Managing IANA Registries with Custodians
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Network Working Group                                      M. Nottingham
Internet-Draft                                              July 5, 2012
Intended status: Standards Track
Expires: January 6, 2013

                Managing IANA Registries with Custodians
                 draft-nottingham-registry-custodian-00

Abstract

   This document specifies an opt-in augmentation to the Well-Known IANA
   Policy Definitions; appointing a "Custodian".

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
     1.1.  Notational Conventions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   2.  The Custodian's Role  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   3.  Specifying Custodial Registries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   6.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     6.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     6.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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1.  Introduction

   This document specifies an opt-in augmentation to the Well-Known IANA
   Policy Definitions [RFC5226]; appointing a "Custodian".

   The custodial process is designed to be used when a registry is
   likely to have a large number of entries from outside the standards
   community, because it gives an individual limited powers to maintain
   the registry's contents, while still having a low bar to entry.

   The goal of a custodial registry is to reflect deployment experience
   as closely as possible; in other words, if a protocol element is in
   use on the Internet, it ought to appear in the registry.

   It is a non-goal to use the registry as a measure of quality (e.g.,
   allowing only "good" registrations, imposing architectural
   constraints onto registrations).

   Usually, a registry defined as Expert Review or Specification
   Required will define the Expert as a Custodian.  However, registries
   with more stringent requirements can also use this process.

1.1.  Notational Conventions

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119, BCP 14
   [RFC2119] and indicate requirement levels for compliant CoAP
   implementations.

2.  The Custodian's Role

   The Custodian's primary duty is to maintain the registry's contents
   by assisting new registrations, updating existing entries, and making
   new registrations when a protocol element is widely deployed but
   unregistered.

   As such, they have considerable power, in that they can make material
   changes to the registry content without oversight, beyond that
   offered by the community at large.

   However, in practice this power is quite limited.  The Custodian is
   not charged with acting as a gatekeeper, nor imposing requirements on
   new registrations.  Rather, they are responsible for assuring that
   the registry is kept up-to-date, reflecting the reality of
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