[rfc-dist] RFC 6417 on How to Contribute Research Results to Internet Standardization

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        RFC 6417

        Title:      How to Contribute Research Results 
                    to Internet Standardization 
        Author:     P. Eardley, L. Eggert,
                    M. Bagnulo, R. Winter
        Status:     Informational
        Stream:     Independent
        Date:       November 2011
        Mailbox:    philip.eardley at bt.com, 
                    lars.eggert at nokia.com, 
                    marcelo at it.uc3m.es,  rolf.winter at neclab.eu
        Pages:      14
        Characters: 33781
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-weeb-research-to-internet-stds-03.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc6417.txt

The development of new technology is driven by scientific research.
The Internet, with its roots in the ARPANET and NSFNet, is
no exception.  Many of the fundamental, long-term improvements to the
architecture, security, end-to-end protocols and management of the
Internet originate in the related academic research communities.
Even shorter-term, more commercially driven extensions are oftentimes
derived from academic research.  When interoperability is required,
the IETF standardizes such new technology.  Timely and relevant
standardization benefits from continuous input and review from the
academic research community.

For an individual researcher, it can however be quite puzzling how to
begin to most effectively participate in the IETF and arguably to a
much lesser degree, the IRTF.  The interactions in the IETF are
much different than those in academic conferences, and effective
participation follows different rules.  The goal of this document is
to highlight such differences and provide a rough guideline that will
hopefully enable researchers new to the IETF to become successful
contributors more quickly.  This document is not an Internet 
Standards Track specification; it is published for informational 

INFORMATIONAL: This memo provides information for the Internet community.
It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of
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