This is a Request for Information (RFI). The purpose of this RFI is to obtain feedback from the
IETF community on the Statement of Work (SOW), identify potential suppliers and developers for an
IETF IETF Email List Archiving, Web-based Browsing and Search Tool, and to seek comments on the
(SOW) from such suppliers/developers to inform the preparation of a possible RFP.
We seek information on how to improve the IETF email list archiving and searching systems. The IETF
makes heavy use of email lists to conduct its work. Participants frequently need to search the
archives of these lists, and have asked for improved search capabilities, particularly when the
search needs to cover a large period of time, or cross several lists. The current tools for
performing these searches require several manually coordinated steps, which are error prone.
More advanced search capabilities have been constructed for a limited subset of the available lists
and are exposed in the "Email Archives Quick Search" section of the main IETF website. While these
tools are of great assistance, there is still significant need for mprovement. The current
archive mechanism could also be made more efficient.
The RFI can be found at: http://iaoc.ietf.org/rfpsrfis.html
The Statement of Work can be found at: http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-sparks-genarea-mailarch-05
Expressions of interest from potential bidders and all SOW comments are due by 16 April 2012 and
should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the RFI for more details.
Questions about this RFI can be addressed to email@example.com by 19 March 2012.
All questions and answers will be posted on the website at http://iaoc.ietf.org/rfpsrfis.html.
The identity of the question's originator will not be disclosed.
All information submitted in response to this announcement is voluntary and may be used in the
development of the RFP.
IETF Administrative Director