <>
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Description of Working Group:

As the network has grown, along with it there has been an increase in
the number of software tools and applications to navigate the network
and make use of the many, varied resources which are part of the
network.  Within the past two and a half years we have seen a wide
spread adoption of tools such as the archie servers, the Wide Area
Information Servers (WAIS), the Internet Gopher, and the WorldWide Web
(WWW).  In addition to the acceptance of these tools there are also
diverse efforts to enhance and customize these tools to meet the needs
of particular network communities and to create new tools.

There are many organizations and associations that have recently begun
to focus on the proliferating resources and tools for networked
information retrieval (NIR).  The Networked Information Retrieval Group
will be a cooperative effort of three major players in the field of
NIR: IETF, RARE, and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
specifically tasked to collect and disseminate information about the
tools and to discuss and encourage cooperative development of current
and future tools.

The NIR Working Group intends to increase the useful base of
information about networked information retrieval (NIR) tools, their
developers, interested organizations, and other activities that relate
to the production, dissemination, and support of NIR tools.

 **** I would like to remove the rest of this paragraph - as I don't
 have time to get into this.  (Any volunteers?) 
 George Brett wrote this bit and I assumed this would be a CNIDR
 activity - but it seems CNIDR - like all of us - is over committed
 already.  I suggest we let this drop - and will be putting that to the
 meeting next week.

to the production, dissemination, and support of NIR tools  to produce
documentation that will enable user services organizations to provide
better support for NIR tools, to develop materials that will assist the
support and training of end users and to evolve in the future as
necessary to meet and anticipate changes in the field (i.e., NIR
tools, protocols, network topology, etc.)

*** Following updated 

Goals and Milestones: 
 Done Jul 92  Review and comment on proposed charter.  Discuss Applications 
              Template and Organizational Template.                                

 Done Sep 92  Post a draft report containing the Applications and 
              Organizational Templates.                                                           

 Done Oct 92  Post a draft of the NIR Status Report with introductory 
              material and completed templates.                                    

 Done Nov 92  Review draft document and update templates at RARE ISUS WG
              meeting and IETF NIR WG meeting.

 Done Mar 93  Update entries in NIR Status report on individual tools and
              groups.  Add new entries.  

              Add appendices as agreed.

              Review updated document at March IETF meeting.

              Discuss and specify "evaluation" criteria.

 Done May 93  Review draft document at RARE ISUS WG meeting in Trondheim.

 Done Jun 93  Discuss evaluation criteria on the mailing list.

              Get volunteers for evaluation tasks.

      Jul 93  Final review of internet draft "nir status report"

              Discuss and agree set of evaluation criteria.

              Allocate evaluation tasks.

      Sep 93  Submit NIR Status Report to the IESG for publication as an 
              Informational RFC.                                                   

      Nov 93  Post draft evaluation report.