Digital Preservation Considerations for the RFC Series
RFC 8153

Document Type RFC - Informational (April 2017; No errata)
Last updated 2017-04-19
Replaces draft-flanagan-rfc-preservation
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Internet Architecture Board (IAB)                            H. Flanagan
Request for Comments: 8153                                    RFC Editor
Category: Informational                                       April 2017
ISSN: 2070-1721

         Digital Preservation Considerations for the RFC Series

Abstract

   The RFC Editor is both the publisher and the archivist for the RFC
   Series.  This document applies specifically to the archivist role of
   the RFC Editor.  It provides guidance on when and how to preserve
   RFCs and describes the tools required to view or re-create RFCs as
   necessary.  This document also highlights gaps in the current process
   and suggests compromises to balance cost with best practice.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
   and represents information that the IAB has deemed valuable to
   provide for permanent record.  It represents the consensus of the
   Internet Architecture Board (IAB).  Documents approved for
   publication by the IAB are not a candidate for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8153.

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Flanagan                      Informational                     [Page 1]
RFC 8153                  Digital Preservation                April 2017

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
      1.1. Terminology ................................................4
      1.2. Life Cycle of Digital Preservation .........................4
   2. Updating Policy and Procedure ...................................5
      2.1. Acquisition of Documents ...................................6
      2.2. Ingestion of Documents .....................................6
      2.3. Metadata and Document Registration .........................7
      2.4. Normalization and Standardization of Canonical File
           Structure and Format .......................................9
           2.4.1. 'Best Effort' Data Retention .......................10
           2.4.2. Single Format for Archival Purposes ................11
           2.4.3. Holistic Archiving of the Computing Environment ....12
      2.5. Transformation/Migration to Current Publication Formats ...12
      2.6. System Parameters .........................................13
      2.7. Financial Impact ..........................................13
   3. Recommendations ................................................14
   4. Summary ........................................................15
   5. IANA Considerations ............................................15
   6. Security Considerations ........................................15
   7. Informative References .........................................16
   IAB Members at the Time of Approval ...............................18
   Author's Address ..................................................18

1.  Introduction

   The RFC Editor is both the publisher and the archivist for the RFC
   Series, a series of technical specifications and policy documents
   that includes foundational Internet standards [RFC6635] [RFC-SERIES].
   The goal of the RFC Editor is to is to produce clear, consistent, and
   readable documents for the Internet community.  Over time, the RFC
   Editor will use as many modern features, such as hyperlinks and
   content markup, within the document as necessary to convey the
   information the authors intended for their audience.  As the
   archivist, however, the main goal is to preserve both the information
   described and the documents themselves for the indefinite future.  To
   meet both of these goals, the RFC Editor must find the necessary
   balance between the publication needs of today and the archival needs
   of tomorrow, while acknowledging a finite set of resources to
   complete both aspects of the RFC Editor function.

   While many files are created during the editing process, this
   document focuses on the archival needs of the Internet-Drafts (I-Ds)
   that were approved for publication and the RFCs that resulted from
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