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'''RIPE''' is the acronym for '''Reseaux IP Europeens''' and represents the RIR for Europe, Middle East and Central Asia.  
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'''Réseaux IP Européens''' ('''RIPE''') is an open forum for members and non-members who have an interest in the technical development of the Internet in Europe and abroad. RIPE is not a formal organization, nor is it a legal entity. No formal membership is required or imposed.<ref>[http://www.apnic.net/community/about-the-internet-community/addressing/nro/rirs RIPE overview]</ref>
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==Short overview==
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RIPE is a separate entity from [[RIPE NCC]], and the two should not be confused. RIPE NCC is a [[RIR|regional internet registry]], responsible for allocating Internet resources and coordinating registration and services for Europe, the Middle East, and parts Central Asia. When referring to the RIPE community, however, there is no distinction between RIPE members or [[RIPE NCC]] members. Anyone who has an active interest in the way the Internet is being managed or governed, specifically within RIPE NCC's jurisdiction in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia, is considered as part of the RIPE community.
It is important to keep in mind that RIPE is not an institution like [[IETF]], but rather an open forum for all members and non-members which may have an interest in the technical development of the Internet. In the same way, RIPE is not a legal entity and there is no formal membership required or imposed. <ref>[http://www.apnic.net/community/about-the-internet-community/addressing/nro/rirs RIPE overview]</ref>
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The main focus and interest of RIPE is the Internet's technical development for the region it represents.  
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==RIPE History==
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RIPE started in 1989 in Amsterdam when a group of IT network operators decided to start organizing meetings to share knowledge and experiences related to their work. There were originally 14 representatives from 6 countries.  
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When referring to the RIPE community, there is no distinction between RIPE members or RIPE NCC members. Anyone who has an interest in the way the Internet is being managed or governed is considered as part of the RIPE community.  
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RIPE became a truly important entity on November 29th, 1989, after an increase in meeting attendance from IT network operators created the need for a coordination center. On September 16th, 1990, RIPE NCC was established to deal with administrative tasks, but it was not formally established and recognized until 1992. RIPE NCC became a separate legal entity in 1998,<ref>[http://www.ripe.net/ripe/about/the-history-of-ripe RIPE history]</ref> although the two organizations remain highly interdependent.
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==RIPE history==
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RIPE NCC supports RIPE by facilitating RIPE meetings and providing support for RIPE working groups. RIPE NCC maintains the RIPE database by creating and managing a document store.
All started in 1989 at Amsterdam when a group of IT network operators decided to start organizing meetings to share knowledge and experiences related to their work. At first there were 14 representatives from 6 countries which were part of 11 networks.  
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RIPE became an organization in November 29 year 1989. More and more IT network operators joined the RIPE meetings and there was a need for a coordination center. A year later, in September 16 year 1990 RIPE NCC was also established for administration tasks. Only in 1992 RIPE NCC was formally established and recognized. <ref>[http://www.ripe.net/ripe/about/the-history-of-ripe RIPE history]</ref>
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==RIPE Working Groups==
 
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In order to deal with issues and develop new policies, RIPE organized various working groups.<ref>[http://www.ripe.net/ripe/groups RIPE working groups]</ref> These issues can be proposed by RIPE members, and often influence RIPE NCC members or the Internet community as a whole. Members of these working groups are volunteers, and maintain communication and discussion by means of mailing lists. Meetings are held biannually.
==RIPE vs RIPE NCC==
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RIPE is not the same thing with RIPE NCC. Their functions, attributions and tasks are different. In this was, according to the official RIPE website, ''"the RIPE NCC (Reseaux IP Europeens Network Coordination Centre) is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally."'' <ref>[http://www.ripe.net/ RIPE]</ref>  
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In this way, the RIPE NCC supports RIPE by facilitating the meeting of this RIR and even providing support for the RIPE working groups. RIPE NNC maintains the RIPE database by creating and managing a document store. RIPE NCC was formally established in 1992 by RIPE.  Starting with 1998. RIPE NCC became a legal entity of its own , but these organizations continue to cooperate as before.
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==RIPE working groups==
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In order to deal with issues and develop new policies, RIPE organized various working groups based on the number of issues studied. These issues can be proposed by RIPE members and influence RIPE NCC members and the whole Internet community. The volunteers which are part of these working groups maintain communication and discussions by means of mailing lists. However, there are two meeting on a yearly basis as RIPE meetings and sessions.  
      
==References==
 
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