[dns-operations] Planning the 2021 DITL collection

Matthew Pounsett matt at dns-oarc.net
Wed Feb 24 11:37:05 UTC 2021

OARC is beginning planning for the 2021 Day in the Life (DITL) collection.  Community DNS operators who wish to participate in the collection, and have not already done so, should join the ditl at lists.dns-oarc.net mailing list[0] in the next few days.  Announcements will be made on Friday, on the DITL mailing list, regarding the specifics of this year's collection.  This is the only notice about the collection that will be sent to this list.

A reminder that the DITL mailing list has a strict “no spectators” policy.  Only contributors to the collection will be permitted to subscribe.

About the Day in the Life Collection

Every year, DNS OARC runs a data collection event known as the Day in the Life collection.  DNS operators from around the globe run packet captures over the same 48 hour period, and contribute them to the community for ongoing research into the activity of the global DNS.  DITL data gathered will be made available to OARC Members and to
researchers under the terms of the OARC Data Sharing Agreement[1].  Research using the data sets has strict requirements regarding aggregation and anonymization, and is always made public.

OARC seeks to receive contributions from root server operators, TLD operators, operators of other significant authoritative zones, and recursive operators.

Although there are no hard and fast limits, we hope to see recursive contributions from recursive services with clients in the high hundreds to low tens of thousands of clients.  Recursive operators such as universities, small to medium sized ISPs, and large enterprises are ideal. Recursive server collections are always made “above” the server, between the recursive and authoritative, and not between the recursive and the end-user.

More information about the DITL collections can be found here: <https://www.dns-oarc.net/oarc/data/ditl>

Matt Pounsett
DNS-OARC Systems Engineering

[0]: <https://lists.dns-oarc.net/mailman/listinfo/ditl>
[1]: <https://www.dns-oarc.net/files/agreements/oarc-datashare.pdf>
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