The Role of the IRTF Chair
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Internet Architecture Board (IAB)                              L. Eggert
Internet-Draft                                                    NetApp
Intended status: Informational                          January 14, 2016
Expires: July 17, 2016

                       The Role of the IRTF Chair
                  draft-iab-irtf-chair-description-00

Abstract

   This document briefly describes the role of the Chair of the Internet
   Research Task Force (IRTF), discusses its duties and outlines the
   skill set a candidate for the role should ideally have.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Duties  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     2.1.  Strategic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.2.  Administrative  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.3.  IAB Membership  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   6.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

1.  Introduction

   The Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) focuses on longer term
   research issues related to the Internet while the sister
   organization, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), focuses on
   the shorter term issues of engineering and standards making.

   The IRTF consists of a number of topical and long-term Research
   Groups (RGs).  These groups work on issues related to Internet
   protocols, applications, architecture and technology.  RGs have the
   stable long term membership which is needed to promote the
   development of research collaboration and teamwork in exploring
   research issues.  Individual contributors participate in the IRTF,
   rather than representatives of organizations.

   [RFC2014] details the procedures by which RGs operate.  [RFC4440]
   discusses a view from the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) on the
   IRTF and its relationship to the IETF.  The RFC Editor publishes
   documents from the IRTF and its RGs on the IRTF Stream [RFC5743].

   The IRTF Chair manages the IRTF in consultation with the Internet
   Research Steering Group (IRSG).  The IRSG membership includes the
   IRTF Chair, the chairs of the various RGs and other individuals
   ("members at large") from the research community selected by the IRTF
   Chair.

2.  Duties

   This section discusses the various duties of the IRTF chair and
   outlines the skill set a candidate for the role should ideally have.

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2.1.  Strategic

   Arguably the most important part of the duties of the IRTF Chair is
   strategic, and concern shaping of the purpose and scope of the IRTF,
   by making decisions about which RGs to charter, which RGs to
   terminate, and which other activities or efforts the IRTF should
   organize or affiliate itself with in order to further its charter and
   increase the interaction and collaboration between network research,
   engineering, operations and standardization.

   For some new RGs, the research and engineering community brings a
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