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Using the terminology promoted in the Internet2 Grouper project, specific group namespaces are referred to as "stems".  A stem is created for the purpose of creating and managing groups (and other stems) based on it, and to control access to these operations.  The entity (or entities) responsible for managing a stem is a "naming authority" for that stem.  A naming authority may delegate control of namespaces based on its stem to other naming authorities.

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  uwx_partners_foo
  uwx_partners_bar

Note: group names cannot be created without a parent stem.  Using the above example:

  uwx_partners_foo
  uwx_partners_bar

may not be created without first creating the group

  uwx_partners

4.  UW top-level stems

UW-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.

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Groups named to support UW organizations use short organization identifiers as the component following the uw_ stem.  Typically these names are used as stems for the management of potentially many groups within that organization.  As a general rule names under this stem will correspond to DNS subdomains under uw.edu or washington.edu that have been delegated for organizational use.  For example, if a fictional UW organization "Pavement Science" has an existing DNS subdomain "pavesci.washington.edu", then

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Note:  Changes affecting the use or deployment of the naming plan are recorded here.  Editorial changes or clarifications need not be recorded here.

Date

Name

Description

16-Jun-2008

RL "Bob" Morgan

Change section 4.1 to remove application UW NetIDs, clarify examples; change section 4.2 to make examples more generic

11-Jun-2008

RL "Bob" Morgan

Change section 4.2 to include support for organization names under the uw_ stem.

28-May-2008

RL "Bob" Morgan

Change section 4.1 (UW NetID Stem) to indicate that admin netids can have these groups, but mailing list names cannot.
Remove "Proposal" from document name.