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Best Practice Programme

(Links to Strategy 3: Technical Development and Innovation)

Sponsor: Jamie Baddeley

Staff Support: Campbell Gardiner

Status: On holdSmiley_Indifferent  


InternetNZ proposes establishing an Industry Best Practice Programme to develop technical standards that further the security and stability of the Internet in New Zealand.

The 'vision' for the Industry Best Practice Programme is as follows:

Best practice documents detailing industry-accepted technical practices and processes would be written. Documents would relate to delivery of Internet services/technology in New Zealand. 

Documents could be used to form flexible codes of practice in the Internet area, or to form a body of knowledge for future generations of Internet enablers in NZ to leverage and refer to.


$20,000 in 2009/10.

Overall Progress Summary:

The technical community (NZNOG) has reacted enthusiastically to the idea of having a Best Practice Programme. While plenty support the concept of a Best Practice Programme, getting people enthused on drafting / assessing documents is problematic. An exemplar document is being considered, to test the waters and people's enthusiasm for the project.

Activities Planned for next month:

  • None. Project on-hold.


June 2009:

  • Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards launched.  More information here.

September 2008:

  • Discussion on an exemplar best practice document with a possible interested party.

July - August 2008:

  • Followed up on Best Practice action points from 12 June Tech-Pol meeting. Namely:
  • Established a list of people interested in taking a more active part in the project.
  • Drafted a document outlining intended next steps in the project, with time-lines.

June 2008:

  • Tech-Pol Committee discussion, with 'next steps' sketched out. (See 12 June meeting minutes for full details.

May 2008:

  • Sent Best Practice summary to NZNOG list for feedback.

April 2008:

  • Reworked draft paper for NZNOG list, detailing the Best Practice Programme, and seeking feedback.

February - March 2008:

  • Project discussed at tech-pol committee meeting, in February.
  • Staff worked on crafting a one-page summary to go to NZNOG list.

January 2008:

  • Overview of Industry Best Practice Programme given at NZNOG 2008 Conference, in Dunedin.

December 2007:

  • Project discussed at tech-pol committee meeting.

October 2007:

  • Project discussed at tech-pol committee meeting.

July - August 2007:

  • Proposal relating to establishment of the Industry Best Practice Programme sent to tech-pol mailing list in July 2007.
  • Some mailing list activity in response.
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