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Re: New Document available: RIPE-271

  • To: Ann Harding < >
  • From: "Henk Uijterwaal (RIPE-NCC)" < >
  • Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 20:34:29 +0200 (CEST)

Ann,

> Despite the title of document RIPE-271, the term 'hostcount' seems to be
> used purely to provide an extended historic baseline for the statistical
> work of RIPE NCC.  The document is silent on proposals to improve the
> quality of the hostcount and, thereby, the integrity of the DNS.

Correct. The goal of the document was to discuss measurements and whether
the NCC should do them, not details of specific projects. We do have a
number of specific ideas to improve the current hostcount.  These will be
discussed in a second document with implementation details.  This document
will be written after Thursday's discussion.

> Although it cannot be inferred that this is the intent,  if the principles
> of openness outlined for TTM were to be extended to the hostcount, it would
> undermine previous assurances given by RIPE that the raw hostcount
> information would not be generally available
> -http://www.ripe.net/ripencc/pub-services/stats/hostcount/faq.html#rawdata.

Open, IMHO, means that the data is available for anybody who wants to do
serious work on the data, not that it is freely downloadable with no
control from our side.

Henk

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