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1 October 2013
NRENum.net service policy and new global governance

An updated policy for the NRENum.net service, which makes collaborative video and voice communications easy to use, and a newly-created Global NRENum.net Governance Committee (GNGC) were noted by the TERENA Executive Committee on 25 September 2013.

The NRENum.net community’s request for a firmer basis for NRENum.net operations and governance worldwide stems from the wider deployment and growing use of this end-user telephone number mapping (ENUM) service, which is made available to academia by NRENs (national research and education networking organisations).

Governance Committee

The GNGC is the highest-level strategic body responsible for overall NRENum.net service definition, sustainability and long-term strategy. This includes formulating and recommending service governance principles and policies.

The GNGC consists of six representatives of the regions where the service is available, appointed by the NRENum.net community for a two-year mandate:

  • Europe - Tim Boundy (Janet), Erik Kikkenborg (NORDUnet)
  • Americas - Ben Fineman (Internet2), Alex Galhano Robertson (RNP)
  • Asia Pacific - Bill Efthimiou (AARNet), Praveen Misra (ERNET)

Operations Team

The NRENum.net Operations Team (OT), responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Tier-0 root Domain Name Systems and the handling of country code delegation requests, may escalate technical or policy issues to the GNGC for discussion.

TERENA and NRENum.net

TERENA is responsible for ensuring the correct and secure operations of the NRENum.net service by the NRENum.net Operations Team, and governance by the GNGC. TERENA also supports the development of technical improvements to the NRENum.net service and promotes the deployment of NRENum.net worldwide.

Further information

It was first decided to update the service policy and look into creating a high-level governance committee for the global NRENum.net service during a joint meeting of NRENum.net and the GEANT's project's eduCONF service in March 2013 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The NRENum.net policy document.

More information about NRENum.net.