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Document Status:  The plan is in effect, though some elements are not yet implemented and some systems are in transition from older name forms.  See the Change Log section at the end for substantive change history.

1.  Introduction

UW Information Technology (UW-IT) is incrementally extending the UW Groups Service to support new modes of group definition, more groups, more campus organizations defining groups, and more uses for groups.  A key design component is a naming plan for groups that supports the eventual campus-wide scope of the service.  It is desirable to start naming groups using a plausible scheme, even while many other aspects of the system are not yet in place.  This document specifies a group naming plan for the UW Groups Service, including syntax and top-level name components.


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Character set:  Name components are limited to lowercase letters \[groups:a-z\], digits \[groups:0-9\], dash ("-"), and period (".").



4.  UW top-level stems

UW Technology -IT (acting as institutional group naming authority) controls the top-level stem space.  Top-level stems can be created as needed, based on discussion with stakeholders and establishment of clear definition and requirements.  Like any stem, a top-level stem must have a well-defined naming authority to manage it.


  uwYear + uwQuarter + "-" + uwCurric + uwCrsNo + uwSectID

See UW Course Groups for definitions of the above attribute types.