The RIPE Database serves as a data repository for Internet resource assignments and allocations in the RIPE NCC's service region. Among other purposes, it serves as a contact repository for administrative, technical and operational matters regarding IP address ranges and Autonomous System Numbers.
Over time, some mechanisms became available, such as the Incident Response Team (IRT) object and an "abuse-mailbox:" attribute.
Different communities seem to have developed varying expectations and understanding of how the data quality for such contact information can be maintained at a high level, and how and when a report sent to such a contact mechanism will be responded to or otherwise acted upon.
Recently, some RIPE Policy Proposals were submitted for consideration and these proposals (2010-08, 2010-09 and 2010-10) were discussed in the Address Policy Working Group, the Anti-Abuse Working Group and briefly in the Database Working Group during the RIPE 61 Meeting in Rome.
Deliberations among the responsible working group chairs and senior policy experts suggested that investigation be carried out to get a deeper understanding of the motivations behind the policy proposals, the expected outcomes, the operational and maintenance implications and the role the RIPE Database could perform to support the desired results. It was then suggested to the community and the policy proponents that the most efficient way to progress the issue would be the creation of a RIPE Task Force. There was no objection raised by the members of the community present at the meeting.
[This draft mandate is for consideration, modification and refinement by the task force]
The task force is mandated to:
The Taskforce should: