Accessible Use Policy for RENAM Data Communication Infrastructure

I. General Statements

Art.1 The Data Communication Infrastructure RENAM (DCI RENAM) is open for all non-profit institutions from Moldova which carry on research, educational or similar activities (culture, healthcare).

Art.2 DCI RENAM carries out the strategy in the data communications filed for the indiscriminatory use by all research and educational community of Moldova, including culture and healthcare domains. DCI RENAM does not provide commercial services to users that do not belong to above categories.

Art.3 DCI RENAM is organized on a computer network topology, and is a part of Internet. RENAM respects the actual international principles and regulations with regards to Internet.

Art.4 Any activity which is carried out through DCI RENAM must respect the national and international legislation as well as the present regulations.

II. Objectives

Art.5 DCI RENAM goals are:
-Support for educational, research and cultural activities.
-Institution interconnects for communication, reporting, collaboration and resource sharing.
-Facilitating high-quality and non-discriminating institution access to the educational, scientific and cultural resources existing on Internet.
-Advanced technologies promotion, competence creation, support for the development of education and research resources in the field of information technology, communications and other domains.

III. Description

Art.6 The DCI RENAM operation is regulated through – Council of the Association (CA) headed by the Association Co-presidents and is performed by Directors-executive department. Any other regulations concerning the development of the network, the financing method, representation, association, etc. which are not stipulated in the Operating Regulations are carried through CA.

Art.7 Administrative and technical support of the network operation is organized within RENAM’s Network Operating Center (NOC). The constitution of the NOC is regulated through CA. The functions of NOC deal with RENAM network associated projects elaboration and realization, network infrastructure maintenance, technical assistance and users support. NOC is responsible for all networking projects management in scientific – educational sphere, network infrastructure development and providing technical and administrative support for the national Academic and Research network and it’s users.

Art.8 The Data Communication Infrastructure of RENAM is organized on three levels:
Level 0 represents the main border nodes, providing external communications for all RENAM’s networking infrastructure (nodes where external routers distribute Internet traffic)
Level 1 represents the RENAM’s points-of-presence (POP) nodes and their links to level 0 nodes.
The structure of the levels 0 and 1 of DCI RENAM is established through NOC.
Level 2 represents local area networks of RENAM’s members, along with the links between these networks and the level 0 and level 1 nodes of DCI RENAM.

Art.9 The main task of NOC consists in operations management and administration of the RENAM’s DCI on levels 0 and 1 and in connection the RENAM’s members to the level 0 and level 1 nodes.
For providing above, NOC
-Assures the operation of the internal nodes, the access of the RENAM’s members to the internal nodes and monitoring traffic passing through these nodes. Depending on certain conditions, NOC can propose to contract others for satisfying a part of these tasks.
-Installs or leases national or international communication channels and assures the operation of these in the network.
-Implements the RENAM’s development programs.
-Manages the RENAM’s financing resources.
-Obtains and maintains the equipment which operates on the levels 0 and 1 of RENAM. Depending on certain conditions, NOC can propose to contract other institutions for installing and maintaining this equipment.
-Offers free consulting services for RENAM members.
-Develops activities having as a goal the promotion of advanced technologies, competence creation, education and research development in the information and communications technology domain.

Art.10 RENAM member can become any institution, which addresses a writing request to AC and agrees the principles, politics and regulations of RENAM.

Art.11 RENAM membership’s attribute, gathering all the rights and obligations which are implied, is obtained by means of a contract with AC. The contract is signed by the head of the institution which demands to become a RENAM member and by Association Co-presidents. The rights and obligations of the parts involved, usage technical details of the services along with financial issues are to be mentioned in the contract.

Art.12 The RENAM member attribute, can be withdrawn through a decision of the AC if the respective institution violates in a flagrant way, deliberate or repeatedly the signed contract for obtaining the RENAM membership attribute. The respective institution will be notified on the decision to withdraw the RENAM member attribute through a paper signed by the Association’s Co-presidents.

IV. Financing

Art.13 The financing of the DCI RENAM’s levels 0 and 1, representing communication fees, operating and administering expenses, development programs expenses and acquirement and maintenance of the equipment expenses is realized through the RENAM budget from the following sources:
-Scientific and educational allowances
-External financing, eventually completing the direct financing of the Moldavian state
-RENAM members’ contributions
-Other DCI RENAM incomes.

Art.14 The value of the RENAM members’ contributions for the network’s financing is established each year through AC.

Art.15 The financing of the DCI RENAM’s level 2 is the exclusive responsibility of the RENAM members which initiate and benefit directly of the respective network segments.

V. Access and Interconnection Regulations

Art.16 Any RENAM member gains free and equal access to all the DCI RENAM’s resources.

Art.17 RENAM members agree to access the DCI RENAM’s resources according with the present regulations and with the signed contract for gaining the RENAM member attribute.

Art.18 NOC is able to take limiting access measures against those who violate the present regulations or the signed contract for gaining the RENAM member attribute. The limiting access measures are: partially or totally interruption of some or all of the enabled access at DCI RENAM services towards one or more points of access or towards certain servers belonging to the respective institution. These are time-limited measures until the case is solved.

Art.19 DCI RENAM is open for interconnection with other data communication service providers for decreasing the roundabout traffic.

Art.20 As a general rule, the DCI RENAM interconnection to other networks should permit exclusively the data transmission to and from RENAM members.

