REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD)
unmoderated group comp.databases.etl
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This is a formal Request For Discussion (RFD) for the creation of a
world-wide unmoderated Usenet newsgroup comp.databases.etl. This is
not a Call for Votes (CFV); you cannot vote at this time. Procedural
details are below.
This newsgroup will be for the discussion of topics related to ETL: the
extraction, transfer, and loading of data from one database to another.
ETL is a known acronym to people who work with databases. It is
used to represent the acquisition, integration used and mobility of
data between systems and organizations.
This newsgroup will be useful to those involved in the complex task
of implementing data warehousing, customer relationship
management (CRM), business intelligence (BI) and other data-centric
projects. The newsgroup comp.databases touch on ETL issues, but
these messages are scattered. When searching for ETL messages,
postings were discovered scattered about numerous newsgroups:
This is not a complete list. There were so many messages to pour
through, and the end of the search list seemed very far away.
Messages were found dating back to 1997, but most seemed to be
from the last two years. A commonly repeated question found was
"Why use ETL tools? Which ones are good?"
There are many complex issues surrounding the purchase or
development of an ETL tool, cost, schedule, and effectiveness are
probably the most common. This forum will aid those who are
weighing their options about whether to build or buy. It will give
users a place to express their opinions on what factors to consider
when implementing an ETL solution, and what ETL tools best suit
specific ETL needs.
This forum will provide a place for people to discuss ETL
architectures. Participants will be able to correspond regardless of
the type of project on which they are focused. Information will be
exchanged on evaluations of COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf
Software) ETL tools, as well as the scope of developing custom ETL
solutions. The term ETL has an industry track record of better than
five years, and is commonly known in the RDBMS (relational
database management system) market.
The ETL knowledgebase can be expanded through the creation of its
own forum. Additionally, it will be a single source for ETL users
to go when they face a difficult ETL challenge and wish to obtain
Commercial postings will be discouraged.
Sample topics for discussion include:
Data quality assessment/resolution
Complex transformation templates
Technology tips & tricks
This is a request for discussion, not a call for votes. In this phase
of the process, any potential problems with the proposed newsgroups
should be raised and resolved. The discussion period will continue
for a minimum of 21 days (starting from when the first RFD for this
proposal is posted to news.announce.newgroups), after which a Call
For Votes (CFV) may be posted by a neutral vote taker if the
discussion warrants it. Please do not attempt to vote until this
All discussion of this proposal should be posted to news.groups.
This RFD attempts to comply fully with the Usenet newsgroup creation
guidelines outlined in "How to Create a New Usenet Newsgroup" and
"How to Format and Submit a New Group Proposal". Please refer to
these documents (available in news.announce.newgroups) if you have
any questions about the process.
This RFD has been posted to the following newsgroups: