Evidence Record Syntax (ERS)
RFC 4998

Approval announcement
Draft of message to be sent after approval:

From: The IESG <iesg-secretary@ietf.org>
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Cc: Internet Architecture Board <iab@iab.org>,
    RFC Editor <rfc-editor@rfc-editor.org>, 
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Subject: Protocol Action: 'Evidence Record Syntax (ERS)' to 
         Proposed Standard 

The IESG has approved the following document:

- 'Evidence Record Syntax (ERS) '
   <draft-ietf-ltans-ers-16.txt> as a Proposed Standard

This document is the product of the Long-Term Archive and Notary Services 
Working Group. 

The IESG contact persons are Tim Polk and Pasi Eronen.

A URL of this Internet-Draft is:
http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-ltans-ers-16.txt

Technical Summary

  In many scenarios, users must be able prove the existence and
  integrity of data, including digitally signed data, in a common and
  reproducible way over a long and possibly undetermined period of time.
  This document specifies the syntax and processing of an Evidence
  Record, a structure designed to support long-term non-repudiation of
  existence of data.

Working Group Summary

  The LTANS WG reached consensus on this document.

Protocol Quality

  There exist several implementations of the specification.  At least
  two vendors have already run compatibility tests based on draft
  version 08, and they will run final tests after the publication of
  ERS.

  This document was reviewed by Tim Polk for the IESG.