OMA-IETF Standardization Collaboration
RFC 3975

Document Type RFC - Informational (February 2005; No errata)
Authors Ileana Leuca  , Geoff Huston 
Last updated 2013-03-02
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Network Working Group                                     G. Huston, Ed.
Request for Comments: 3975                                           IAB
Category: Informational                                    I. Leuca, Ed.
                                                            January 2005

                 OMA-IETF Standardization Collaboration

Status of This Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2005).


   This document describes the standardization collaboration between the
   Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and the Internet Engineering Task Force

1.  Introduction

   This document contains a set of principles and guidelines that serves
   as the basis for establishing a cooperation framework between the
   Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  This cooperation is intended to secure timely development of
   technical specifications that facilitate maximum interoperability
   with existing (fixed and mobile) Internet systems, devices, and

   Within the OMA, specific activities are undertaken through OMA
   working groups, each with an area of responsibility.  These
   activities are authorized, and their output is approved by, the OMA
   Technical Plenary.  The list of OMA working groups, OMA
   Specifications for public comment, the OMA work program, and publicly
   available working group drafts can be found at the OMA web site,

   Within the IETF, activities are undertaken within a framework of
   Areas, with specific activities being undertaken by working groups
   that are chartered within each Area.  Working group output is
   reviewed by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) and
   published by the RFC-Editor.  IETF activities are based on a

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   principle of open contribution and participation by any interested
   party.  Information on IETF working groups, current work item drafts,
   meeting schedules, and mailing lists are published on the IETF web
   site, <>.

   The IETF and the OMA, are cooperating with a mutual desire to support
   the integrity of specifications and standards developed by each body.
   The preferred approach is that the OMA uses the Internet standards
   unchanged, if feasible, and communicates requirements for change to
   the IETF, as needed.  The parties intend to work together in an
   effort to avoid duplication of work.

   Each organization will operate according to its own rules and
   procedures, including rules governing Intellectual Property Rights
   (IPR), specification elaboration, approval, and maintenance.

   This cooperation framework is intended to guide collaborative
   efforts, and should be put into use in as much as it is applicable to
   these efforts.  If either party finds this framework inapplicable,
   then it may notify the other party so that this framework may be
   modified or withdrawn, as appropriate.

2.  Basis of Collaboration

   In the further development of OMA specifications, the benefit of
   adopting Internet specifications has been identified.

   Although this document recognizes the importance of interoperability
   of OMA specifications with the existing Internet and hence the use of
   IETF standards, the OMA recognizes that additions or modifications
   might be needed in order to make the IETF Internet specifications
   meet the needs of the OMA.  In such cases, the OMA will take its
   concerns directly to the appropriate IETF working groups for
   resolution.  When no appropriate working group can be found or it is
   not known where to direct the communication, or in the case of
   resolution of consequent matters, the issue will be raised through
   the OMA's designated liaison to the IETF.

   The IETF may also need to ask questions of the OMA in order to refine
   its understanding of OMA requirements or may wish to offer guidance
   to OMA on the effective use of Internet specifications.  Where
   possible, these communications will occur in the context of a
   discussion between OMA and an IETF working group.  In the event that
   a working group level discussion is deemed inappropriate for the
   desired communication, the matter will be raised through the IETF's
   designated liaison to the OMA.

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3.  Document Sharing

   Both the OMA and the IETF encourage the sharing of draft documents
   that are of mutual interest.
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