Parent issue: RFC Series Streams Specific issue: How to add a new document stream to the Series
Size (time): 18+ months Importance/Urgency: High/Medium
Problem Statement: The concept of RFC Streams was defined in RFC 4844. At the time, the addition of new document streams was not advised. As the Series eveolves, however, it becomes possible and even likely that new communities of document authors will want to publish through the Series while not being a “fit” for the broader IETF, IRTF, IAB, or Independent Submission streams.
In May 2012, a group focusing on federated internet identity policies called REFEDs contacted the RFC Series Editor regarding potentially becoming a new stream. Determining if their documents would add to the quality and value of the Series, whether those documents should be published through an existing stream, and what the financial implications will provide an excellent “pilot” to explore what it would take to add a new document stream to the Series.
The RSE and the RSOC agreed at the RSOC retreat that the proposal made by Nevil Brownlee, ISE, to use the Independent Stream (see proposal below) will be used for the immediate use case of REFEDs. This solution will be preferred over reopening the question of creating new streams if and when other groups request a new stream for their documents.
RFC Production Center & Publisher Actions:
Current proposal (from the Independent Submissions Editor) :
1. When one of those organisations makes an Independent Submission, it would be in the form of an Internet Draft, with a paragraph in its introduction clearly stating how it was developed, how it was reviewed, and how strong a consensus it achieved. 2. The ISE would review it (like any other submission), and possibly get some reviews from the IETF community so as to check that it clearly was of interest to the Internet Community, i.e. the readers and users of RFCs. 3. When satisfied that the draft is suitable for publishing, the ISE could ask the ISEB to see whether any of them object to its being published because it did not seem to be of interest to our community. 4. After that the document would go to IESG for its 5742 review, then - after any final improvements - it would be published.
Financial: Adding a new stream will have financial impact, but exactly how much will depend on a variety of factors, including
Project schedules: While important, this may not impact schedules for RFC Format or Style Guide efforts.
Estimated completion date: TBD