by Darius Kazemi, July 7 2019
Data management meeting
RFC-188 is titled “Data Management Meeting Announcement” and authored by Peggy Karp of MITRE and Douglas B. McKay of IBM. It's dated January 28, 1971.
The technical content
This RFC announces the first Network Data Management meeting. This meeting was already announced in RFC-173, but this is the formal announcement.
The RFC is dated January 28, 1971. I don't believe this date. It doesn't match with RFCs of a similar number (late July 1971), and also the idea that a committee meeting would be planned six months in advance seems very un-ARPANET. Also, according to RFC-173 this meeting was planned as a result of the discussions at NWG meeting at the Spring Joint Computer Conference. Furthermore, all the RFCs referenced in this document were written between April and July 1971.
My guess is that whoever transcribed this in the late 1990s had a brain fart and kept writing “July” as “January”.
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