When the IAB issued the initial call for participation for the upcoming
ENAME workshop, several folks pointed out conflicts for potential
attendees on the proposed dates. Among the conflicts were meetings of
the DNS Operations, Analysis, and Research Center (OARC), ISO's
technical committee on coded character sets (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2), and the
Information-Centric Networking Research Group (ICNRG). After
considering these conflicts and others for the times near the original
dates, the IAB has decided to change the dates to October 10th and 11th.
Microsoft has kindly offered a venue in Vancouver, British Columbia for
Note that the new dates immediately follow both Canadian Thanksgiving
and the U.S. Columbus Day holiday. While this represents a different
conflict problem, the IAB has agreed that the overlap with OARC, ICNRG,
SC2, and the related meetings were serious enough to accept the
trade-off. In order to minimize the impact of holiday travel to the
extent possible, we intend for the workshop to be a half-day on the 10th
and a full day on the 11th.
The updated call for participation is below.
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Call for Participation
IAB workshop on Explicit Internet Naming Systems
Internet namespaces relyon Internet connected systems sharing a common
set of assumptions on the scope, method of resolution, and uniqueness of
the names. That set of assumption allowed the creation of URIs and
other systems which presumed that you could authoritatively identify a
service using an Internet name, a service port, and a set of
locally-significant path elements.
There are now multiple challenges to maintaining that commonality of
* Some naming systems wish to use URIs to identify both a service and
the method of resolution used to map the name to a serving node.
Because there is no common facility for varying the resolution
method in the URI structure, those naming systems must either mint
new URI schemes for each resolution service or infer the resolution
method from a reserved name or pattern. Both methods are currently
difficult and costly, and the effort thus scales poorly.
* Users’ intentions to refer to specific names are now often expressed
in voice input, gestures, and other methods which must be
interpreted before being put into practice. The systems which carry
on that interpretation often infer which intent a user is
expressing, and thus what name is meant, by contextual elements.
Those systems are linked to existing systems who have no access to
that context and which may thus return results or create security
expectations for an unintended name.
* Unicode allows for both combining characters and composed characters
when local language communities have different practices. When these
do not have a single normalization, context is required to determine
which to produce or assume in resolution. How can this context be
maintained in Internet systems?
While any of these challenges could easily be the topic of a stand-alone
effort, this workshop seeks to explore whether there is a common set of
root problems in the explicitness of the resolution context, heuristic
derivation of intent, or language matching. If so, it seeks to
identify promising areas for the development of new, more explicit
naming systems for the Internet.
We invite position papers on this topic to be submitted by July 28, 2017
toename(_at_)iab(_dot_)org <mailto:ename(_at_)iab(_dot_)org>. Decisions on accepted
submissions will be made by August 11, 2017.
Proposed dates for the workshop are October 10th and 11th, 2017 and the
proposed location is Vancouver, British Columbia. Further logistics
will be provided to selected participants.
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