[consult] Call for Community Consultation - Software Repository

Michael Smith mksmith at adhost.com
Fri Jan 18 01:07:25 EST 2008

Hello All:

Comments in line.

On Jan 16, 2008, at 12:14 PM, 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."
> 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)?

As long as the author provides consent directly or tacitly by  
uploading the software themselves, that should be sufficient.  I don't  
think ARIN needs to adhere to any one license.  However, a nicely  
worded disclaimer about warranties or, more specifically, a lack  
thereof, is probably advised.
> 2. Should the repository allow separate developers facilities to
> maintain code directly (tools like subversion) or be a static-read  
> only
> repository?

I opt for static-read only because I think that a CVS repository steps  
outside of ARIN's mission.  I like the idea of providing tools to the  
ARIN community, but I don't think the ARIN membership should incur the  
costs of maintaining a CVS repository for software.  Having a web page  
that either links to outside sites or to a local ARIN site is  
preferable to me.
> 3. Should the repository only house collections that reflect ARIN's  
> mission?
I think so.  If not, where would it end?  Would ARIN become a FreeBSD  
mirror, or a CPAN mirror?  Not that I particularly mind either way,  
but I think the ARIN Membership through the Board and Advisory Council  
should limit the scope of the site to those things that pertain to:

1) ARIN-provided services
2) RIR-provided services

Personally, I would opt for number 2 because a lot of the stuff I have  
to do transcends ARIN to the RIR's as a whole.


Mike Smith
mksmith at adhost.com

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