Internet Anonymous FTP Archives (iafa)
Charter Status: Concluded May, 1994 Chair(s): Peter Deutsch Alan Emtage Description of Working Group: The Internet Anonymous FTP Archives Working Group is chartered to define a set of recommended procedures for the access and administration of anonymous FTP archive sites on the Internet. Such a set of procedures will provide a framework for: (a) Allowing the inexperienced Internet user the ability to more easily navigate the hundreds of publically accessible archive sites. (b) Allowing users and network-based tools to retrieve specific site information such as access policies, contact information, possible areas of information specialization, archived package descriptions, etc., in a standardized manner. Particular emphasis will be placed on the possible impact of these procedures on the FTP site administrators. Attention will be paid to the impact of newer archive indexing and access tools on the operation of such archive sites. A set of suggestions will be offered to allow archive site administrators to better integrate their offerings with such tools as they are developed. The security of the anonymous FTP site configuration will also be considered to be an integral part of this document. It is expected that remote management of the archives will be adequately handled by existing network management procedures.
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