Art.21 The DCI RENAM interconnection links with other networks are available only at the RENAM’s internal nodes, the RENAM members not being able to realize such links.

Art.22 The DCI RENAM interconnection with another network is realized based on an interconnection contract. The RENAM Association Co-presidents signs the contract along with authorized representative of the other network.

Art.23 The DCI RENAM interconnection strategy with other data communication service providers is established periodically through Association Co-presidents after council approval.

Art.24 An exception from the Art.19-Art.23 can be the interconnections with data communication infrastructures with the same profile (educational, academic, research, cultural, medical). The interconnection with this kind of network doesn’t have limited character and can be realized based on association protocol signed by RENAM Co-president after council approval.

VI. The rights and obligations of the RENAM members, administrators and users

Art.25 The RENAM members, administrators and users’ rights and obligations are established by the present regulations and the three behavior codes specific for each category: RENAM Member Institution Code, RENAM System Administrator Code, RENAM User Code.

Art.26 Each RENAM Member may elaborate its own operating rules and regulations, but these have to include the ones provided in the RENAM Member Institution and RENAM System Administrator rules described in what follows.

VII. Operating Regulations for the RENAM Member Institution

-The RENAM Member has to follow the state laws and the rules provided in the present regulation.
-RENAM member institution chairmen are directly responsible with the correct following of the present regulations, in the name of the institution and also in the name of its users.
-Each equipment utilized inside DCI RENAM must be allocated to its own System Administrator, who will follow the RENAM System Administrators Regulations.
-The System Administrator is concerned only with the correct utilization of that equipment.
-Lack of a System Administrator or an unqualified one makes all the responsibility fall on the institutions chairman.
-The RENAM Member is responsible for evaluating the knowledge level of the future System Administrator.
-Until else proven, the RENAM Member Institution has to consider that all its users and system administrators are of “good faith” and they qualify for the highest standards of moral and ethic.
-All security measures fall under the direct incidence of the RENAM Member Institution.
-The chairman has to follow the following regulations:
1.Has to have his own official e-mail address that he/she has to check each day. This address will be used by NOC for communicating information regarding the well working of DCI RENAM. In the case that NOC ask a specific question, an answer must be given.
2.Has to inform all administrators and users of DCI RENAM of their respective rights and obligations.
3.Has to assure that all users receive instructions about what adequate resource utilization means, and also about what will be done if a violation of the regulations is made.
-About the violation of the regulations of the RENAM Member Institution, the chairman will be notified. In the case that the violation repeats itself, NOC will limit the member’s access to the DCI RENAM resources. If this measure fails too the violating institution will be disconnected from the DCI RENAM.

VIII. RENAM System Administrator’s Regulations

-System administrator is a qualified person that handles and operates equipment for the use of other people.
-The administrator will have the obligation to maintain in good condition the equipment he administers.
-The administrator has the constant obligation to elaborate his/hers professional knowledge.
-The administrator also has to follow the User’s regulations due to the fact that he/she is actually a user too.
-Having more rights that the default user, the system administrators may not abuse this fact.
-He/She will constantly check up the equipments behavior, and will check up with all the other administrators if something goes wrong.
-He/She will take measures for revealing any unauthorized usage of the resources that he has into administration.
-He/She has their right to restrict the access to DCI RENAM resources if the user is found of violating any part of its regulation.
-In the case that the administrator fails follow the present regulation, he will be notified. If this happens again his administering job will be revoked and he/she may also suffer administrative consequences. In case of intentional and grave destructive actions his administering job will be revoked forever in frame of RENAM infrastructure.

IX. RENAM Users Regulations

-All users will access the DCI RENAM in an ethical and legal manner.

-Until else proven, all users are to be considered as of “good faith”, and qualify to the highest standards of morals and ethics.

-As a condition to become a user, the person has to accept the present regulations.

-The network resources will only be used in academic and administrative purposes and only incidentally in personal purposes.

-The users have the responsibility of their actions.

-The intentional utilization of the resources in any other purpose rather than the academic, research, administrative or personal – noncommercial, will be considered as being unauthorized.

-Without limiting ourselves, here are some examples of miss utilization:
1.Utilization of the resources in any other ways then they were originally designed to. Utilization of an account or computer without authorization, or handing resources to third parties or groups without specific authorization.
2.Reading, modifying, deleting, copying, adding or printing files, programs or passwords that the respective person does not own and is not authorized to access.
3.Utilization of E-Mail, web servers and bulletins for transmitting obscene, repeated, illegal or unsolicited and with a commercial character.
4.Writing, distributing and utilizing programs that bother other people or deteriorate software or hardware components inside utilized equipments (e.g. viruses).
5.Compromising the systems security.
6.Compromising the systems integrity.
7.Utilization of unauthorized or unlicensed programs.
8.Violating licensing terms the institution is bounded to.
9.Stealing or high jacking the equipments (e.g. equipments, information, programs, utilization time). Activities the lead to limiting accessibility to other users.

-The users that are found not to follow these regulations are to answer to the providing institution. Actions can be taken on a disciplinary, administrative or legal line.

-The responsibility of handling a violating user falls under the incidence of the systems administrator as well as to the institutions chairman.

-In the case that the user fails to comply to these regulations, he will be notified. If it happens again he will be sanctioned. If the violation is of a serious matter, and made intentionally the user will no longer access any resource from DCI RENAM.