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stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Tue Jun 16 22:28:48 EST 2009
From: ISOC Notice <isoc-news at isoc.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 21:45:20 +0100
Subject: [ISOC] Call for Nominations: Independent Submissions Editor
[Sent on behalf of Olaf Kolkman, IAB Chair]
Dear ISOC member,
The RFC (Request for Comments) Series contains technical and
organizational documents about the Internet, including the technical
specifications and policy documents produced by the Internet Engineering
Traditionally, the RFC Editor (a role, rather than a person), has had
overall management, document review, and production responsibilities for
As part of procurement for the functions that make up the RFC Editor,
the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) seeks nominations for the
volunteer position of an Independent Submissions Editor (ISE) and a RFC
This is a call for nominations for an Inependent Submissions Editor; the
call for nominations for the RFC Series Editor can be found at
The ISE appointee's term will begin on January 1, 2010.
The IAB desires a lengthy relationship with a successful candidate and
would like to structure a 5-year term with a minimal commitment of 2
years, a performance review at that point and renewal for additional
years for successful performance in an RFC Editor model. The position is
open to all with the requisite knowledge, skills and experience. The
position is not limited to current participants in the Internet
Engineering Task Force. The incumbent is Bob Braden, is not seeking
The ISE is responsible for:
1. Maintaining technical quality of the Independent Submission
2. Reviewing, approving, and processing Independent Submissions.
3. Forwarding draft RFCs in the Independent Submission Stream to
the RFC Production Center.
4. Reviewing and approving Independent Submissions RFC errata.
5. Coordinating work and conforming to general RFC Series policies
as specified by the IAB and RSE.
6. Providing statistics and documentation as specified by the IAOC
http://iaoc.ietf.org/rfced-procurement.html contains a job description
for this and the other functions which, together, compose the RFC Editor
as described in http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-iab-rfc-editor-model
In general, applicants may propose changes to the ISE job description.
The Independent Submission Editor is a senior position for which the
following qualifications are desired:
1. Technical competence, i.e., broad technical experience and
perspective across the whole range of Internet technologies and
applications, and specifically, the ability to work effectively
with portions of that spectrum in which no personal expertise
2. Thorough familiarity with the RFC series.
3. An ability to define and constitute advisory and document review
arrangements. If those arrangements include an Editorial Board.
4. Good standing in the technical community, in and beyond the IETF.
5. Demonstrated editorial skills, good command of the English
language, and demonstrated history of being able to work
effectively with technical documents and materials created by
6. The ability to work effectively in a multi-actor environment with
divided authority and responsibility similar to that described in
Nominations are to be submitted to: ISE-Nom at ietf.org in txt format no
later than 8 July 2009 in the form of the package described below.
Individuals may nominate themselves. The names of all people who
declare themselves willing to serve will be made public on the
ietf-announce at ietf.org and rfc-interest at ietf.org lists after the
end of the solicitation period. The plan is to post the list of willing
candidates for community input on 13 July 2009.
A nomination package shall consist of:
1. Details about the candidate's background and qualifications for the
2. Explanation of one's view of the role
3. Recommendations to change the position description, if any
4. Thoughts about staffing support requirements, if any
5. Name and contact information for each candidate.
The list of nominated persons will be made public prior to making a
decision, allowing time for the community to pass any relevant comments.
Interviews will be conducted in person at the IETF 75 meeting in
Stockholm and/or by teleconference before and after the meeting.
Interviews will be conducted by members of an Advisory Committee
appointed by the IAB. Presence in Stockholm will be at the individual's
own expense. Attendance in Stockholm is optional and will not be used
in the selection criteria.
The Advisory Committee may conduct testing of the candidate performing
the role of the ISE.
The Advisory Committee will submit ISE nominees with its recommendations
to the IAB for its selection and appointment of an Independent
8 Jun - IAB calls for nominations for ISE position
8 Jul - Nominations close
13 Jul - Nominees announced; community input solicited
23 Jul - Community input ends
26 Jul - 14 Aug IAB appointed Advisory Committee conducts interviews
18 Aug - Advisory Committee recommends individuals to IAB for ISE
15 Sep - IAB appoints ISE
15 Oct - Agreement executed for expenses
15 Oct - Transition begins
1 Jan - Appointments take effect
The Independent Submissions Editor is a voluntary position, as are all
stream manager positions, IETF, IAB, and IRTF. A budget will be
established and expenses provided in negotiations with the IETF
Administrative Oversight Committee, as represented by the IETF
Administrative Director. Expenses will be provided during the period of
transition, as needed.
On Behalf of the IAB,
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