Parent issue: Short-lived references
Size (time): 6-18 months from start Importance/Urgency: Medium/Low
Problem Statement: Some normative references might not be long-lived enough from an archival perspective, and as a result, the RFC Editor may want to keep an archival copy. This could have significant copyright implications, details of which need to be understood before moving forward.
Current thinking of the RSE is that the RFC Editor should not be responsible for creating a document archive outside of the RFC directly. According to the new Style Guide, authors should be pointing to stable references, particularly for normative references. Those references do not need to be available online (though that is, I think, preferred by the readers) but they should be persistent. While the cost of the archive itself would be minimal in terms of disk space, the ongoing effort in determining whether copyright allows us to hold and distribute these documents is significant.
RFC Production Center & Publisher Actions:
Financial: minimal hardware costs, but would require a percentage of an FTE for review of copyright
Estimated completion date: TBD