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Re: Publish or (gulp) Perish

  • From: Michael.Dillon
  • Date: Thu Mar 25 05:50:11 2004

>> Powerpoints have a hard time matching the depth of a refereed journal
>> submission, because with the powerpoint, soundbites tend to take
>> precedence over content.

>Vijay hit it on the head - have we all been foolish by trying to put our
>collective expression of service provider best practices and network 
>into an archive of Powerpoint? To quote the Magic Eight Ball, "All
>indications point to yes"

It's true that a lot of slide presentations don't have any other 
information to back them up. When a researcher presents something
you can almost always go to their published (or pre-published) works
for more information. But this is less true of operator presentations.

So, should NANOG sponsor a document series, like the RFCs or the RIPE
documents, that would form a body of knowledge for IP network operations
best practice? If we did do this, it wouldn't spring into being
overnight, but the program committee could give precedence to 
presenters who submit a paper backing up their slides.

Or is this all too academic and too formal for this self-organized
criticality that we call NANOG?

--Michael Dillon

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