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C&C 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.

For design considerations related to this plan see Group Naming Design Considerations.

For open issues / questions / concerns see Groups Service Open Issues.

2.  Concepts and terminology

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In some important environments group names are in the same namespace as UW NetIDs.  To accomodate this, group names (at least the NetID-style group names defined in this document) must be considered to be part of the larger UW NetID namespace.  See UW NetID Namespace for more information.

This naming plan does not preclude the implementation of additional naming plans, for example a plan with longer names with a larger character set. 

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Group names are names in the UW NetID namespace.  The syntax defined here is a profile of the Base UW NetID syntax.

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

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