[LINK] RFC Editor

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 
Task Force. 

Traditionally, the RFC Editor (a role, rather than a person), has had 
overall management, document review, and production responsibilities for 
the Series.

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 
Series Editor.

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 
another appointment.

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
       and/or IAB.

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
       this document.

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 
Submissions Editor.


     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,

Olaf Kolkman
IAB Chair


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