Guidelines for Acting as an IETF Liaison to Another Organization
RFC 4691

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Network Working Group                                  L. Andersson, Ed.
Request for Comments: 4691                                           IAB
Category: Informational                                     October 2006

    Guidelines for Acting as an IETF Liaison to Another Organization

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 (2006).

Abstract

   Whenever the IETF decides to enter into a liaison relationship with
   another organization, such as a Standards Development Organization
   (SDO), a consortium, or an industrial forum, a liaison manager is
   appointed.  The procedures used by the IAB to establish and maintain
   liaison relationships between the IETF and other organizations are
   described in RFC 4052.  This document expands on the role of liaison
   managers and liaison representatives, giving guidelines on their
   mandate and the expectations, tasks, and responsibilities placed on
   them.

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
   2. IETF Liaison Relationships ......................................3
      2.1. Related Documents ..........................................3
      2.2. Liaison Managers and Liaison Representatives ...............3
      2.3. Written Communications .....................................4
      2.4. Terminology and Conventions ................................5
   3. Guidelines for Liaison Managers and Representatives .............5
      3.1. Mandate ....................................................6
           3.1.1. Speaking for the IETF ...............................6
      3.2. Expectations ...............................................6
      3.3. Responsibilities ...........................................8
      3.4. Tasks ......................................................9
      3.5. Relationship Management ...................................10
           3.5.1. IETF Consensus Process on Liaison Statements .......10
           3.5.2. Incoming Liaison Statements ........................10
           3.5.3. Ambiguous Incoming Liaison Statements ..............11
           3.5.4. Liaison Managers Representing Peer Organizations ...11

Andersson                    Informational                      [Page 1]
RFC 4691                   Liaison Guidelines               October 2006

   4. Security Considerations ........................................12
   5. IANA Considerations ............................................12
   6. Acknowledgements ...............................................12
   7. References .....................................................13
      7.1. Normative References ......................................13
      7.2. Informative References ....................................13

1.  Introduction

   In the course of developing Internet standards, the IETF needs to
   communicate extensively with various other peer organizations,
   including the following:

   o  Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) such as the
      Telecommunication Standardization Sector of the International
      Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) or standardization working groups
      of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (e.g.,
      IEEE 802)

   o  Consortia such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

   o  Industrial forums such as the Global Grid Forum (GGF)

   These organizations are usually concerned with developing related
   standards and technical specifications, so that from time to time
   issues of coordination and mutual interest may arise.  To facilitate
   communications, the IETF, through the Internet Architecture Board
   (IAB), establishes permanent liaison relationships with appropriate
   parts of these organizations according to the processes described in
   RFC 4052 [RFC4052].

   Whenever the IETF decides to enter into a liaison relationship, a
   liaison manager and possibly some liaison representatives are
   appointed by the IAB to act as a channel between the IETF and the
   peer organization, typically in tandem with counterparts appointed by
   the peer organization.

   Sections 2.2, 2.3, and 3 of RFC 4052 briefly set out the basic
   functions of the tasks of liaison managers and representatives.  Over
   time, the number and importance of liaisons have grown, and the
   importance of the personal role of IETF liaison managers and
   representatives in maintaining effective relationships with peer
   organizations has grown concomitantly.  This document supplements
   [RFC4052] by providing guidelines for liaison managers and liaison
   representatives in maintaining communications to peer organizations.
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