2021.02.10 community meeting unofficial notes

It was mentioned in the chat this morning that
there was no link to slides or anything on the agenda
for the community meeting that happened this morning,
so I offered to share the notes I was jotting down during
the meeting, to give an idea of what was covered for those
in timelines not as friendly to the meeting time, or to those
with conflicts. ^_^;

Thanks so much to the staff, Elizabeth, Steve, and Ed
for the great presentations this morning!


2021.02.10 NANOG81 community meeting

Speaker Edward McNair, NANOG

Steve Feldman, ViacomCBS

Elizabeth Culley, Comcast


Michael Voity kicks off the meeting at 0901 hours Pacific time

to go over the agenda for the day.

special announcements:

fill out surveys! The PC reads all of them!

And if you’re a lucky winner, you’ll get a

$100 gift card!

Looking for presentation proposals for NANOG82!

check out sponsors at virtual expo both;

sponsors have stepped up to the challenge

with interesting offerings.

first talk today is hosted by edward mcnair,

with Elizabeth Culley and Steve Feldman.

Ed Mcnair has been with nanog since 2005, and

has been ED since 2018;

Steve has been contributing to nanog since its

inception since 1994, and has been involved with

PC for the last 20 years.

Elizabeth Culley is peering coordinator with

comcast, and is completing her first year on

the PC; this is her first time presenting to


welcome edward, steve and elizabeth, it’s

great to have you here.

Edward takes a few moments to give some updates

on the organization;

strategic plan narrowed to 3 areas;


meeting experience,

online collaboration,

another piece built out is the strategic


encompasses from NANOG73 to NANOG 85.

purpose is to see what we are aiming to

achieve and what we will put forward.

we always like to hear your comments,

there is a feedback button that goes to

NANOG staff, and he reads them all.

Take a moment to honor the nanog staff;

counting himself, there are 6.5 staff

members, as Claudia works with them


Claudia, Leigh, Valerie, Shawn, Darrieux (Dee), and Brandi

all work very hard to ensure that we can have

a quality program.

Our 2020 annual report will be coming out

soon; to give a linear record of what we’ve

accompished over the course of 2020;

we’ll do polls at the end of the section;

log into the polls at pollEV.com/nanog

Over to Steve feldman;

at end of every NANOG, there is a Program commitee

get together; after SF, decided to have retreat in 2020;

planned to do it in Boston or Seattle; but then

things changed, and they couldn’t get together in person;

so they had a virtual retreat, 2 days, dec 16 2020,

and jan 13 2021 to go over various items.

some of the items covered:

PC structure

new member onboarding

PC handbook update



review roles, responsibliities

need to document them better


are we optiimizing our effort?

some don’t seem to do much.

will add some new ones.

diversity of skills and perspectives

need to get people who have different

industry perspectives.

other topics at virutal retreat

meeting format

how to do hybrid meetings

we optimize time for training and tutorial

we focus on human interaction; need to accomodate people

in different timezones.

talk solicitation and selection

attracting new speakers

expanding the audience

standardize voting

content review

PC’s strategic vision.

Liz, chairing our data analysis effort;

for past 20 years, we’ve been building a

repository of tracks, tutorials, keynote speeches,

lightning talks;

we have a long history of hosting the voices of

those building the internet.

what comes up in NANOG is often in the leading edge

of technology trends;

this effort will be to mine the repository,

to help us keep up with the onslaught of demand.

cataloging NANOG;

we are recording the details of every presentation,

tutoria and keynote;

tagging each record with relevant metadata

provide intuitive web page of popular topics

porovide data to potential speakers on history of any topic

which topics are asked for most often

which videos are most viewed.

use surveys and data on view counts to project

topics that will be of most interest.

looking at last 5 years of NANOG data;

how many times this topic

44 topics on DNS

40 requests for automation, but 26 talks on automation

Geoff Huston comes up a lot

look at how many times talks are viewed on youtube;

27K views of 44 DNS talks on youtube;

26 automation videos got 77K views.

A lot of people would say they’re experts in a field;

how can they talk about their job when it’s 100%

proprietary, and they can’t talk about their day


take a look at the request counts, how many presentations

we get, so even doing a 101 intro class is a great way to

get your feet wet.

66% of presentations are on top 20 subjects.

115 categoreis in presentations and requests match

the survey requests.

if we watched all the talks and presentations, 8 hours

a day, it woud take 8 weeks to watch the all

550 prsentations, 357 speakers, 218 organizations.

90% of speakers present 1 or 2 times.

looking forward; want to give huge thanks to

Jeff Bartig, Anna Valsami, and Valerie Wittkop

for doing the work to move it forwrd;

and thank you to PC for creating the new data

analysis committee, and providing the sunlight

and support to make this a reality.

we have 1300 recorded and tagged;

we expect 2100 items; easy part is done, now we’re

getting into the hard part.

Jeff Bartig wrote scripts to download from youtube;

there’s a lot of stuff in agendas that have to be gone

through one at a time.

in midst of the project; would love to hear from you;

what else would you like to see?

now, for polls–what topic would you like to see?

and you can always put feedback in the web feedback


Seems that Geoff Huston, IPv6, Automation, Cloud,

Virtualization are hot topics!

are you planning to attend minnapolis nanog82 in


most are undecided or will attend virtually.

most seem to lean to attending virtually.

likewise for toronto, nanog83

it looks like most people are waiting for vaccines to

be available before they will come. So far, most

have not yet taken the vaccine, but also most are

planning to take the vaccine once they are able to.

Over to you, Michael;

Thank you to Edward, Steve and Elizabeth for their time.

Network Automation treasure hunt without a map is up next.

Thank you for this!

Ahem… slides are linked… you must click on the talk title under the “Topic” column of the agenda.



Valerie Wittkop - NANOG Program Director
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Matt, thank you for the notes, very helpful!

(Also, sorry for dropping out of the BoF, my ISP decided it was time for some
downtime, I hope they'll get it sorted)



They are linked now, but when I looked this morning before the
talk started, there wasn’t a link to the slides. ^_^;;

Thanks for getting them put up! :slight_smile: