by Darius Kazemi, August 31 2019
A bibliography from IBM
RFC-243 is titled “Network and Data Sharing Bibliography”. It's authored by Alvin P. Mullery of IBM and dated October 5, 1971.
The technical content
One of the purposes of the Request For Comments series is for researchers to share bibliographies with one another. That is, to let other researchers know about interesting papers that you've read recently and to help everyone in the community keep on top of the state of the art.
This bibliography contains papers in the following categories:
- general data structures
- data description
- data conversion
- data management
- data security
- data transmission
- network design
The “network design” section is dominated by ARPANET or ARPANET-adjacent authors. The other sections have far less overlap with the NWG community!
Most papers are from 1968-1971. One standout is the only paper in the “data security” section, which is volume 9 of Paul Baran's RAND-published classic, “On Distributed Communication”. You can read about the historical important of this series of papers and you can download all the volumes from there, including volume 9.
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I'm Darius Kazemi. I'm an independent technologist and artist. I do a lot of work on the decentralized web with ActivityPub, including a Node.js reference implementation, an RSS-to-ActivityPub converter, and a fork of Mastodon, called Hometown. You can support my work via my Patreon.