[consult] Call for Community Consultation - Software Repository

Brian Dickson briand at ca.afilias.info
Wed Jan 16 15:50:06 EST 2008

Member Services wrote:
> ARIN received a suggestion (2008.1) that "ARIN shall maintain a software 
> repository (with retrieval via anonymous FTP, HTTP, or other protocols 
> in keeping with best current practices) for user-contributed schemas, 
> software, and other tools for dealing with data published by ARIN."
General comment: Excellent idea!
> The complete suggestion can be viewed at:
> http://www.arin.net/acsp/suggestions/2008-1.html
> As a result, ARIN would like to solicit input to the following questions 
> from the following community:
> 1. Should software in this repository be restricted only to 
> contributions that are licensed to be in the public domain? If so, what 
> license should be used (GNU/BSD/others)?
The code directly maintained (per #2 below) should be GPLv3. Other code 
should not have restrictions,
other than the usual legal stuff when anything is hosted or mirrored 
(AUP stuff).
> 2. Should the repository allow separate developers facilities to 
> maintain code directly (tools like subversion) or be a static-read only 
> repository?
Both. There should be a developer area (e.g. subversion stuff), and 
mirror(s) of other relevant projects
hosted elsewhere, read-only.
> 3. Should the repository only house collections that reflect ARIN's mission?
The limitation for "ARIN mission" should only be applied to the code 
maintained directly.
Other code should be loosely characterized as being of interest to many 
in the ARIN community.

Brian Dickson
> Discussion on this list will close at noon EST 30 January 2008. Based on 
> the feedback provided, ARIN will then develop a plan regarding this 
> suggestion. If ARIN decides to move forward on this, ARIN will offer 
> this service with an acceptable use policy outlining warranties, 
> commercial use, and community shared enhancements.
> The ARIN Consultation and Suggestion Process documentation is available 
> at: http://www.arin.net/about_us/corp_docs/acsp.html
> We welcome community-wide participation.  Please address any process 
> questions to info at arin.net.
> Regards,
> Member Services
> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
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