2.8.1 User Services (uswg)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 49th IETF Meeting in San Diego, California. It may now be out-of-date. Last Modified: 11-Oct-00


April Marine <april.marine@nominum.com>

User Services Area Director(s):

April Marine <april.marine@nominum.com>

User Services Area Advisor:

April Marine <april.marine@nominum.com>

Mailing Lists:

General Discussion:uswg@isc.org
To Subscribe: uswg-request@isc.org
Archive: http://www.isc.org/ml-archives/uswg/2000/maillist.html

Description of Working Group:

The User Services Working Group of the IETF provides a regular forum for people interested in all levels of user services to identify and initiate projects designed to improve the quality of information available to users of the Internet. USWG's goals are:

1. Meet on a regular basis to consider projects designed to improve services to users.

2. Create working groups or other focus groups to carry out projects deemed worthy of pursuing.

3. Provide a forum in which user services providers can discuss and identify common concerns.

4. Take on work to update existing FYI documents when that work does not coincide with the scope of an existing Working Group.

This is an active, on-going working group in the USV area of the IETF. It is the spawning ground for establishing other working groups in this area.

Goals and Milestones:

Nov 99


Submit I-D to update FYI 1 to IESG for publication as an Informational RFC.

Nov 99


Submit I-D to update FYI 7

Mar 00


Submit I-D to update FYI 17

Aug 00


Submit I-D to update FYI 7 to IESG for publication as an Informational RFC.

Nov 00


Submit I-D to update FYI 17 to IESG for publication as an Informational RFC.


Request For Comments:






F.Y.I. on F.Y.I.: Introduction to the F.Y.I. notes



Answers to Commonly asked ``Experienced Internet User'' Questions



FYI on ``What is the Internet?''



FYI on Questions and Answer Answers to Commonly asked ``New Internet User'' Questions



FYI on Questions and Answers Answers to Commonly asked New Internet User Questions

Current Meeting Report

User Service Working Group (USWG) Minutes
Monday, December 11, 2000
San Diego, CA

Minutes taken by: April Marine

1. Area status - April Marine

Since there were several people new to the IETF at the meeting, April gave a brief introduction of what the User Services Area was before giving the status report on the area itself. At this point, the area was only one WG other than USWG itself, so the report didn't take long.

2. TERENA Update - Yuri Demchenko

Yuri gave a similar review of what TERENA is and the history of cooperation between USV and several areas of effort in TERENA.

Of special interest is the update of the TERENA Guide to Network Resource Tools (GNRT). This popular guide is going to be updated in a new way. Rather than depending on two editors to understand the entire range of tools the guide covers, there will be several contributors, a review panel, and an editing subcontract. Contributions are expected from all over Europe. There is a possibility the title will be changed to something like TERENA Internet Users Guide to Tools and Services (TIUG). The Guide can be found online at http://www.terena.nl/gnrt/

Yuri also highlighted user issues that will be covered at the TERENA Network Conference 2001 (TNC2001) to be held in Turkey. He also discussed a portal coordination workshop that continues the work of the CHIC group, and a research indexing service for European NRENs (REIS).

3. Update of the Tao of IETF: Susan Harris

Detailed discussion of <draft-ietf-uswg-tao-01.txt> led by the editor, Susan Harris. She explained the origin and sources of the new version. A section by section feedback fest followed. A new version of the document will be done based on the feedback and then input will be solicited from the Secretariat.

4. Update of FYI 7 - Ray Plzak

No particular progress since last meeting, but Ray and his cohorts has a meeting after the WG to plan a plot and a plot has been hatched.

5. Update of User Glossary - Gary Malkin

Gary plans to update the User Glossary FYI. He will post a message to the list (again) soliciting input. People should send him ideas for inclusions, preferably actually with text explaining the suggested term.


None received.