What would it take to get them cataloged individually?
I believe that getting each RFC cataloged individually would not
be possible using an ISSN, so we would need to employ ISBNs.
My understanding of ISBNs is as follows:
In the US, the ISBN Agency is Bowker
defines the products eligible for an ISBN and standards do
fit in the definition. This faq also discusses the purpose
and why/when an ISBN should be used.
To apply ISBNs to RFC, the process would need to be something like:
- obtain a block of ISBN numbers (e.g. 1,000 of them)
- note that a block of 1,000 is $1570 per
- then assign an ISBN number to each RFC before it publication,
and register each not-yet-published RFC against the ISBN per
Setting this up take work and a modest on-going budget. Once in place,
the ongoing effort would be less. That being said, ISBN numbers are not
free, so I think we'd need to identify some tangible benefits to really
doing this, before deciding to proceed.
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