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Network Working Group L. Peter DeutschRFC # 446 SRINIC # 14068 January 25, 1973Proposal to consider a Network Program Resource NotebookThe recent requests by Jean Iseli of MITRE for information about allresources of type X available on the network (where X=macro processors,data management systems, and electromagnetic wave analysis programs)lead me to suggest that the NIC be a repository for the replies.Since the exchange of knowledge and techniques (not to mentionprograms) is a central motivating factor in the development of theARPANET, it seems only reasonable that we begin to systematize theprocess now that someone (MITRE and the government agencies on whosebehalf it is acting) feels there is enough information to be worthcollecting.Obviously, the network community should be in a position to profitfrom such compilation at least as much as outside agencies.The NIC already has catalog and keyword capabilities for the Journal anda large index of computer-related documents which are not on-line. Iwould presume that extending this system to include programs anddocumentation would not be a major task and would probably bringimmediate payoffs in terms of increased effectiveness of research sites.This suggestion does not touch on the important larger issue, namely,what obligations does the network community have to act as a service andinformation resource to the outside world (government agencies inparticular) as opposed to its presumed major function of learning abouthow to build and use computer networks and its actual major function ofresearch in many areas of computing which have nothing to do withnetworks at all.I feel that the confusion between the ARPANET as a service networkand the ARPANET as an experiment in the line of network research,and the frustrations and communication failures resulting fromsuperimposing network responsibilities on top of existing researchprojects, have not received adequate contemplation by the networkcommunity.Deutsch [Page 1]
RFC 446 Network Program Resource Notebook January 1973I also feel that the ambiguous status of the network has lead to asharp division between research/maintenance sites and governmentagency user sites, a situation which only can exacerbate my ownfeeling that to some extent the former are being exploited for non-research purposes in a manner that has been fairly rare in thehistory or ARPA/IPT.[ This RFC was put into machine readable form for entry ][ into the online RFC archives by Alex McKenzie with ][ support from GTE, formerly BBN Corp. 9/99 ]Deutsch [Page 2]

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