Your guide to WCIT documentation

Don't drown in WCIT docs, use our search pages to make sense of it all.

With over 200 documents and many thousands of pages it is extremely difficult to even find relevant documents for the WCIT conference yet alone understand and digest what has been said and what is being proposed.

The ITU's staff has done an excellent job in distilling those inputs - called contributions - and there is one large document from which much of the conference will work, called "Final report of the Council Working Group to prepare for the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (CWG-WCIT12)".

That document is still overwhelming however. Added to which, just a week out from the conference, and far past the 3 November deadline, new documents are still being received (from Tunisia, Cuba, Australia, Russia, Israel and Paraguay, so far).

We have put every document into simple HTML language (used to make webpages) and given each a simple URL so there is the ability to search and crosslink. We have also flagged and tagged each document so that can be quickly and easily discovered.

Two types of documents

We have created two types of documents: contributions and other related documentation to the conference and its preparatory work; and suggested individual changes to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) that will be used as the foundation for the conference.

All contributions are listed on a single page at http://news.dot-nxt.com/itu/wcit/docs-by-meeting.

They are broken out by date and meeting, with the most recent at the top. There were eight meetings of the Council Working Group that did the preparatory work for the conference, the first in January 2010 and the most recent in June this year. Those documents were compiled together in the Final Report mentioned above.

On top of those documents are those specifically produced for the conference itself (the Plenary) and they are typically entitled: "Proposals for the work of the conference."

We have also created a search page to enable a fast and multi-faceted dive into the documents. That page enables you to search by "Source", "Document Type" and "Meeting". It can be found at http://news.dot-nxt.com/itu/wcit/docs-search

The Source is who the document came from. The Document Type is set up using the ITU's own naming system, namely:

  • C: Contribution - a document for review and discussion
  • ADM: Administrative Documents - covering things like attendees, information for attendees and so on
  • INF: Information Documents - documents intended to act as backgrounders
  • DT, DL: Temporary Documents - documents made up of the latest information and used for discussion. 'DL' is official "draft temporary documents" but in reality DT and DL and largely the same thing.

The Meeting search term covers the eight Working Group meeting and the actual conference.

ITR change documents

In the Final Report, and in all the documents from the conference itself, plus all those documents that will be created during the conference, the discussion and workflow will be controlled through reference to particular articles in the existing ITRs, as well as through reference to suggested new articles.

For example, proposed change CWG/4A2/22 appears as below:

MOD CWG/4A2/22

6 1.4 References to CCITTITU-T Recommendations [and Instructions] in these Regulations are not to be taken as giving to those Recommendations [and Instructions] the same legal status as the Regulations.

What this means is the following:

  • The proposed change is MOD - a modification of existing text, as opposed to ADD (new text) or NOC (no change needed).
  • The change was put forward by the Council Working Group (CWG), in this case in its compilation of others' proposals.
  • The proposed change comes from Contribution 4A2, which means the second Addendum attached to Contribution 4 for the Plenary.
  • The proposed change is number 22 in that document.
  • The change impacts Article 1.4 of the ITRs.

The change in this case is to simply replace the word " CCITT" with "ITU-T". The CCITT was the relevant organization when the ITRs were created in 1988 so this change simply updates the article to reflect the current reality where the ITU-T has that role.

There are more than 600 of these changes (and counting) and the bulk of the conference will be taken up in deciding where the consensus is on all these changes. Some will be uncontroversial, like the example given above, some will not.

We will list every proposed change on this page, broken out by article and then most recent proposed change: http://news.dot-nxt.com/itu/wcit/itr-proposed-changes.

That page is likely to be overwhelming so we have also provide a search page at http://news.dot-nxt.com/itu/wcit/itr-change-search.

This page will allow multiple filters to be applied to enable people to locate relevant proposed changes quickly and easily.

We have also set up a simple URL naming protocol so if you know the name of the change it can be found easily. The one quoted above - CWG/4A2/22 - can be found at:

http://news.dot-nxt.com/itu/wcit/CWG/4/22

Note that we have dropped the "A2" in "4A2". We have combined documents wherever possible to simplify matters.

We are also building out pages by Article itself so you will be able to have a single page listing all proposed changes for particular articles.

Those pages will be accessible using this naming protocol:

http://news.dot-nxt.com/itu/wcit/itr/x/x

Where "x/x" will be the article e.g. 1a for 1a) and 1/1a for 1.1a).

Hyperlinks

Wherever possible we will connect up all many thousands of interlinks between the documents to make moving around the documents as fluid as possible. If you find a hyperlink that would be incredibly useful but doesn't exist, please let us know in a quick email to info@dot-nxt.com and provide the relevant URLs and we will connect them up.

Following events as they happen

Conferences are very fluid and often go at a breakneck speed, especially when there are many hundreds of changes to be discussed and approved, modified or rejected.

We hope to make it possible to follow events live through the actual documentation and use of the pages above. We will also be reporting in a traditional news format to keep people abreast. And using social media to provide live updates.

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