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Research and Analysis of Standard-Setting Processes Proposed Research Group

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Title Research and Analysis of Standard-Setting Processes Proposed Research Group
Last updated 2023-01-27
State Start Chartering/Rechartering (Internal Steering Group/IAB Review) Rechartering
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Research and Analysis of Standard-Setting Processes (RASP) Research Group

Standard-setting is an influential aspect in the shaping of information
societies. Research into standardization is done in a wide range of
academic disciplines and using a variety of methods that could benefit from
learning from each other's insights. The IETF, as an international
Standards Developing Organization (SDO), hosts a diverse set of data on the
organizational history, development, and current standardization
activities, including Internet protocols. A large portion of this data is
publicly available, yet it is underutilized as a tool to inform the work in
the IETF or the broader research community focused on topics like Internet
governance and trends in ICT standard-development.


The Research and Analysis of the Standard-Setting Processes Research Group
(RASPRG) aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers,
standards users, and standards developers to study standardization
processes across SDOs, with a particular focus on Internet standards and
the IETF. The research is aimed at informing the comprehension of
standardization processes and policies, and possibly providing tools and
insights. This will be done through the organization of working sessions,
as well as contributions to open data and open source software for
standards analysis. The group aims to produce joint reports to inform the
IETF, the research community, and the broader standards-setting processes.

Possible Research Directions

  1. Understanding the historical development of affiliation and leadership
    in and across standards bodies.
  2. Analyzing the development of the make up of standard setting communities,
    their diversity, and the impact it has on standard-setting.
  3. Understanding the decision making processes that lead to the production
    of publications.
  4. Understanding the role and relationship of patents and standards and the
    incentives for enterprises to develop these.
  5. Understanding the interactions between standards and research communities.


The RASPRG aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and will work
closely with researchers studying the Internet standards process across
disciplines, including but not limited to, those studying Internet
governance, economic, legal, sociological, and political factors affecting
standards-setting, development, and uptake. To build bridges between
communities, the group aims to meet co-located with IETF meetings, as well
as with academic conferences and workshops focused on research into
standardization (e.g., EURAS, SIIT), Internet measurements (e.g., ACM IMC),
Web and social networks (e.g., ACM WebConference, AAAI ICWSM), human
computer interaction (e.g., ACM CSCW), Internet Governance (e.g., GIGAnet),
or fora such as the Internet Governance Forum (e.g., IGF). The research
group aims to bring together researchers that build open source tools to
research standardization processes to foster collaborations, prevent
duplication, and contribute to reproducibility in science. The research
group aspires to work with the IETF Tools Team and will consult regularly
with the IETF leadership and secretariat to ensure that data is accessed in
a manner that is consistent with relevant IETF policies without causing
operational difficulties.


The Research Group seeks to produce tools and insights that can further the
understanding of standardization processes. Other outputs of the research
group might include documentation of trends in the development of RFCs
(e.g., similar to RFC 8963) and suggestions to authors and leadership
based on research, special Issues of academic journals, computational
methods, workshops, and labeled data sets. The RASPRG will aim to produce
evidence-based reproducible work, and does not intend to judge the quality
of the standardization process, or the output of the IETF or other SDOs.
The group will consult widely with the IETF community, and coordinate with
the IESG, IRSG, IAB, and IETF LLC as appropriate, to ensure that results,
especially those relating to performance of particular aspects of the
standards process or comparisons between SDOs, are presented with
sensitivity for the people and organizations involved.