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When do you need a TechArk?

One of the questions that comes up regularly is:  what kind of projects are appropriate for TechArk?

So, here’s a handy little diagram, perhaps even a logo, to keep that in mind.

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Activity Types

TechArk activities take different shapes and have different funding models, but all are focused on advancing the mission and model through small teams coordinating activities of a neutral platform.

URSA and NOMA are two examples of “microcosm” activities that are designed to tackle a specific question that is impeding technology development and foster cross-industry collaboration to address it.


Additionally, the infrastructure/skills and expertise of TechArk can be used to home a project that would otherwise be a floating collection of volunteers across companies.

Plans for the future include setting up and hosting future-looking technology colloquia, to broaden the horizons of Internet technology development in a cross-industry, collaborative fashion.

Got an idea for a microcosm or other related project?  Tell us!


Currently, TechArk is an umbrella under which individually-funded projects are homed, making it a confederation of consulting projects.  Establishing a new project means both acceptance as a TechArk-related item and getting funding for it.

Ultimately, the goal is to have a sustainable funding model for individual activities within TechArk, so that it can be organized more formally and build itself out to tackle new projects.  To do so requires a business model and product plan.

The current draft plan looks something like this:



TechArk: creating better Internet through collaboration

While 2015 saw a steadily growing set of activity around the notion of a “Centre for Creative Development for the Internet“,  the plan for 2016 is to drive some more concrete activities and see if we can generate enough interest and support to make this an actual organization, with resources, for ongoing focus on collaboration and cross-industry facilitation.

You can check out the 2016 TechArk Plan, and be sure to check back in for updates through the year.  Better yet — come collaborate!



v6 Health Metric with NOMA — at RIPE 74, May 2017.  (You can watch the video of the presentation from the RIPE 74 archive, here).

NOMA at the MAPRG meeting — July 2016. (You can watch the video of the MAPRG meeting delivery from the IETF YouTube channel, here).

Introducing NOMA — April 2016.

Whitepapers, reports

Report from the first NOMA workshop, June 2016.

Report from the first URSA roundtable, April 2015.


TechArk descriptions, plans

2016 TechArk Plan.



Too often,  deployment of new and needed technologies can languish because they require a concerted effort across independent networks that span international borders.   The right people in one company might know the right people in another, but there’s no way to iron out the details on how to move forward, or find other willing partners to engage in deployment and (re)development.

Cross-industry collaboration has important precedents, but it is rarely completely spontaneous:  there is no “magic wand” for Internet technology deployment.   The intention for TechArk is to cultivate it where and when needed, empowering individual organizations to make the Internet better.


TechArk is a “centre for the creative development of the Internet” (CCDI).   Its work is to advance the Internet’s technology development and deployment through leadership and targeted activities coordinating action of interested Internet stakeholders.

TechArk is not a formal organization, at this time. It is a second-generation formulation of an approach to tackling hard Internet problems, organized by Thinking Cat Enterprises LLC.


About the concept of a Centre for the Creative Development of the Internet

Centre:  Organized hub for collaborative activities

  • Coordination, not ownership


  • New targets
  • Innovative approaches


  • Evolution of the Internet as a whole
  • Making a bigger pie for all interests
  • Technology: defining, building, deploying, operating


  • The global network of networks

Thoughts and suggestions to:  ldaigle at .