[Rtg-open-source] normatively referencing open source work from standards-track RFCs

Alia Atlas <akatlas@gmail.com> Mon, 30 October 2017 02:57 UTC

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From: Alia Atlas <akatlas@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 22:57:04 -0400
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Subject: [Rtg-open-source] normatively referencing open source work from standards-track RFCs
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Although this list has been regrettably silent, I have still been thinking
about what could be done
to better improve interactions between the IETF and the variety of Open
Source organizations and projects.   I would love your opinions and
perspective.

One obvious issue that jumped out at me is that it currently is quite
discouraged for a standards-track RFC to normatively reference non-SDO work
and part of this is the lack of clear policy around it.   Since normative
references basically restrict what technology can be built on top of which
and how, fixing this can give a means for the IETF to publish standards
that use mature Open Source technology.

Please take a look and discuss here what you think.   What things did I
miss (other than the typo for the  dedicated reviewers ;-) ?  Would this
give clear enough guidance?

Regards & Thanks,
Alia


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        Title           : Normative References in RFCs from Open Source
        Authors         : Alia Atlas
                          Eliot Lear
                          Joel Halpern
                          Heather Flanagan
                          Jeff Tantsura
        Filename        : draft-atlas-external-normref-00.txt
        Pages           : 6
        Date            : 2017-10-29

Abstract:
   IETF procedures generally require that a standards track RFC may not
   have a normative reference to a non standards track specification
   except those from other
   standards bodies.  This document creates an External Specification
   registry, similar to the DownRef registry that has been created based
   on [RFC3967] and permits normative references to community accepted
   external specifications.


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